The world has heard, Queen Elizabeth the Second had just passed away yesterday morning. I was ‘glued to the tube’ for several hours. For me, she was one of the finest women who’s ever lived. I confess I didn’t always see it that way. Growing up, I did not understand her role and purpose as head of state. I was 13 years old and I recall an ignorant comment I had made in class (I was joking of course). The teacher (a British expat) heard it and he was NOT happy and said he’d throw me outside the window (and he was joking of course). I realized I had offended not only him but also what she represents to the nation.
Today, decades later and with lots of schooling under my belt, I have grew fond of her. My respect for her as head of state and for her character as a person has increased manifold. (See my previous post here on source of our rights and freedoms).
Of all the royals, she has been stable and upstanding. Not many people could endure the turmoils she has experienced within the royal family. Families are never perfect–this family included.
Officially, what is her role? The Sovereign holds the title ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England’ There is a very famous and symbolic picture of her 1953 coronation when Her Majesty was anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and took an oath to “maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England”.
Her faith has helped her be the rock of family. She has strong unbending faith and is an ardent believer in Jesus Christ. This is an example she has set not only for British citizens but also for commonwealth nations.
I look forward to watching her funeral. She will be honoured because she has fulfilled her role as defender of the faith and as head of state in the most dignified way. She will be remembered by this generation and the last three generations as one of the finest individuals who has given of herself to service of God, nation, and family.
May Her Majesty rest in peace… and long live the king.