On a blog like this one, whose byline is “amplifying good,” I feel a need to acknowledge the passing of Queen Elizabeth II– the only queen most of us have ever “known.” Her integrity and stalwartness touched the world over. I also admire that she was still working until 96, meeting with a new Prime Minister only two days before her passing, and I’m grateful she saw her platinum jubilee a few months ago.
Her legacy is enormous and there are mountains of life lessons we can all learn from her, not the least of which could be summed up by the adage, “Bloom where you are planted.” She had not much choice in her role, but lots of choice on how she responded to it. Her response to her intimidating and somewhat caged situation was one of grace and dignity whatever assailed, along with deliberate, detailed, lasting service. With all our freedoms, may we be even a fraction of the faithful servant she was.
Enjoy in this post some of my favorite photos of her!