Last week we received the saddening news that Her Majesty The Queen had passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
The Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. 2022 marked her Platinum Jubilee - 70 years on the throne. This makes her the longest reigning monarch in the history of our country, surpassing the 63 year reign of Queen Victoria.
She had presided over Britain in times of great triumph and equal despair - with her messages during the latter offering the nation hope of better days to come.
Her constant presence in our lives reminded us of our rich and storied history, with the values she put at the forefront of her life - class, dignity, stoicism, resolve and duty - showing us what every Briton should aspire to be.
In 1947, speaking to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, a 21 year-old Elizabeth said:
‘My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service’.
And for 75 years, she steadfast kept her promise.
For that, we say thank you Ma'am. May you rest in peace.