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11th September 2022

A great deal has happened since my last blog, almost nine months ago, but I cannot write this one without talking about events which have rocked my country — the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the ascension to the throne of King Charles III.

I found myself unexpectedly affected by this.  I have never met the Queen — I saw her once, from a distance, when I was about six or seven — and I wouldn't describe myself as a royalist.  But still I find myself, at odd moments, wiping away a tear.

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Whatever my feelings on the monarchy — and this is neither the time nor the place to bang that particular drum — there is no denying that the Queen was a remarkable woman.  One who touched the lives of millions of people nationwide, across the Commonwealth, and all around the world.  Her dedication to duty, and to a life lived in service, were remarkable.  And her rôle as a well-loved and respected world leader — on a stage dominated by men — was truly inspirational. 

Queen Elizabeth was the only monarch most of us have known, reigning for an astonishing 70 years and 214 days.  Not just a rôle-model or a figurehead, she was part of our cultural identity, a quintessential part of 'Britishness'.  She will be greatly missed.

Queen Elizabth II
1926 - 2022
Requiescat in Pace

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