Thank you, Ma’am, for everything…

Following last night’s devastating announcement from Buckingham Palace, our country, and indeed the world is in mourning for our longest reigning monarch, our beloved Queen Elizabeth II.

Throughout her seventy years as our sovereign, our magnificent Queen was a much-needed steadfast and unifying constant in an increasingly inconstant world, a globally respected figure and shining example of the best of humanity. It is my belief that, in her final days, she hung on in order to meet and appoint our new prime minister, to do her duty to the very end, thus fulfilling the promise she made to the British people all those decades ago that she would serve us faithfully for all her days.

Your Majesty, you were always there for us; you were one of the few good things within this mad modern world. Our loss is history’s gain as you now take your place at the head of the historic greats, and on behalf of myself and countless others, I would like to say:

Thank you for your selfless and unwavering devotion to duty

Thank you for your dazzling smile and your sense of fun

Thank you for your enduring presence through good times and bad…

…and in the words of your impish tea companion on the occasion of your Platinum Jubilee celebrations…

Thank you, Ma’am, for everything…

Image: Eleanor Tomlinson

Queen Elizabeth II
1926 – 2022