As an Aussie, the Queen was my Head of State. Her passing last week had me thinking about her life and what she meant to me. Queen Elizabeth II was someone I admired greatly. She wasn’t born to be Queen, but thanks to the abdication by her uncle, she found herself in the role. A life of service.
Apart from the fact she wore bright colours (like in the photo below), seemed to have a wicked sense of humour and was devotedly married for a lifetime, she worked hard. Really hard. She’s famous for reading her Red Box (all the paperwork and documents generated from Parliament and the like) 363 days of the year (Easter and Christmas days were the exceptions). So even on “holiday” she read.
Every time she set foot out of the palace she had to look immaculate, smile, control her emotions and be prepared for a million eyes to be on her. She had to go to events she must have dreaded, make polite conversation with thousands of people – and seem interested in them – and ride the ups and downs of family life with the world watching and judging…and she never complained in public, or sought praise and admiration for what she did.
She did this for 70 years.
I think everyone could take a lesson from the Queen. Work hard, don’t complain, accept what life throws at you and get on with it – without expecting or needing commendation and adulation. But in doing so keep true to yourself (I did say she loved bright clothes).
What did you admire about the Queen?