"O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself
a king of infinite space,
were it not that I have bad dreams."
- Hamlet Act II scene ii
What a beautiful picture, one I've never seenShe was a truly remarkable woman, dedicated and dutiful. May she rest in peace.
I wanted a photo of her in her youth - not as the frail old woman she gradually became. Yes - "remarkable" is the right word Christina. Something died in all of us today.
Beautiful, as Christina said. The photo to remember her by.You would have cut the mustard as editor of The Picture Post.*Pietro Annigoni - the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022.* YouTube.
It's so sad. She's was an amazing woman.
She was a good example to us all.
A classy and elegant person who always put her country first. She will be mourned and missed.
You are right Margaret. And her late sister bore your name.
This is a sad day for the entire world.
Something so constant like the north star.
*I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.*The Queen's Coronation Oath June 2nd 1953.
She stuck to that pledge.
Through every day of her life.C.S. Lewis wrote a letter in which he described the weight of glory that lay on her young shoulders at the unseen anointment during the Coronation. Elizabeth heard of the death of her father, King George VI when she was at Treetops in Kenya with Prince Philip.They stood talking for some time, outside the safari lodge.She took in the news of the passing of her father whom she loved and who never wanted to be king.Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.The life of Queen Elizabeth, the history of her time and the story of the Commonwealth come alive now.Britain is a different place without the Queen Elizabeth II.
I feel quite sad this evening.
How shall we live without her?
I was so sad to hear the news about your Queen. What an amazing life she had and she certainly made such a wonderful contribution to the world. She will be missed but remembered with love.
Politicians and leaders came and went. Only The Queen endured.
Doubtful there will be another like her, who regned for so long.
Normally I am a republican with a small "r" but for Elizabeth and Charles I can rest my rebellion.
I'm so very sad and extend my condolences to the people of the U.K. It's the end of an era. May she rest in peace.
Thank you Jennifer.
Our deepest condolences to you all.
They are humbly accepted Mary.
Beautiful. I, too, offer my condolences to your fellow country people. She was like a benevolent and steady mother and grandmother to all.
A simple but powerful comment on Queen Elizabeth.
A tear rolling down my cheek.
I share in your admiration and sense of loss, YP. Her dedication to her position was unwavering. Truly a strong and steady presence for a very long time.
Something like the glue that held things together.
Not a shock, but still very sad. In my country, she was well loved and respected - not just by her (and her husband's) many relatives. To me, she was the embodiment of dignity, and I think she truly believed in what she did.Wonderful picture.
Her dedication was unwavering.
I feel totally bereft. She has been there all my life bar the first year. To hear them saying King Charles seems very strange.
He will follow her example but I wonder about his commercial enterprises.
Thank you from Adelaide Australia too. Queen Elizabeth was such a fine lady, doing her duties always with grace and goodwill. Very much admired and liked by me. Will you watch the funeral cortege as it travels from Balmoral to Edinburgh to London?
I don't know what is happening about that River.
"She was woven into the cloth of our lives" perhaps says it all for me. A sad time.
End of an era. What now?
Beautiful picture full of life and love. Thank you, Jan Bx
In those days she had no idea what her future would hold.
The most distressing news. It feels as though we have all lost a close family member.
She was our other mother.
That poor child was not born to fill that role and didn't she do well.
That's what Bruce Forsyth would have said.
I'm a great fan of the Queen. I read this quote today and it really sums up the reason for my respect and admiration:" A thousand photographers waited in earnest for a sign of annoyance, exasperation, arrogance, vanity, or aloofness. And yet in years and years and years, none came."
Her conduct was so very professional but also very genuine. We will not see her like again.
Kylie touches on the mystery of Elizabeth Windsor's character.The cynics waited on some small flaw with which to indict her.None came.King Charles III has received a masterclass from his mother.Penny Junor said Queen Elizabeth never once behaved like a prima donna.*Queen never thought of herself as a celebrity, royal author says.* YouTube.
As many will have said, with her passing passes a reign the like of which will never be seen again.
My Queen, forever in my heart. ❤️
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