A Queen Leaves Behind Grief-stricken World

A Queen Leaves Behind Grief-stricken World

The death on September 8 of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch prompted an outpouring of remembrances and tributes from politicians, musicians, film & TV personalities, sports franchises and cultural institutions within and outside the United Kingdom.

Her effusive but dignifying tenure caught the world unawares. She was not only a unique personality but personified dignity and a touch of moral rectitude to the extent that she defended the kingdom’s royalty with her whole capacity.

As one under whose jurisdiction saw the emergence of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Queen at no time rein in unnecessary influence outside the ceremonial posturing for which she was expected to emblematise.

It is therefore not surprising that the world virtually stands still for this unmatchable personage whose uncommon leadership has run through various fabrics of human endeavours. Indeed we cannot mourn the Queen enough back here, given her pedigree in stemming various imperialist tendencies that gave way to Nigeria’s independence in 1960.

America for instance did not lose focus in that sense of loss when President Biden quickly issued a lengthy statement in which he pledged a continuation of the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Britain saying, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era”. He was stating the obvious about this rare monarch.

Rock royalty also paid tribute.

The Rolling Stones — themselves a remarkable example of longevity — said in a statement that the Queen “was a constant presence in their lives as in countless others”.

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Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2002, also remembered her steadfastness: “For my whole life Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has always been there. In my childhood I can recall watching her wedding highlights on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the much beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal family”.

Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the monarch in The Queen, wrote that she was “a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility”.

Sir Elton John called the Queen “An inspiring presence to be around and led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth”.

King Charles 111, said of his mother in a statement, “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held”.

With the huge residue of goodwill she has left in the imprint of times, she would not be forgotten in a hurry across the globe. The Queen left no one in doubt that she embodied peace and unalloyed commitment to further the cause of humanity better than she met it.

As the Head of the Commonwealth of Nation’s which became functional given her unlimited commitment to forging a common front among former British colonies, the Queen has left not many in doubt that a better world is possible if all nations who share a common past work together. She had her fair share of inadequacies which were often overshadowed by her overall consciousness that the human race was indeed one and needed.

Though a ceremonial leader, she never lost focus that she could intervene in global issues towards making the world a better place. With her intervention in various world issues over a period of seven decades, the Queen remains a quintessential leader that remains one to be beaten.

With the formal obsequies for this royal icon still coming in a week’s time, she would no doubt be celebrated as one who has governed her space regally and bequeathing a touch of royalty to people and beyond.

With Prince Charles, taking on the role of King after his mother whom he has so venerated and celebrated, it is expected that he would not find her shoes too large to fit. He must not only talk the talk but walk it so much to keep doubters of his capacity to quiet.

His speech shortly after her demise in which he promised to continue to uphold the ideals for which his mother stood was quite reflective and reinforcing but sheer talk would not make the difference. Her shoes were really very large.  

Back home, our royalties cutting across various ethnic nationalities have a sound lesson to take home from this enigmatic personage whose deification sometimes was not blown out of proportion as many are wont to suggest.

They must be amenable to deepen the peoples will and ensure they do not waver in standing for the public good at all times. Each time, the Queen had cause to speak on any local or global issue it was weighed in the interest and rights of the majority. 

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