Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen Elizabeth II, was born the 21st of April 1926 and sadly died on the 8th of September 2022. She was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from the 6th of February 1952.
Born a princess and part of a royal lineage, she had a carefree upbringing, as almost any ordinary child would in an ordinary family. She had no concept of what was to come. She had no idea how her life was going to change. She had no idea the impact she would have on the peoples of the world. She was unaware in her youth, in her new marriage, or as a very young mother, what great worldly task would come to her. It was a task many would run away from, and yet her courage and the love she had for her country gave her the determination to accept this royal position.
It was on the veranda at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, in 1952, that the devastating moment came of her father’s death. At that moment, she became the Queen and no longer part of the ordinary world. After the loss of her beloved father, she said that there is no magic formula to change your sorrow into happiness. And yet, change is the only thing we can ever rely on. Nothing is constant.
The Queen was an extraordinary connection for me. She felt she had a duty to her family and her fellow citizens to become the Queen of her beloved United Kingdom, the outer realms, and the Commonwealth, and to be the Defender of the Faith.
She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her life and served as monarch of 15 of them at the time of her death.
Her devoted connection to Christ and the gospels was her deep resonance that always sustained her. In her Christmas 2014 message, she said this:
For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, He stretched out His hands in love, acceptance, and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none.
She said that her faith took her through the good times and bad, when all the world was torn with grief. This was her 2020 Easter message, during the coronavirus pandemic:
As dark as death can be—particularly for those suffering with grief—light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.
A golden thread of spiritual engagement was woven, and a young princess became a queen, an extraordinary queen.
For me, she has been a constant. She was my family when I felt alone in this world, someone to come home to when I felt life had gone awry, someone I loved to see because of her radiance and positivity. She was this not only to me but to hundreds of millions of people around the world. She taught me an enduring love, a selfless love; she taught me that people matter, that who people are, what they want, and what they do is important.
Behind the scenes, she was an ordinary country girl at heart, yet a businesswoman and wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, an aunt, a friend, and a natural beauty. She was an icon and an embodiment of elegance.
She lived through the changes and the upheavals with a dignity that has taught me to simply carry on as best as I can.
She was a cultural queen of humanity. She was wise beyond logic, and one of her phrases that always made me smile was this: Humans have a propensity for good, don’t they? She saw the good in everyone and that love is their first and most natural state. She recognized that no one is immune from the negative impacts of the world, including herself. And so, to me, she was the real deal as a right and true human being—ordinary and extraordinary.
I think that is what made her so popular and so endearing—her elegant ability to touch someone in the most humane way while living that oh-so-grand lifestyle. It must have put some people off, approaching her. And yet, for hundreds of millions of us, she was our friend, our mother, our sister, our grandmother, our companion for life. She had that impact on us all. She made everyone feel important—presidents and prime ministers, archbishops and spiritual leaders, film stars and actors, the poor, the sick, and all the ordinary folk like me. All felt her love, and we knew it was real. We all knew her love, and her commitment to serve was real.
She was the most famous woman in the world, the most filmed and the most photographed, the most documented. How she turned up, so ready with such a passion and lust to do her job and smile away, was a sheer joy to experience. She exemplified tolerance, acceptance, and loving endurance.
This poem, by William Blake, speaks to her passing:
The Door of Death is made of Gold,
That Mortal Eyes cannot behold;
But, when the Mortal Eyes are clos’d,
And cold and pale the Limbs repos’d,
The Soul awakes; and, wond’ring, sees
In her mild Hand the golden Keys;
The Grave is Heaven’s golden Gate,
And rich and poor around it wait;
O Shepherdess of England’s Fold,
Behold this Gate of Pearl and Gold!
To dedicate to England’s Queen
The Visions that my Soul has seen,
And, by her kind permission, bring
What I have borne on solemn Wing
From the vast regions of the Grave,
Before Her throne my Wings I wave;
Bowing before my Sov’reign’s Feet,
“The Grave produc’d these blossoms sweet
In mild repose from Earthly strife;
The Blossoms of Eternal life!”
This Australian Aboriginal Proverb, which the Queen loved, also speaks to her life and her departure from us now:
We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.
Through her, I’ve learned so much—her legacy of life will live through me and all of us who she served, and hopefully will continue on and on throughout time.
Her legacy for life showed itself last Tuesday when she got up from her bed to welcome our new prime minister. She did her duty as a servant. Two days later, she passed away. Her dedication to her country, her people, the ordinary and the extraordinary, is a magnificent legacy of life, and she has passed that on to us all.
She was our constant and our stay, our Sovereign, our Servant, and now a Saint in the golden halls of God’s house, reunited with her beloved Philip and the rest of her family.
For me, I am experiencing my intimate connection to her and through her as I grow into myself, my life, and love, to the very best of my ability, until I return home. She taught me that we are all extraordinary in our human capacity. She was human too, yet she thoroughly exemplified the sovereign superhuman.
Maybe she’s made us all realize our sovereign superhuman self. What is your connection to your sovereign self? What is your relationship to your sovereignty? I know she would enquire.
God bless our Queen, our global and noble Queen.
September 19, 2022
Thankyou Karen. Your expression of the sovereign Queen is beautiful.
As I read these beautiful words aloud to myself, I have to pause to regain control of my ability to continue. Karen’s voice resonates in my consciousness. Through her reverent expression I have come to KNOW the queen for the first time. I now understand why not only the British people, but people from around the world who knew the Queen, have solemnly mourned her passing. I not only understand their grief, I mourn with them. I also celebrate the life of one who ruled with such quiet strength and compassion.
Long live the Queen!
Blessings to All…..
Thank You dear Ron. Reading it out the first time on the Sunday Service was a shaky one the lump in my throat and my heart centre was like a burning hard stone of sadness and shock. Our nation and our world wasn’t ready for her to leave us. What a global peacemaker and constant gentle stay she was – committed to God and her love for Jesus gave her the strength to be the defender of the faith. The orb, crown and septa were symbols of holding that Sovereignty for us all. It takes a person of an extraordinary strength to wear them, hold them and uphold them in total dedication. A small woman did it for many, a mother, a wife and a dear friend to us all. A great symbol of her dedication to duty that we can achieve it too in our own way.
Karen that is an amazing tribute to our beautiful Queen so well explained how wonderful she was – well done you 💕
I think her faith and belief in Jesus as her guiding light is testimony to her wonderful life and the legacy she has left – love , family, duty , work , we must all take note and be thankful- God Bless this beautiful lady
Thank you x
Thank you dear Janet. I’m sure the deep ache in our hearts will pass on her sudden leaving. Yet her legacy and the glorious memories of her will live on with us, for us to pass down into our children and grandchildren. All we can do is to be unified in our faith and our love of peace to emit the torch of light in her glorious wake. Blessing to You dear spirit as you pour that light also into this world xxx
Thank you, Karen. I am so glad this was published, for all to read. – Dprian
Thank you dear Dorian. It was a difficult day when I read it out on the service and stumbled over some dates made some errors. It was such a shock to us here then the ripples it created globally too was felt by our small island. Ten days of mourning now gone as her body was committed today to rest with her beloved family and ancestors. Her nation stretched far from this United Kingdom as her sovereign self stretched and United a world with her gentleness and her peacekeeping magnetism. Blessings to you and your sovereign strength dear friend blessings in glorified abundance.xxx
So well spoken, Karen. I appreciated your juxtaposing her Christmas and Easter messages since I had not thought of them together that way and you have brought more of her spiritual feelings into the daylight. Thank you. It is obvious the heart connection you have with the SOVEREIGN and especially this Sovereign. Your appreciation for her rings out and rings true. WITH YOU, Tom C.
Thank You Karen for your Livelly ❤ words about Queen Elisabeth. Blessings for this special day in sayng good travel being in the other dimensions.Here now,its special to celebrate my birthday also today. To know the sovereign is a gift that Queen Elisabeth brought,reminding us all Who we are. And Yes its a special day. Love Irene
Thank you dear Irene what a Queen she was, a divine woman blessed to us all as a great peacemaker, harmoniser and constant. A mother who exemplified understanding and forgiveness makes my heart and soul proud that her feminist approach encompassed love and understanding acceptance above all else. With a mixture of joy too. Xxx
Thank you dear Tom. It’s been a big job for a little nation as the U.K. to uphold such a great and glorified global sovereign as our Beloved Queen. The shock of her passing after all the recent compacted celebrations here, her platinum jubilee, the commonwealth games this year. The new prime minister, the pandemic, her dear husbands death too. She upheld so much in her gentle ability to stay constant and true to her faith, duty and Nations. What a legacy she’s left us not only women but peoples everywhere 💫