Queen Elizabeth II: her honor, legacy, and wisdom

Maximus Hemming, Staff Writer

The entire world has since then felt the sudden impact all around as the shocking passing of Queen Elizabeth II had been unveiled two weeks ago on September 8th. After reigning for 70 years it can be very certain such a loss would be respected and mourned around the world. Having passed peacefully on a Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, she had left her final marks on the world that will be talked about for decades to come.

According to BBC News, her own son Charles III stated that the death of his mother was a “moment of great sadness,” for himself and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt around the world.” Not only was the Queen a well respected sovereign, she was also a beloved mother, and a role model for many others. 

Queen Elizabeth had only been 25 years old when she was forced to take over the throne after her father died unexpectedly, in which she then would become the monarch over the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and also several other countries, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Being the Queen of England for over seven decades is truly remarkable as we realize how difficult and challenging it is to take on that specific role, witnessing events dating back to World War 2 when Winston Churchill was still Prime Minister, who was born in 1874, all the way through to Prime Minister Truss who was born 101 years later in 1975. 

There were also other great things the Queen had done that touched the lives of many throughout the world. She was an avid animal lover who adored pets, having many dogs and horses over the years, taking very good care of each and every one. The Queen was known to love horse racing as she had bred dozens of horses, in which she would enter them in famous races such as the Royal Ascot. The horse racing business is of course taken seriously, however the Queen was always seen smiling at each of her horses, petting them on the nose. 

After all the years of being a part of such a large monarchy, and better yet, having the longest reign on the throne, Queen Elizabeth demonstrated the strength that is needed to dedicate your entire life to something that is also your own full responsibility. As a Queen, she showed other leaders what it meant to lead. 

“Above the clashes of politics, she stood not for what the nation fought over, but what it agreed upon,” leader of Britain’s Labor Party, Keir Starmer said.  These words alone speak volumes about the Queen and where her duties lied as she was for the peoples wishes and would fight to abide by them always. 

Instead of leading by power and force, she would lead by influence and example as the Prime Ministers are the ones who set the rules and laws, not the Queen. The Queen found a more constant influence on the people she had led throughout the years was stronger than that of any of the prime ministers who have come and gone before her.