According to a recent news item, Queen Elizabeth II will become a great-grandmother for the first time at the age of 84 years. No, it has nothing to do with the young prince who’s girlfriend is reportedly pregnant. Buckingham Palace made the announcement last week that Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, and his Canadian wife, Autumn, are expecting a child. The palace also reported that the queen and her husband are pleased, as are Autumn’s family. As the queen’s oldest grandchild, Philips is 11th in line to the throne.
I remember Queen Elizabeth as a young woman at her coronation in 1953. My family did not have a television at that time, but my best friend down the street did, and I was invited to watch the momentous event. Elizabeth was beautiful then and she is today. I respect her for her stern, sturdy demeanor in spite of the royal messes thrown at her in her life. She has a good, solid character that is not easily shaken; now does she roll over or capitulate for anyone. She always maintains a calm, quiet attitude which gives her that endearing English charm.
I remember when Queen Elizabeth instituted the “walkabout,” in which she met, shook hands, and chatted with ordinary people in the crowds that gathered around her. She always believed that her constituents needed to see her in order to have faith and trust in her. Her efforts have not been unsuccessful. This tireless, hard work won her the respect of her subjects. Her own daughter-in-law, Princes Di, followed in her footsteps, making friends and showing her care and concern everywhere she went.
Queen Elizabeth shared some very deep and meaningful truths as recorded by Jon Meacham in Newsweek, 7/10/10. “It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all,” Elizabeth said. “I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm, and their inspiration, to work together.”
I admire and respect this great woman of the ages. Her charming smiles are for the press and those who line the streets to show her their love. Her welcoming ambiance of good will remains behind even after she passes by. As I watched the news clips of her United Nations address, even at her advanced age of 84, I see the confidence, the great energy and strength of personal character that have developed over the years.