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63 Royal Years and Counting

Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be queen for a day? How about 23,229 days?

On Sept. 9 of this year, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-ever reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years.

If asked, I might like to be queen for a day. Maybe. I mean, why not? But queen for 63 years and 218 days? Although I understand it to be an honor unlike any other, I’d have to answer with a resounding and seemingly rude, “No, thank you! I’ll stick with virtual anonymity.”

But I have my reasons. Even 218 days might be too many if you consider the stress she must be under as she attends roughly 430 engagements per year. (Does that mean shopping for 430 different outfits? Or does she have a body double who handles that? Either case would send me into a tailspin of anxiety.)

She also supports more than 600 charitable organizations and programs, which probably means hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls, and constant contact with people all the time. Again, I say, no thank you very much.

I certainly hope for her sake that the Queen gets her “me time” in on a daily basis, playing with her dogs and horses, and watching wrestling, of course. (No kidding, she likes wrestling!) Although we’ve never met and likely never will, I can only imagine Queen Elizabeth to be as cool as an English cucumber, as well as determined and thoroughly sane, even in times of severe unrest. How else could she have made it thus far?

In 2013, she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, for which a special service was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2nd, and she was surrounded by family members like her husband Prince Philip, son Prince Charles and her grandsons Prince Harry and Prince William, as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron.

During the course of her 63 years, she has shed some light on the type of person she is. Here is a virtual curtsy as we celebrate this collection of royal quotes and quips.

“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.”

“The British constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.”

“I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.”

“It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.”

“I have to be seen to be believed.”

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.”

“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.”

Even though, Princess Diana Spencer was her ex-daughter-in-law at the time of her untimely death, Queen Elizabeth still had something nice to say, regardless of how long it took her to say it.

“First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her - for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.”

And perhaps the most precious and my favorite ones to date, “The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.”

And…“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 October 2015 19:26

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