Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor born April 21, 1926, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2022.
Many things can be said of the Queen. But most importantly were her character traits of love, loyalty, conviction, dignity, and strength. Yet, her learned trait of humility often goes unnoticed. It was not public pressure that forced Queen Elizabeth to acquiesce to the public’s outcry of her silence regarding Princess Diana’s death in 1997. The learned behavior of stoicism is still considered a strength in many cultures and does not waver because of varying situations.
Queen Elizabeth’s heart response was demonstrated by breaching the monarchy’s protocol not once, but three times. Yet her greatest act of humility occurred when, “The next day, the day of the funeral, came the biggest breach of protocol of them all. The queen stood with her family, and as Diana’s funeral cortege passed by, she bowed her head. It was not a quick bow, nor a shallow one. The woman accustomed to being bowed by the world now lowered her head and humbly honored the princess.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/09/10/queen-elizabeth-princess-diana-funeral/
Criticism of the Queen arose in the latter years of her reign because she failed to apologize for the past injustices including slavery and Colonialism, and the present social issue of racism in the UK. Whether we agree or not, she remained focused and steadfast as a leader for 70 years. Queen Elizabeth’s wisdom was not fueled by emotions. Reality caused her to realize that she could not eradicate racism or give financial reparation for past atrocities.
Before we throw stones, we must ask ourselves, “What is my current role in Social Activism?” Are we contributing to the rise of “isms?” Our passiveness or distancing ourselves from the current social injustices clearly reveals that we do not care about others or global issues.
Before we demand an apology, “How many of us are holding on to past hurts from individuals [deceased and living] because they never apologized?” In fact, most people who received an apology are still harboring hatred in their hearts for those who caused them harm. The intentional act of forgiveness [without receiving an apology] provides one with mental and emotional freedom, and the motivation, strength, and perseverance to move forward, resulting in a peaceful and productive life. Our future outlook is dependent on our logic or our uncontrolled emotions.
Although the Elizabethan Era ended on September 8, 2022, and has left feelings of ambivalence among many people, Queen Elizabeth II deserves respect for her undaunting leadership. Yet, we must never forget that the royal family has lost their Queen Mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The staff who diligently served the Queen, the people of the UK, and those who loved and respected her tireless perseverance are also grieving.
And our hearts must allow overwhelming compassion for King Charles II, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Yes, many of us will miss the resilience and dignity of a deeply loved Queen.
Edited to include the names of the Queen’s four children.
Sonya Johnson 09/12/2022