Without a doubt, most readers have heard about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the LoyaltyLobby team joins in the sorrow of those in the UK and the rest of the world that knew and loved the longest-living and longest-reigning British monarch.
Elizabeth II undeniably represented the best of Britain and the United Kingdom and was beloved not only by those citizens, but by most throughout the now largely independent Commonwealth. Whether you are a royalist or not, it cannot be debated that she became and will forever remain, a British icon.
When the Queen and Prince Philip travelled abroad, as they frequently did, they often did so on flag carriers of the Commonwealth countries, as per the title image. In the image below, the Royal Couple visited the US, flying on-board another British (and French) icon, the Concorde.
From my own personal experience, growing up and living in a Commonwealth country, I saw Elizabeth II as also our Queen and duly swore an allegiance to her when commencing my time in the civil service. Even for those not from a Commonwealth country, if they have traveled to London they have undoubtedly immediately thought of Queen Elizabeth II and probably visited (from the public side) her residence at Buckingham Palace.
For many, it will take a great deal of thought and time to adjust to a new monarch, as for most of us, it Elizabeth II is the only British monarch we have known. Despite her petite stature, her son and successor, King Charles III will be challenged to fulfill the immense legacy and admiration of global citizens she has left behind. Our condolences go out to the Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth II’s presence and grace will be dearly missed.
Regina mortua est. Vivat Rex!