In These Isles An Age Passes.


A remarkable woman will no longer be with us. 2 days ago she accepted and appointed her 15th Prime Minister.queen-elizabeth-greets-newly-elected-leader-of-the-news-photo-1662466242

Around the world leaders are paying tribute. TV stations are headlining (CNN, NBC, Fox for readers in the USA). In Paris in the ultimate tribute- the Eiffel Tower’s lights been switched off.

Most of us know only Elizabeth II as head of state. All of us have to get used to having a King and singing ‘God Save The King’. True some folk will be grumbling about the time being spent on her passing. Their words will be of little consequence over the next few days.

Let me just bring to mind but a few items I can recall:

She was instrumental over the years in the solidifying the Commonwealth of Fifty-Six nations, some with no history of being part of the old British Empire

In 2011 She visited The Republican of Ireland for 4 days and not the advised 2. Against the advice of her folk, she visited the Garden of Remembrance (dedicated to those who died in the 1916 rising). Later she was to shake hands with Martin McGuiness (Minster in the Ulster Power Sharing Govt and previously senior IRA officer).

Trump behaved himself during a state visit.  

During a time of strikes Rail Workers have called off two coming days of strikes and the Postal Workers are cancelling one current two days of strikes. As marks of respect to Elizabeth II.  

There will be many other tributes and recollections available on the world’s media which you may read if you so wish.

Elizabeth II as one other great person before her, now belongs to the ages.


18 thoughts on “In These Isles An Age Passes.

  1. Even though I had been expecting it for the last day or two, this knocked the breath out of me and tears rolled freely down my cheeks. She wasn’t technically ‘my’ Queen, but I would have been glad if she had been. She was a caring person, an intelligent woman, and perhaps the last such leader. She was a great woman and she will be missed by many on both sides of the pond.

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    • While she upheld her role with dignity – something that many people fail to do – I have never viewed her as a leader. That was not her role. She represents an institution that is an essential part of our form of democracy. Having said that, she seems to have been been a kind, thoughtful and intelligent person whose privite discussions with political leaders behind the scenes have been been very influential.

      Being one of her 5 milluon subjects in Aotearoa, I see her as an inspiration rather than as a leader.

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      • I wholeheartedly agree Barry.
        She was swift to comprehend the exact dimensions of her duty and place in the scheme of things.
        Thus she became a wielder of ‘Soft Influence’. An inspiration indeed.
        It says much about her influence that commentators in here are now asking the question ‘What next for the UK?’

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      • There is an account of the late Jim Callaghan UK PM 1976-79 a crisis ridden time in the UK.
        At a meeting with the late Queen he confessed one problem was quite beyond him. He did not know what to do. And asked what she might do.
        She replied, he said with the proverbial twinkle in her eye.
        ‘That’s what you are paid for Prime Minister,’

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      • Thanks, Barry! You’re right, she had no ‘real’ power, but she did still have power behind the scenes, and she commanded the respect of far many more than have respected any Prime Minister in recent history, I think. She will be missed all around the globe, I’m sure.

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    • I think Jill she was ‘my’ Queen for folk beyond the UK and certainly her personality transcended many borders and barriers. (Apparently she and Michelle Obama swapped opinions and shared views on the woes of wearing high heels for public display).
      Although a ‘Constitutional’ Monarch with no true executive power, there is much discussion in the UK on ‘what will happen’ now Elizabeth II is no longer here. That speaks volumes for ‘soft influence’.
      There will not be one of her like for many an age.

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