This blogger was seven years old when Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom became Queen in February 1952.
For most Britons, and most of the world, she is the only British monarch they have ever known.
While she had limited power in a constitutional monarchy, Queen Elizabeth represented dignity, grace, charm, wisdom, and so much else.
She was a model for good behavior and basic decency in a world that lately has had too many cases of public leaders who disgrace their offices with bad behavior.
Her loss, sad but expected, at the age of 96, creates a challenge for the new King, Charles III, and for the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, who just became the leader and presented her credentials as part of the last public duty and public appearance of the Queen two days earlier.
There will be a large mourning period for ten days, and then Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, September 19, when she will be buried alongside her beloved husband, Prince Philip, who died in April, 2021, two months before what would have been his 100th birthday!
God Bless the Queen, as she kept her commitment to public service!