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    Queen Elizabeth: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return”

    Queen Elizabeth: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return”

    God Save The Queen

    Queen Elizabeth II just gave a pre-recorded address to Britain, which of course was broadcast around the world.

    As you would expect, the Queen displayed that famous English stiff upper lip and sense of understatement, much as she did during World War II. It was only her fourth such speech since assuming the throne on February 6, 1952.

    I found this rather ‘dry’ speech to be quite emotional, at least for me. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was the sense of history from having this Queen deliver it. Perhaps it’s because, being just one generation removed from WWII, her wartime role still stirs something deep within me.

    Full Text:

    “I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

    “I want to thank everyone on the NHS (National Health Service) front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

    “I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.

    “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

    “The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

    “Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

    “And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.

    “It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do. While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.

    “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.

    “But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”

    Flashback to 1940:


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    It is also remarkable that she has kept herself relevant for nearly 70 years now. Unlike – now who was that guy who was POTUS just before Trump?

    I will never understand American’s fascination with the British monarchy.

    I have nothing against Queen Elizabeth and as far as British monarchs go, she seems to be all right, but other than being dignified in her dotage, I feel no particular admiration or respect for her.

    The entire concept that a person should be idolized, pampered and cared for their entire life at the taxpayer’s dime for no reason other than the lineage from which they are descended is abhorrent to me.

    She’s had her every need fulfilled for her from the day of her birth. She’s never spent a day hungry, or without (brand new expensive) clothes, or shelter. She’s never had to wonder whether the extra hours from the second or third job is going to pay enough to keep the lights on. She’s never had to worry about getting a pink slip during the current round of layoffs.

    I could go on, but the bottom line is, there’s nothing admirable or praiseworthy about an entire family living lavish, wealthy lifestyles, while on welfare their entire lives.

    I could say the same thing of some of the political dynasties in the US, but at least in the US, the parasites living their whole lives on our dime have to cheat us to do it.

      DSHornet in reply to Sailorcurt. | April 6, 2020 at 9:22 am

      If you look at the institution from a strictly utilitarian point of view, what you say is true. But there’s more to it than that. The British have an extremely strong sense of tradition which helps them stay grounded in a changing world. Every ship needs an anchor and she is theirs.

        BierceAmbrose in reply to DSHornet. | April 6, 2020 at 11:14 am

        If you look at the institution from a purely utilitarian point of view … it makes a pretty good argument for itself.

        Commonly it’s called separating head of govt from bead of state. I’d add separating out “head, figurehead, of a people.” England’s Queen makes sense as a symbol of “who we are” and more “who we aspire to be.” That helps. Maybe in a pandemic. Maybe when shenanigans around Brexit go too far, n long, n it’s time to say “time to have an outcome.”

        One aspect of Fascism: the Maximum Leader claims to speak for the essence of the people. Having that claim tied up, and limited to persuasion n example seems a better plan.

      Hollymon in reply to Sailorcurt. | April 6, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      You’re right. You never will. All I know is that the British seem to like it. Get a sense of history before you construct your dictatorship of the proletariat. One size does not fit all.

    Richard Aubrey | April 6, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Every now and again, some minor European nobleman shows up in a uniform his butler found for him in a closet. Then he’s shown reviewing the troops. Saw a pic of somebody like that putting flowers in a grave–US WW II site. Guy even had a little harness on his left side holding a very small–symbolic only–sword not much bigger than your larger letter opener.
    The Brit royals have been different. They’ve shown up for the wars. The Queen’s father was at Jutland. After becoming King, he did his king thing, took a shift at an aircraft factory where everybody knew who he was but pretended he was just “Alf”. And was “Wing Commander Smith” at SHAEF meetings. Phillip was in the Med in the RN. Charles commanded a minesweeper during the earlier part of the Cold War. Randy Andy flew choppers in the Falklands. William flew rescue helicopters. Harry was a FO–or whatever they call them these days for his first tour, and was on attack helicopters for his second tour.
    Elizabeth and the rest of her family stayed in London rather than evacuate.
    If you have to have a monarchy, these are the real deal.

    texansamurai | April 6, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Every ship needs an anchor and she is theirs.

    perfectly stated–not only an anchor but a living, breathing human being whose character and dignity are acknowledged throughout the world

    may we too, be able to preserve some of our own dignity and integrity for a thousand years

    Hollymon | April 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    If you have to have a Queen, she’s a good one. It reminds me of the scene in “Unforgiven” in which English Bob is discussing why American presidents can be assassinated, but not English royalty. He said something like “The moment you realized the magnitude of what you were doing, the majesty of your target, you’d be dumbstruck, unable to pull the trigger.”

    What a majestic “presence.” She’s the longest reigning monarch in the history of the world, and a great one.

    My dad served on convoy duty during WWII, He called the British “the toughest sons of bitches on Earth.” She’s living proof that my father got it right.

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