The Royal Family are in our thoughts at this time. The nation shares their grief.
English history is measured by its monarchs. The passing of Queen Elizabeth II is a time of reflection as we pass from one epoch to another.
For everyone under 70, the Queen has been a constant in our lives. The period of English history from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II has impacted everyone on the planet in some way. This is a very poignant moment for everyone.
The passing of the Queen reminds us that we are all part of something that stretches back through time. As Britain changed rapidly around her, she taught us that whatever the challenges we face, the value of service, dignity and high standards always endures. And that is why the obvious love for the late Queen is displayed in Britain and elsewhere.
Around the world, people are united in mourning and celebrating her life. This togetherness is a reminder of what she achieved. A reminder of our shared values. Values which we all wish to retain.
So, as this second Elizabethan era comes to an end, we will gain our inspiration from the values the late Queen embodied. We will seek to meet those standards ourselves and encourage those around us to meet those standards as well.
For seventy years, Elizabeth II stood as the head of our country. While she may now have physically left this earth, in spirit she will continue to live within us all.
A remarkable woman. Thank you. Rest in peace.