Today, the nation and the world said ‘Goodbye’ one final time to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Over seventy years of splendid, steadfast and stoic service slipped away today as we bade farewell to the second Elizabethan era.
Queen Elizabeth II embarked on her final journey today as she left Westminster Hall for the short journey to Westminster Abbey. From the Abbey, Her Majesty said a final farewell to London and her United Kingdom as she made the journey to be alongside her beloved Prince Philip.
We will never see her like again and the tenure of a Queen Regnant will not be seen within this land for many, many generations.
Your Majesty, you once said in a speech about The Duke of Edinburgh that he had been your “strength and stay.” Well, Ma’am, you have been our strength and stay for the last seventy years. When times were hard and even when life was good, you were there to make things better, you were there to reassure us, you were there to calm the stormy waters and above all you were there to make us smile.
We will smile again Your Majesty but for now our hearts are empty and we will continue to mourn the immense void your passing has left in all of our lives.
Your work in this life is complete now Ma’am, you have done yourself proud, you have done your father proud, and you have done your country proud. Now is your time to rest, to rest in eternal peace alongside Philip and others that you have loved. “You four” (or five) are all together again and you can all raise a toast to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the most famous chapter in the Windsor dynasty’s history, a chapter that is now, sadly, closed.
They say that “heavy lies the head that wears the Crown”. Your Majesty, you have worn your Crown with pride and dignity and never has your head seemed heavy with its burden.
It is time to say goodbye Your Majesty. Thank you for everything and thank you for a lifetime of dedication, service and love.
God Bless Queen Elizabeth II.
“We owe you a debt greater than you would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”