Joy Cometh in the mourning

I remember when writing tributes to commemorate Prince Philip’s passing last year as well as the Platinum Jubilee, I found so many poetic, catchy, slick quotes that The Queen had made and wanted to be absolutely sure that I would remember them when she shuffled off this mortal coil.
Queen Elizabeth II sits astride her horse Imperial during the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Queen's official Birthday Parade in London in June 1957. (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Despite reports of failing health, like so many, you just assume you would always have more time and she would live forever. “Ah, the Speaker has announced a health warning from Buckingham Palace. Not to worry, she will come round, she will have a few more of these yet.” I thought, just as her beloved husband had a few close calls too. I never imagined it would happen so soon. Yet it has, and I am in shock. The collective national trauma of the loss of our most beloved Sovereign Lady, our strength and stay, has begun. How long it lasts and how we respond to it is hard to predict.

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September 2022

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