Welcome to THE CONTRIBUTOR’S CORNER! This month’s post is by contributing Author, JOY M, LILLEY!
(SPECIAL NOTE: Although some people, like our contributing writer this month, Author, Joy M. Lilley, who resides in the UK, revered the Queen, there are many who do not share that sentiment. So, although we are sharing Joy’s post and her right to write about whatever she wants, we are in no way ignoring the other side who have gravely different feelings for this woman many called their Queen. Click to read “QUEEN ELIZABETH’S DEATH REVIVES CRITICISM OF BRITAIN’S LEGACY OF COLONIALISM.”)
“REST IN PEACE, OUR QUEEN”
I want to share with my American friends, my deep sadness of the death of our Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on 8th September 2022.
An early memory that I have of this splendid lady, was when as a schoolgirl, aged eight years old, we were all marched up to a street in Folkestone, to see the Queen returning from a trip abroad by boat.
As she sat in her open carriage waving to us kids, I well recall how beautiful this young woman looked, with her perfectly applied make-up and lustrous outfit. I cannot remember who was with her.
In later life, I was asked if I would be prepared to go to one of the Royal Garden parties, held each year for those who had given service to the community. It was my nursing role that would have afforded me this honour. I went through the vetting process, being asked such questions as, “Did I have any I.R.A. connections?” and other pertinent questions.
I always maintained that I was paid for the job I performed, therefore, I was no more deserving than the next individual who also served others. Anyway, I purchased an outfit in readiness for the trip – one that I can still get into thirty years later. In the end, I was not to be the nurse selected to go to Buckingham Palace. I did not mind as I was delighted for the girl who was chosen. She was a close colleague of mine.
Tonight, I think about how much I would have loved to have seen this amazing Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and our Queen, up close.
R.I.P. H.R.H. QUEEN ELIZABETH II
~ Joy M. Lilley
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