Celebrating The Queen’s Jubilee – Why She still Matters

I’ve long been an admirer of The Queen.  Not necessarily so much of other members of the monarchy, but of her specifically.  Writing this post on the heels of another Elizabeth, the contrast could not be more stark.

One of the photos from the Jubilee celebration I found most interesting is the one below.  Looking at the faces and the apparent ages of some of the people standing proud and erect as she passes, reminds you of the eras that they share with her.  They remember the War and its aftermath, the decades of British history.

Queen Elizabeth arriving at Chelsea Pier (Bethany Clarke - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

But why, you may ask does The Queen matter.  Some say she’s the symbol of an archaic institution that should have been relegated to history books along with Shakespeare.  I couldn’t disagree more.

The Queen matters.  She’s the embodiment of a time when the words “duty, honor, country” were routinely admired, taught, and exemplified.  In our current Kardashian age of self-aggrandizement, where it’s all about “me”, she has given 60 years of her life to her country, without complaint.  I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of her cancelling an engagement because she was tired.  She has remained regal, self-contained.  The stiff upper-lip, tough it out and carry on, is an example for us all in this cathartic, self-help, fair-share society.

There will never be another like her.  She’s the last of her kind.

God Save the Queen!

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  1. Steve Wilczynski

    June 4, 2012

    “she has given 60 years of her life to her country, without complaint” Are you kidding me? Do realize how many billions of dollars this old bag and her extended family has sucked out of the British economy over the last 60 years? What’s she got to complain about? I once went 8 years without missing a day of work due to illness. You what I got? Bupkis! I’ve got nothing against her personally but I say the faster all royals all over get shoved into that dust bin, the better off the world will be.

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