( RIP Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022 )
We at Canonbury Antiques are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Across the land the flags fly at half mast and the church bells toll as the nation mourns our beloved Queen. It's a very sad time. Although she lived a long and great life to the ripe old age of 96 it still feels like something great has been taken from us. We all knew she was in advanced years but were probably in denial of the inevitable. Now we are in a state of shock that is has actually happened. Fittingly, as news of her death came and the crowds arrived at Buckingham Palace, the rain started to fall. In memory of The Queen we will be taking a break from social media activity and taking a pause with our email newsletter this weekend out of respect.
(Above photo - Queen Elizabeth Coronation 1952 )
To many of us in the United Kingdom - and indeed in other parts of the world and the Commonwealth - the passing of The Queen is much like losing a family member and activates a range of emotions. Most of us knew no different from having her as our Head of State. Christmas dinner will not be the same without her reassuring words at 3PM. In a turbulent world, she provided a calming influence through her years of service offering a link to the past and tradition. Like a rudder, she stabilised the trajectory of the country. I am sure we have all read the stats out there; she served with 15 Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill. Since Eisenhower in 1953, she has met 13 US Presidents. I could go on.
(Above photo - Thank you, Ma'am )
Not everyone agrees with all the principles of the Royal Family and the concept of a herditary monarchy and that's okay as we live in a democracy. However, I do hope that everyone can agree, Queen Elizabeth - the longest reigning British Monarch - was an amazing women who brought a lot of good to the world like a beacon of light. Ma'am we salute you for your service and raise a glass in toast to your long life:
We also as a country get behind our new Monarch, King Charles III.
RIP Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022
(Above photo - The Union Jack flies at half mast )
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