The Queens death leaves nation heartbroken and well never be the same again

My earliest memory of the Queen was when I was six years old and I remember running downstairs to watch her speech at Christmas.

I wasn't even aware of what was going on or what was being said, but I remember that moment being the start of my fascination with the Queen, who was to later become my biggest idol.

Even days before her death, Her Majesty appointed the new prime minister, Liz Truss, asking her to form a new government.

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A frail Queen supported by a walking stick greeted Ms Truss with her usual warmth and ear to ear smile that became so emblematic of Britain's longest reigning monarch.

The Queen has dedicated her life to service.

A lifetime to us, the country, and the Commonwealth.

Even in the Queen's late 90s, she worked until the very end, fulfilling the duty she promised us back in 1947 on her 21st birthday.

"I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."

The Queen was 95 when I was 21, but that promise she delivered whilst in South Africa, 53 years before I was born, still rang true until she passed in 2022.

The Queen has had 15 prime ministers and has met 13 US presidents.

She was living, breathing history.

The fact is, most people didn't know the Queen personally nor have ever met her, but somehow she managed to touch the hearts of a nation that are in deep mourning.

But not just the UK, millions if not billions of people around the world that loved and admired a woman that was just about service.

She wasn't chasing celebrity stardom like other new members of the Royal Family, but instead offered 70 years of inexhaustible loyalty to a country that did not deserve her.

Fame chased her.

Even at the funeral of the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen sat alone with a mask as she said a final goodbye to a husband that stood by her side for 73 years.

Through the hardest of times, Her Majesty would bring us all together.

It didn't matter who you were or what you believed in, she was a rock you could go to for stability and safety, even when you had no one else to turn to.

Moments such as her speech during the pandemic, promising a nation "better days will return"… and they did.

For some of my friends that were isolating alone or lost loved ones, that's all they needed to hear from someone who we respected and revered as a great leader and a force of good that stood above the rest.

A perpetual beacon, almost like a lighthouse guiding ships through tumultuous waters, she exuded a sense of security that we have all needed at some point.

In times of war and terrorism, she's been there.

When a pandemic and natural disasters strike, she's been there.

If you've ever been alone and needed comfort on Christmas Day at 3:00pm, she's been there.

There was never a time this extraordinary woman put her own needs in front of her duty to the country.

To most of you reading this, the Queen's all we have ever known; a constancy that remained unshakable and almost invincible, which makes her death ever more inconceivable.

The Queen never did interviews, she never complained, and no matter the event, small or great, she would bring a smile to anyone's face.

I was fortunate to be invited by the Queen to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this year, but due to her health she was unable to attend.

To be honest, I was gutted.

There's almost a magic that she held.

Something that was unique to the Queen that no other royal has.

It's human nature to mourn the things we've lost, and perhaps we took Her Majesty for granted.

On the face of it, a small lady with curly white hair, never to be seen without her handbag.

But behind the endearing façade was a woman who gave everything up to serve us.

On the eve of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year, she thanked the nation for our support and "loyalty and affection", signing it off with: "Your servant, Elizabeth R."

That truly epitomises everything Her Majesty was about.

Serving the nation, not front covers of magazines.

If I'm honest, I've been writing this tribute with tears in my eyes.

As much as I never got the chance to meet the Queen, she's meant so much to me since I can remember.

Someone I've looked towards when times have been tough; someone I remember seeing on the telly during my favourite memories as a child; someone I've always grown up with, but never got a chance to see.

I guess that upsets me the most.

The fact I, and so many others who've admired the Queen, never got to say 'thank you' for what she did for all of us.

The indelible legacy Queen Elizabeth II leaves with the world will never be forgotten and can never be matched.

I pray for her family, after all, she was not only the head of state, but also a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

As we look to the future and a new era with His Majesty King Charles III, take a moment to cherish the Queen and the work she did across her Kingdom that she was always so proud of.

She was the Nation's Mother.

We have lost a chunk of our country and something we'll never get back.

The Queen was the UK.

Yesterday, a small part of us Brits died with her at Balmoral and may she forever rest in peace, finally, reunited with her beloved husband, Prince Philip.

Ma'am, your job is done, your duty was carried out, and we are forever indebted to you.

Goodbye, Your Majesty.

Long Live the King.


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