The Queen has left a remarkable legacy. She devoted her life to others and to her country. She performed her duty with wisdom, kindness and a steadying hand. I am the son of a British serviceman who was a stout monarchist. In our household the royal family, and in particular the Queen, was a constant presence. I am old enough to remember singing God Save the Queen at Monday’s assembly at primary school. Since that time she has remained graceful and dignified and an exceptional leader in this modern Elizabethan period, embodying many values that we could all seek to adopt. I have heard many condolences in the past few days, but it was the words of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, that resonated with me especially. He said to the British people:
To you, she was your Queen.
To us, she was The Queen.
And she was. She will be remembered for a lifetime of dedicated service. May Her Majesty rest in peace, and I say God save the King.
Uploaded by Rod Barton MP on 2022-09-13.