HRH Queen Elizabeth II
Why I admire & Respect Her!
The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London.
She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
At the time she stood third in line of succession to the throne after Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, The Duke of York. But it was not expected that her father would become King, or that she would become Queen.
Princess Elizabeth was educated at home with Princess Margaret, her younger sister.
After her father succeeded to the throne in 1936 and she became heir presumptive, she started to study constitutional history and law as preparation for her future role.
An animal lover since childhood, The Queen takes a keen and highly knowledgeable interest in horses.
She attends the Derby at Epsom, one of the classic flat races in Britain, and the Summer Race Meeting at Ascot, which has been a Royal occasion since 1911.
As an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, she often visits other race meetings to watch her horses run, and also frequently attends equestrian events.
The Queen has many different duties to perform every day.
Some are public duties, such as ceremonies, receptions and visits within the United Kingdom or abroad.
Other duties are carried out away from the cameras, but they are no less important. These include reading letters from the public, official papers and briefing notes; audiences with political ministers or ambassadors; and meetings with her Private Secretaries to discuss daily business and her future diary plans.
Even when she is away from London, in residence at Balmoral or Sandringham, she receives official papers nearly every day of every year and remains fully briefed on matters affecting her realms.
In front of the camera or away from it, The Queen's duties go on, and no two days in her life are ever the same.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on 20 November 2011.
An important part of the work of The Queen is to support and encourage public and voluntary service.
One of the ways in which Her Majesty does this is through involvement with charities and other organisations.
The Queen has over 600 patronages.
These cover every area of the charity and voluntary sector, from opportunities for young people, to preservation of wildlife and the environment.
Involvement with these organisations helps to recognise their achievements, and helps to recognise the contributions of many different sectors of public life.
As I watch the celebrations on TV of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee I can only wish I were there once again!
We entered this great country via Dover on the Pacific Sky Ferry. It was the most magical day. The skies were blue as blue & the cliffs were snow white. We couldn't wish for better. On first glimpse of the cliffs tears dripped down my cheeks - this was my mother's dream which became my dream as she was not able to fulfill hers!
On approaching London it seemed a tad surreal - we caught a train from Dover to London & then caught a black cab to our accomodation. All that was so amazing. Then a friend of ours met us and took us to see the sites of this amazing city.
From Punch & Judy to Trafalgar Square - Piccadilly to so much more excitement - so many dreams come true - all in an afternoon!
When you dream of something for so long, you have to keep reminding yourself you are actually there.
One of the most amazing highlights was to visit Buckingham Palace & tour the inside & backyard of this outstanding landmark. This is one of the Queen's homes & we were there in it's presence!
Respect for my Queen!
I know not all would agree but I have always had a huge respect for her & her family - yes it is a different life to the normal reality we live each day - but she was born into that - she did not choose it!
She carried out a life so foreign to us while raisiing a family of children & of staff.
From that she has held her head high with such grace - she loves God, her husband & her family & her Country & the world beyond. She has a real soft spot for Australia!
She does everything with such compassion, grace & dignity that only can be carried out by few.
Whether you Believe in Royalty or not - it is real - it is present - it is part of life - it should be respected!
I am grateful she even let us enjoy her home & her back yard !
Thank you Your Majesty!