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Marg Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

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Special Parish Nursing Note
posted on September 8, 2022

It was with great sorrow today that I learned of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada and the Commonwealth. Many people today know very little about her and probably care even less but I feel compelled to try to change that as she has set us an example which we all can learn from. Initially Elizabeth didn’t grow up expecting to be Queen. Her Uncle Edward was the successor to the throne. However when her grandfather, King George V died, Edward was in love with a divorced woman from the USA. The monarch automatically becomes head of the Church of England which in those days did not allow divorce so Edward abdicated as King to move to the USA and marry his divorcee. Elizabeth’s father, Albert, was next in line so he accepted the responsibility and was crowned King George VI. This was not an easy decision for him as he was a shy man with a stutter who hated public speaking but he accepted his responsibility and life changed dramatically for Elizabeth then.

When Elizabeth was 13 she met and fell in love with handsome, 19-yr-old Prince Philip Mountbatten of Greece who was in the Greek Navy. World War II started while Elizabeth was still a teenager. Far from being closeted safely n the Palace while bombs fell all around them, she joined the British Women’s Army Corps and spent the war years working in London helping to service and repair Army Transport Vehicles. I know this because my husband, Jim, who served in the British Royal Marines during the war, was walking in London with another Marine and saw her, saying in astonishment to his companion, “ Is that…” and the man immediately replied, “Yes, that’s Princess Elizabeth.” This is the kind of person she was, following the example set by her parents who accepted all the responsibilities that came their way and did their best to serve their people.

When the war ended, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married. They went to Kenya for their honeymoon and while there, Elizabeth’s father died and she became Queen at the age of 26. It was a terrible shock and a big loss for her but she and Philip immediately returned to London so she could go through the coronation ceremony and accept all the responsibilities that came with being Queen not only of Britain but also of the Commonwealth, including Canada. Some monarchs in the past had relished the power it gave them and ruled with “an iron fist”, doing whatever they wanted. Elizabeth was never that kind of Queen. It was all about responsibilities and duties for her and she had a very busy schedule, meeting with the British Prime Minister every week to discuss issues, being ready for all state occasions, whatever they involved. For 70 years, as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth devoted herself to the service of her God and the people He had given her to serve. We can learn a lot from her example. May you rest in peace, dear Queen.

Margaret Black
Parish Nurse

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