The courtesies, praises, and compliments for the former Queen of England seem to be endless. This is what happens when a man or woman (a woman in this case) lives a life as a lady or a gentleman. In this case, the longest-serving (yes, a servant) monarch, Elizabeth II.
She was not a “tough” woman as some of the “ladies” of the affected news media like to huddle up and call her. The Queen was a lady, rich with manners, tradition, and worthy, though not directly of her personality of the flesh, but of her God-given position.
If someone is a gentleman; if someone is a lady, it is not necessary to refer to either as “tough.” A job well-done and honorable by (in this case) a lady speaks for itself. Such a portrait speaks loudly: “Strength.” No slovenly, common colloquialism (“she was a tough woman”) adds anything, and, in fact, cheapens and subtracts.
To be a gentleman is to reflect strength. To be a lady, perhaps even more so. These virtues don’t come cheaply. Talents from God may be treated cheaply, but they come as gold.
Elizabeth II was “the” monarch of England. She, in her personage, took the gifts, given to her and was thoroughly fruitful with them. She did not hide her lamp. Nor did she excitedly shine it. She allowed it to shine. She had pleaded this tribute in prayer from the beginning. To most, it seems certain to appear before the biggest throne, the one true and everlasting Monarch with a “well done my good and faithful servant.”
In today’s world largely influenced by public education (and much trite private) the many modern political hacks out among us love to editorially deflower the Monarchs of history, even unto the present. How many of these boobs of books and literacy losers, rail against King George III as a totalitarian dictator of sorts? No explanation would be worth the time.
But one man, from the 20th Century who loved and appreciated Monarchs and their crown, has been studied in his essays and books by some of the finest talents in all societies, east to west.
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His comments are worthy when those among us who believe in tradition, and of those conservative things that give to us permanence—and Strength.
“Monarchy can easily be “debunked”, but watch the faces, mark well the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut — whom no rumor of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honor a king they honor millionaires, athletes, or film stars instead — even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served — deny it food and it will gobble poison.”
I was 9 years old when Queen Elizabeth became Queen of England. At the time I couldn’t have cared less. Today, a number of years have passed. I feel like one of God’s treasures has been called home by Him. We will miss her.
The Queen is dead. God save the King.
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