Queen Elizabeth II was a figure who was loved and adored and also a figure despised by many liberals. She was different from the monarchs that came before because she held essentially no political power and stood as a symbol triumph. She was never supposed to be destined for the throne. Her uncle Edward VII abdicated and her father, George VI, took his place as king. Suddenly, the 10-year-old was heiress presumptive.
Elizabeth’s royal duties didn’t deter her from a budding interest in technology. During World War II, the princess lobbied her father to allow her to serve her country. He finally agreed to let her volunteer in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British Army, where she became a driver and trained in auto mechanics. It was a pioneering move: Not only was she the first member of her family ever to serve in the military, but the sight of a woman taking apart engines and changing tires signaled a sea change in social and gender roles that would continue.
When she assumed the throne she was already raising a family, had served in the military, and was fixing cars as an independent life with her husband.
While the rest of the Royal family was hid away during the war (WWII) she refused to hide in the bunker but went and sought to fight for her country, her people, and freedom. She also drove an ambulance during WWII standing with the people.
She was also different from other monarchs in that she actually stood for freedom and democracy. She could often be heard quoting Abraham Lincoln and other great pillars of freedom. Saying things like “A government for the people and by the people” is what we need and cherish.
This is probably one of the reasons President Trump said she was his “dear friend.”
She also had an unwavering love and relationships with Jesus Christ. She could be heard in addresses quoting the gospel of John or talking of how “blessed” she is only “because of Gods grace.”
Such as this address:
“It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’… Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.”
When talking on the power of the gospel and forgiveness in Jesus Christ she said, “Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.” she also said, Christ on the cross showed the supreme example.
One thing is for sure while her life was not an easy one, going through wwll, fighting her parents so she could fight against the Nazis, being an innovator for science and technology, fighting to protect the children, and standing up for her faith in Christ and love for God almighty she was a captivating figure who was constantly thrown into the lime light and badgered by many. Yet she stood up tall and thanked Jesus for all she had.