We mourn the passing of the incredible HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
The longest serving British monarch with impeccable devotion and service to the UK & Commonwealth throughout her reign.
Our condolences to the Royal Family.
In a bitter sweet moment today’s Exchange Invest notes that Friday September 9th marks the anniversary in 2015, when Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch.
Her reign came to an end Thursday having ruled the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as 14 Commonwealth realms* for 70 years and 214 days.
*Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu.
For anybody from the UK and Commonwealth it is difficult to imagine life without her remarkable presence.
They were preparing children of my era for her Majesty’s demise at prep school before my wife was born.
Come to think of it, the administration was planning her funeral more than a decade before that…well before I was born.
“London Bridge has fallen” as the codeword goes and thus the most remarkable, devoted and diligent woman of the 20th century passed away this week, spanning over 70 years on the throne having seen her husband pass away last year after a 73 year marriage.
Mrs Thatcher was incredible of course — by far the best man for the job of Prime Minister so far in my lifetime. However Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made even the formidably fantastic Mrs Thatcher look like a lesser mortal.
It is difficult to know where to begin as Her Majesty’s passing ends a remarkable, lengthy chapter in world history. A formidable woman whose first PM as Queen was Winston Churchill and who 70 years later enabled the 15th PM of her reign, Liz Truss, to enter office, just hours before she passed away. Selfless devotion to the nation at the remarkable age of 96.
It was a life of incredible service, indomitable devotion to her nation and beloved Commonwealth of whose citizens barely 1% were alive when Princess Elizabeth was born, (fewer than one in 8 were alive when she ascended the throne in 1952).
I have crystal clear memories of the closest I came to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On 11th February 1992 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh received an enthusiastic welcome from patriotic floor traders as they visited the Cannonbridge pits of the LIFFE Exchange.
RIP Your majesty Queen Elizabeth II, you were truly an incredible rock in our lives during a tumultuous period from 1952 until yesterday.
Long live the King!
This Tribute was published in Exchange Invest Issue 2450 on September 09 and is reproduced free of charge here to remember the Queen’s incredible legacy.