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Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II; Camilla Parker Bowles (now Queen Consort). And (now) King Charles III, of the United Kingdom. As they appeared at Ascot, at the Royal Ascot Racecourse: June 18, 2013.  (Martin Applegate/Dreamstime.com)  

Deroy Murdock By Friday, 16 September 2022 12:01 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

The seemingly immortal Queen Elizabeth II lies in state today in London’s Westminster Hall, just steps from the House of Commons. That’s where prime ministers numerous enough to count on three hands led Conservative and Labour governments in Her Majesty’s name.

After passing away with little fuss last week at age 96, QE II is being paid respects by Britons who patiently seek a glimpse of her crown and casket in this magnificent room, built in 1097.

Her loyal subjects are standing 14 hours in a line that stretches five miles to say goodbye to their departed monarch.

And why not? What an astonishing life she led!

For 70 years, this gallant lady worked with 15 British PMs and served concurrently with 14 American presidents — from Harry Truman through Joe Biden. She knew 13 U.S. chief executives and represented her country in 131 nations.

This daughter of King George VI could have spent World War II in Canada, far from the German bombs and rockets that fell like rain between 1940 and 1945. No one would have begrudged her avoiding this Nazi mayhem.

Instead, to quote James Brown, Princess Elizabeth got up, got into it, and got involved. She remained in Great Britain, where, at age 14, she addressed fellow children by radio. She lamented "the danger and sadness of war," adding, "We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well."

She joined the British Army’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a truck driver and mechanic. Peacetime restored her life as a princess until her father’s death in 1952, whereupon she ascended the throne. And this year, she survived COVID-19.

Imagine everything that QE II experienced between Adolf Hitler and Xi Jinping  not as an observer but as one of the highest-profile players on the world stage. As Prime Minister Liz Truss said, she was "the rock on which modern Britain was built." In her final official act, a sunny QE II appointed Truss as her new PM.

Two days later, Britons heard the words: "The Queen is dead. Long live the King."

QE II calmly carried on, with elegance, style, and a stoic sense of duty. She did so while holding her political opinions to herself — if she had any.

This was no minor achievement. QE II reigned as Great Britain traveled the long and winding road that linked the advent of the National Health Service, the Suez Crisis, the sun setting on the British Empire, the Irish Republican Army’s terrorist bombs, socialist stagnation, the Falklands War, Thatcherite capitalist expansion, Brexit, and countless other controversies.

What did Her Majesty think about these things? Who knew? Because she stayed as neutral as Switzerland while her people battled over one divisive matter after another, Britons left, middle, and right cherished her as one of their own — or as someone altogether different, whom they all could honor, respect, and love.

While I am a proud American, I was fortunate to have lived under QE II’s protection.

During fall 1988, I spent the third semester of my NYU MBA program as an exchange student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Back then, we addressed letters, "Hong Kong, BCC" — British Crown Colony.

As such, I recall Government House and the beautiful royal coat of arms across its wrought iron gate. Post offices displayed Her Majesty’s reassuring portrait and her gently smiling face on postage stamps. I knew that if things went dreadfully wrong, the British Armed Forces would arrive in short order to sort them out.

Years later, in June 2005, I had the distinct and (for an American) rare honor to attend Trooping the Colour in London.

Some 1,4000 highly disciplined and exquisitely appointed British servicemen marched and rode past the Queen in this annual ceremony that marked her official birthday in June.

This was not her actual date of birth, April 21, which confirms that the British do things as only they can. I witnessed this elaborate demonstration of military precision as a guest of my friend Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator.

We stood throughout this pageant on the balcony of the Scotland Office in Whitehall, just yards from the spot at Horse Guards Parade where Her Majesty presided over this unforgettable celebration.

It is the ultimate tribute to QE II and the Special Relationship — over one half of which she was sovereign — that millions of non-royalists in America sincerely mourn her loss.

I offer my condolences to the Windsor family, the people of the United Kingdom, and my cherished friends there who thrived under her rule.

Rest in Peace, Queen Elizabeth II.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Read Deroy Murdock's Reports — More Here.

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I offer my condolences to the Windsor family, the people of the United Kingdom, and my cherished friends there who thrived under her rule. Rest in Peace, Queen Elizabeth II.
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Friday, 16 September 2022 12:01 PM
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