Queen Elizabeth ll – a life well lived and a small tribute

It’s impossible to put into words the deep sense of loss we have for our dearly beloved monarch, Queen Elizabeth ll, and how impactful her death is worldwide, especially for us as her nation and citizens.

She has been such a stable, constant presence in our lives over decades and a huge part of our nation’s heritage. The Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer revealed the great reverence and love most of us have for our monarch.

How do you sum up such an amazing life and reign? I’m not sure. But in this slightly clumsily written acrostic poem I’ve tried my best to honour the Queen’s memory and convey my impressions of her character and reign as we seek to adjust and mourn her death.

In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Humble of spirit and of heart
Energetic, sporty, stalwart
Radiant with inner beauty 

Meticulous in her duty
Attentive to her responsibilities 
Joyous despite the formalities 
Exemplary in behaviour 
Secure in faith in her Saviour
Thoughtful with politicians 
Yielding to adverse conditions 

Qualified by God and man
Uniting vast continents
Erudite in her governing ways
Essential in holding sway 
National treasure in our land

Eminent and elegantly dressed
Longsuffering during life’s duress
Inspiring to others
Zealous on our behalf
A woman of substance and faith
Bright, courageous and brave
Enduring for many long years
Trustworthy, deserving of our cheers
Hospitable to friends and strangers 
© joylenton 

11 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth ll – a life well lived and a small tribute

  1. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us. My prayers and thoughts are with you all across the pond. May you feel God’s comfort as you grieve the loss of your dear queen. Hugs and love, sweet sister.

    • Dear Bettie, your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated, thank you. Having known no other monarch in my lifetime makes it hard to believe our dear queen has departed this earth for her well deserved heavenly rest. Hugs and love to you, too, sweet sister and treasured friend. xo ❤️

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Joy. My mom who was Canadian, loved the Queen and the Royal family. She and some neighbors got up really early to gather for Charles and Diana’s wedding. She would have appreciated this as do I!

    • Dear Michael, you’re welcome. I wanted to try to write some kind of early tribute to the Queen and I’m grateful to have been given this acrostic poem. Thank you for sharing about your Canadian mom and her love for the Queen and the Royal family. The interest is worldwide, as is the abiding love and appreciation for HM Queen Elizabeth, her long and faithful reign and her humble character. She will be greatly missed. Bless you, Brother.

  3. A beautiful tribute, Joy. Seventy years is quite beyond our grasp here in America. I can only imagine what she meant to you and your countrymen. My thoughts and prayers have been with the Royal family and now are with you, my friend. Blessings.

    • It’s no mean feat to reign for 70 years, requiring great endurance, perseverance and resilience. Our Queen witnessed vast changes during her lengthy reign but had the means to adapt where need be and continue where necessary.
      We’re so thankful that she got to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this year. The Royal family are experiencing a huge loss and alteration in their governance. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for them, dear June. They need them as they grieve and seek to move forward again. I’m grateful for your prayers for us as citizens who mourn her death as well. Blessings and love. Xx ❤️

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