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A Reflection on Queen Elizabeth II's Life

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The Queen looking as happy as she always did

The Queen looking as happy as she always did

Since 1708, no monarch has refused to provide consent to law. The only exception to this rule of signing legislation into law was Queen Anne. She refused to grant permission to a bill to re-establish the Scottish militia after England and Scotland formally unified.

Queen Elizabeth's Morning Routine

In the morning, the Queen woke up at 7:30 a.m., listened to the "Today" program on BBC Radio 4, and prepared herself for the day. Her assistant, Angela Kelly, drew her bath, ensuring the water was at the proper temperature that suited the queen perfectly. After her bath, she dressed in her dressing room, which features three Royal dressers and a walk-in wardrobe.

First, the Queen had breakfast, which she ate at about 8.30 am. Her preferred breakfast menu was Special K cereal, scrambled eggs, and toast with marmalade. Her morning meal usually ended with bagpipes playing in the background, played throughout history for Monarchs, to help wake her up, and give her a touch of tradition. She also had her hair styled by a hairdresser.

Elizabeth also listened to the BBC radio during her breakfast. At the same time, she enjoyed her cup of tea, which she took with her royal initials on a linen napkin.

The Queen started her daily paperwork. She carried her red briefcase with official government papers. During the day, the Queen had to read and sign these papers. The only day she didn’t sign them was Christmas Day. She also selected a few fan mail letters to reply to. The rest is left to her aides.

After her morning routine, the Queen would have her afternoon tea. Her afternoon tea is served at midday and is usually a combination of scones and sandwiches. She also had her dogs, a dachshund-corgi mix, and took them for daily walks.

Her Majesty also had meetings in the morning, and on Wednesdays, she met the prime minister to discuss important issues.

Meeting the British Prime Minister

The Prime Minister and the Queen met every Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. This meeting is confidential, with no special advisers present. Ex-PMs David Cameron and John Major have said they are the only meetings where they can talk about anything without fear of it being leaked. The conference is also a way for the Queen and the Prime Minister to discuss important issues for the nation.

The Queen was expected to meet with the PM at least once a month, and the prime minister often asked for advice on matters of national importance. In addition to offering counsel, the Queen also read the Queen's Speech at the start of each parliament. While the Queen's powers were generally exercised with the PM's consent, she could also use her powers as she saw fit. For example, in Brexit times, the Queen could have taken a stance on the negotiations or even sacked Boris Johnson at the time; however, this sort of thing is unlikely, but that is why it was called Her Majesties Government.

Theresa Truss has become the Queen's fifteenth prime minister taking over from Boris Johnson. The appointment process is fairly simple. The outgoing prime minister usually makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street and heads over to Buckingham Palace for the appointment. The entire process takes around 30 minutes.

The Queen would also attends award ceremonies. She received medals and awards in different fields. Among them are the Queen's Medal for Nursing and the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. She also attends formal investiture ceremonies to award knighthoods and OBEs to individuals.

The Queen had a busy schedule and performed a variety of political duties. She was the Head of State, Head of Nation, Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Church of England, Head of the Armed Forces, and Patron of Charities. In addition, she met with foreign ambassadors and high commissioners and was a royal patron of over 600 organizations.

She Enjoyed Her Dogs

Queen Elizabeth II had been unable to walk her dogs for nearly six months. Her aides have been taking care of them at Windsor Castle. Since 2020, the 96-year-old monarch had not taken them for a walk. The absence had caused many to wonder whether the monarch would ever be able to walk again. However, Queen Elizabeth's devotion to her pets never diminished.

The queen had a longstanding love for dogs and had been breeding them since she was a teenager. The queen loved walking her dogs and had been doing so since her early twenties. The queen would walk her corgis every day. She would take them out to the countryside or for a walk on the grounds in the afternoon. She also took them on walks on the beach when she traveled.

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The queen had two pure-bred corgis: Muick and Sandy. These dogs were gifted to her by the Duke of York. She also had more corgis, but most of them have since passed away. Candy had been with the queen for over ten years, and Lissy joined the pack in January 2022.

The colorful Queen

The colorful Queen

Newspapers and Correspondence

Many people may not know this, but the Queen of England read daily newspapers. Queen Elizabeth II read the news daily as Head of State of 16 nations and Leader of the Commonwealth of 53 nations.

The Queen is known to read a wide variety of newspapers. Every day, she received over 300 letters. She chose a few to reply to, but not all. The Queen didn't have the time to read them all, so a lady-in-waiting answered them for her.

Operation London Bridge

"Operation London Bridge" is a code name for the government's steps to take now that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. The Queen had ruled the United Kingdom since 1952 and had seen 15 UK prime ministers, starting with Winston Churchill, almost 20 Summer Olympics, and more popes than you can shake a stick at.

She was the cornerstone of the Commonwealth, patron of over 600 organizations, and a key figure in the UK's alliances with many nations. Her death will mark a sea change for the United Kingdom.

The Queen was under medical supervision at her home in Balmoral, and doctors were worried about her condition. As a result, speculation about her health had gone viral online. It wasn’t long after, on the 8th of September 2022, that Queen Elizabeth's death was announced. Her wishes had been communicated to the Prime Minister. Operation London Bridge is the most elaborate and comprehensive funeral plan in modern UK history and possibly only third to America and China.

Funeral Rituals

Now that the queen has died, the royal funeral will begin. Her body will be carried from Sandringham House, outside London, to Buckingham Palace. A procession will follow, with subjects paying their respects along the way. When the Queen is transported to the palace, the Royal Guard will surround the body.

The Queen's funeral plans have been meticulously planned out since the 1950s. According to Sam Knight of Politico, the British government has pre-planned obituaries. A few news stations even rehearse broadcasts to announce the queen's death. Although the Queen did not intend for the funeral rituals to occur, she always wanted to ensure everything was in place according to her wishes.

Before the funeral, soldiers will walk processional routes and rehearse the rites. The royal scepter and the Imperial Crown will be fixed to the hall before the coffin is carried out. Thousands of people will attend the service, with soldiers standing guard.

The future of the Monarchy

As the eldest son of the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles is the heir apparent. He was born at Buckingham Palace in 1948 and was christened on 15 December that same year. On 6 February 1952, King George VI died, and his mother became Queen Elizabeth II. At the age of three, Charles was named the heir apparent of the Queen.

As the heir apparent, Charles has many responsibilities. He recently hosted a Buckingham Palace garden party and visited Oxford University and London's Canada House. He also visited a sneaker store in south London. However, Prince Charles has to prioritize his mother's diary now.

In addition to being the heir apparent, Charles also represented the Queen when welcoming foreign dignitaries to the UK. He also has to attend the Trooping of the Colour ceremony to officially celebrate Her Majesty's birthday. Additionally, he represents the United Kingdom abroad at the state and ceremonial events.

Charles' political beliefs are often criticized. His environmental stance has also caused controversy. He has spoken at global climate change summits. He has also advocated for organic farming, sustainable farming, and biodiversity. This is a positive for the monarchy and could help connect younger generations.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Kit

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