The sun has set one final time on a global icon, and it is truly a sad moment for humanity. As the world collectively mourns the loss of HRH Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there is much of her journey we can take inspiration from, and life lessons we can attempt to imbibe. In her 96+ years of life, 70 of which she reigned as the much-loved Queen of England, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor proved herself a woman of exemplary courage who displayed a steadfast commitment to duty. As we celebrate a life well-lived, here are the five primary lessons we can learn from her extraordinary life.
Responsibility Rests Best On The Shoulders Of The Self-Assured
When Lilibet, as the Queen was colloquially known, received the news of her ascension to the throne upon the death of her father King George VI, she was all of 25 years of age. To take on this tremendous responsibility at such a young age, is no easy feat. Yet she proved time and again that being self-assured and staying true to your value system, helps you overcome all adversity. Her self-assurance and strong ideals helped her carry her responsibilities with ease.
Live A Dignified Life And You Will Never Attract Controversies
Being a celebrity in any capacity comes with a unique set of challenges, not least of which is dealing with annoying paparazzi trying to bring you down in the eyes of the public, at a moment’s notice. However, Queen Elizabeth conducted all her affairs with such dignity that she remained largely untouched by controversy throughout her life and career. Everyone should emulate her genial bearing and attitude of servitude so they too can leave with an unblemished record, at peace with the world.
Have A Capacity To Love Beyond Just Your Family
At the age of 21, Elizabeth had vowed to devote her life to service, and many years later, had announced that she did “Not regret nor retract one word of it.” This played out in many examples of her life over the years, whether it was serving her subjects; guiding 15 different Prime Ministers with a firm hand and ready ear; caring for her ever-growing family, or loving the many pets in her life as if they were her own children.
A Spirit Of Service Commands Respect
Her clear commitment to serving her people, often at the cost of her personal health and happiness, was the reason that she commanded such respect, without ever outwardly demanding it. The Crown and everything it embodied, was her sole focus in life. This was the reason that her subjects, as well as members of the Commonwealth countries, loved her tremendously.
A Queen Is As A Queen Does
Though a traditionalist in her outlook on life, Queen Elizabeth II was never averse to accepting change. Right from the beginning, when she agreed for her Coronation ceremony to be televised for the public, her intention to be more open with her subjects was clear. Yet, she remained stately and respectful towards the ideals that the Crown stood for, throughout her long reign. This innate sense of duty and faith in her institution is what makes her worthy of the immortal moniker of ‘The Queen’.
Perhaps the best way to commemorate Her Majesty’s remarkable life is by learning from her deeds and actions. The Royal family, with whom our thoughts and prayers lie in this difficult period, would also do well by adopting them and following the path that her sure-footed steps have strode.