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A Queen’s Passing

“Over the years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented and fulfilled have always been the people who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives.” Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

I remember taking the photo of The Queen’s portrait on April 27, 2015.  We were visiting the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum which is close to Stirling Castle.  My son was a bagpiper and that was the year we followed the bagpipes!

I will miss our Queen…

The Piper to the Sovereign (Scottish Gaelic: Piobair an Bhàn Righ, also known as the Queen’s Piper or King’s Piper) is a position in the British Royal Household in which the holder of the office is responsible for playing the bagpipes at the Sovereign’s request.

Queen Victoria establish this position in 1843 after visiting The Marquess of Breadalbane at Taymouth Castle in 1842.

Queen Elizabeth II – Portrait at the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum (Rebecca Budd Photo Archives April 27, 2015)

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

47 replies on “A Queen’s Passing”

I will miss the Queen’s Christmas message, something that added joy to the festive season. I have enjoyed the following the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room https://royalreadingroom.uk/. I understand that Canada will be entering a period of mourning. I have read that for Britain, the period is 12 days but I am uncertain of how long it will be for Canada and the Commonwealth.

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On one of the Queen’s visit, my son sang in a choir that welcomed her to an event. When the Queen entered the room, the choir started to sing and all the adults stood up as a sign of respect. My son said that all he saw, above the sea of adult heads, was the Queen’s hat as she walked to her seat. He will always remember that event. The queen was extraordinary. You said it so very well, John – She will be missed…

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Although most Americans do not understand the connection to the monarchy by the people the fact that she stood for all that was good allows us to understand the loss of that guidance. As one half Scot, I’m glad she was able to enjoy the highlands to the end. ❤️

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Then you would have heard the Scottish proverb “Twelve Highlanders and a bagpipe makes a rebellion.” When we visited Scotland in 2015, the Queen was in residence at Balmoral Castle so we were unable to visit. I can see why she loved this beautiful location.

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I agree!!! The Queen exemplified leadership qualities throughout her reign. As she said, “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”

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I agree!! She will be missed. “Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me, but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.” Queen Elizabeth II

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I agree, Martina – how very well said. I remember her words during the time of Covid lockdown which were a great comfort: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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How very well said, Judy – “breath of fresh air.” I agree wholeheartedly. Our Queen had amazing thoughts, one of them being: “Over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.”

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I agree, Darlene, we feel that we have lost a loved one even though we have never met her. She brought a sense of stability and courage. She faced turbulent transitions with grace and dignity. Her presence was felt during historic events, even as we paid for our food and clothes with money that featured her portrait. I LOVED her dogs!!!

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SIGH!!!
Lovely post, Rebecca!
Thank you.
That is a beautiful portrait of her!
I’m moved to do a pencil drawing of her from a B&W photo of her when she was young. She was so pretty and sophisticated.
I’ve been looking through the photos of her online.
Maybe I can pull this off. Tartan ….. not, but maybe a portrait of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II.
Hugs!

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What a wonderful, beautiful, poignant idea, Resa!!! I just read that the The Balmoral tartan is believed to have been designed in 1853 by Prince Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria and was named after their castle in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I read that Our Queen made her final appearance at Balmoral Castle in Scotland to formally appointed UK’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss. The meeting marked the first time the Queen appointed a prime minister outside Buckingham Palace in her 70-year reign.

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Yeah, we should have known something when she couldn’t make the trip to Buckingham.
The Balmoral Tartan, must be included, when/if I take on the project.
Great research as always, Rebecca! A+++

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