On Her Majesty’s Service

18 Sep 2022
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On the 21st April, 1947, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II said, “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.” This was on the occasion of Her 21st Birthday. This is a promise Her Majesty delivered upon, unfailingly.

You can review the film on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yDDqO4dH3c and the full transcript here: http://www.royal.uk/21st-birthday-speech-21-april-1947

The close of Her speech invites us to join in this dedication. She said, “God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share it.”

Are we willing to share such dedication to the prosperity and wellbeing of others? Her Majesty is an example of someone who saw the bigger picture, realised the necessary longevity of Her commitment, and lived, consistently, accordingly. Could you and I faithfully keep such a promise for 75 years? I believe every decision Elizabeth II made was influenced by Her unbreakable commitment to the long-term service of the realm.

Duty

Discipline

Devotion

I was thrilled to hear Nicholas Whitchell say that The Queen enjoyed Her role. When duty becomes an accepted vocation, maybe it ceases to be duty in any onerous sense. Perhaps it become liberating when accepted unswervingly. The Queen’s was a life dedicated to duty. Could it be that duty becomes privilege when we accept it?

Seeing the arrangements, it becomes clearer to me that discipline is an essential part of a life well lived and a life well supported. The planning, preparation, and rehearsal that has gone into these State events is there for all to see. Practice and rehearsal has become a habit of excellence necessary for State events to succeed in the eyes of the watching World. Many have answered Her Majesty’s call to those willing to share her devotion and dedication to a life of service. Devotion requires structure and discipline in order to excel.

The Queen showed us what devotion to a cause looks like over a lifetime. The word vocation keeps coming to mind. A nurse never ceases to be a nurse with their vocation for healing – Doctors and Surgeons and Pharmacists sharing that vocation. A teacher never ceases to teach.

My heartfelt desire for all of us today is that we may all find a noble cause to dedicate our lives to in humble service. I hope we all have a sense of purpose that will carry us steadfastly through every valley, and help us to celebrate every hilltop. May we all discover a vocation that will define us as clearly as being the Servant Queen defined Her Majesty.

Lex

A Moodscope member.

A Moodscope member.

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G

Sept. 19, 2022, 12:19 a.m.

This is just perfect Lex. Thank you.

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Mary Wednesday

Sept. 19, 2022, 5:21 a.m.

A perfect blog, Lex. Just perfect. Thank you. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.

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Silvia

Sept. 19, 2022, 5:58 a.m.

What a good reflection about duty and discipline. Thanks, Lex.

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Kate

Sept. 19, 2022, 6:33 a.m.

Thank you for expressing so eloquently how I and many others feel. I’d like to add that for every person in London today there are a million others shedding a silent tear at home.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Sept. 19, 2022, 6:35 a.m.

Morning Lex and all Moodscopers on this sad day for us who loved and cared about Her Majesty. Duty became a privilege and I would not have had it any other way for both my mother in law and my mother, when they both needed it. Devotion to duty - all those serving members of His Majesty’s Forces now do their duty to the late Queen who they served to her end. It is incredible to watch the scenes of duty and discipline. The Queen may have had privileges (that we’d all like a bit of) but who would still be doing what she did so well and for so long? I for one am dreadfully saddened by her death and thank her for her love, devotion, duty and kindness to us all, she did her duty for us all. Thank you Lex, Caroline and Adrian. Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Teg

Sept. 19, 2022, 6:46 a.m.

Good Morning Lex Beautifully written. I am sure your sentiments are shared by millions within our Moodscope family and the wider world. The words you have used are very evocative; such as devotion, vocation. To accept one's role in life unconditionally is a truly wonderful. We must ensure her message is not forgotten; that is her true legacy. Txx

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Vivien

Sept. 19, 2022, 12:05 p.m.

As always Lex, a brilliant blog. Thank-you for putting into words what so many of us are thinking. I remember seeing HM come to Winchester many years ago to hand out the Maundy money - she took her time to talk to the public and that I do remember. May I also take the opportunity to remember the Duke of Edinburgh, who was always as her side. His 'warped' sense of humour - staff leaving the County Council offices nearby at the end of the working day and seeing both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh chose to stop and acknowledge them. When the Royal couple came over to where I was stood, one of my colleagues chose to advise them that we had just finished our working week. The Duke of Edinburgh said, oh you work in that building - you've escaped! The Queen laughed and smiled at the quip. The Queen will be sorely missed - my thoughts are with the family at this difficult time but also would like to take the opportunity to send my thoughts to Moodscopers for whom this time will cause them to remember 'lost' loved ones. Take care all and once again, thanks Lex. Viv xxxx

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G

Sept. 19, 2022, 1:18 p.m.

This is lovely Vivien.

Sally

Sept. 19, 2022, 12:28 p.m.

And I’ll add another D word, Lex, dignity. My sister reflected that our mother shared this with the late Queen, a profound sense of dignity. They were of a similar age. My mother had a lifelong devotion to duty, in her case to her husband and family.

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Lex

Sept. 19, 2022, 1:17 p.m.

Thank you for sharing my sentiments today - we've been watching the Funeral and the processions in a state of awe. This is the best of Humanity. Dignity, Duty, Discipline, Devotion, and Diligence every day. Her Majesty's example (and now His Majesty's) make me want to live more purposefully a life of service. And how happy Her Majesty would be to so inspire so many of us. ***

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Adrian

Sept. 19, 2022, 2:37 p.m.

Nicely done Lex Ax

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The Gardener

Sept. 19, 2022, 3:22 p.m.

Thank you Lex. Yesterday a French friend came round, my children's age. She had been an au pair in UK many years ago. She wanted to come and watch the funeral with me. I was so pleased, not desperate for company. But it was symptomatic, in a tiny way, of what has been happening ever since the death of the Queen, people coming together. She, sitting with me, saw HER president sitting in Westminster Abbey. We were both over-awed, although she was not familiar with the interior of the Abbey. Mostly we were silent, I only explained some protocol, and a little about the uniforms. She was absolutely staggered at the procession through London, never seen such quiet dignity and pageantry at the same time.

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Lex

Sept. 19, 2022, 5:32 p.m.

I like what Emmanuel Macron said, "To you, she was your Queen. To us, she was the Queen." Such respect and honour from around the world truly gives us hope for the future.

Teg

Sept. 19, 2022, 10:02 p.m.

Yes Lex "Hope for the future" that's what we need. Txx

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