Queen Elizabeth II

8 Sep 2022
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Such very sad news.

Such very sad news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

A statement from King Charles III:

"The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

Whether you agree with the monarchy or not, it is a very sad day as no-one can deny Her Majesty served her country as she promised. 

We’d like to give everyone a chance to share their thoughts and feeings today.

Our thoughts are with the royal family at this time.

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Janet

Sept. 9, 2022, 4:53 a.m.

Service to others is surely the greatest gift we can give in this life?

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Mark

Sept. 9, 2022, 5:16 a.m.

Today it feels like there is an empty seat at the breakfast table. The passing of the Queen has been expected for some time now, but the actual event has been felt more deeply than I realised. We need to mourn, remember and celebrate a true example of leadership. May Elizabeth now walk with Philip in the sun with her beloved corgis and horses. We will remember her smile, her elegance and her generosity.

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Ach UK

Sept. 9, 2022, 6:07 a.m.

Like the Duke of Edinburgh to the Queen; Elizabeth as Monarch has truly been our " Strength and Stay ". I give thanks for her great service and her firm beliefs that warmed our hearts and reminded us that there would be better times to come. R.I.P.

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the room above the garage

Sept. 9, 2022, 6:15 a.m.

She has been the tallest, widest, biggest tree in the forest, the one everybody looked to for silent but gritty guidance. There is a huge piece of empty sky without her… I have learned so much from how she lived. Blessed we had her, sorrowed to face a dawn without her. Thank you Ma’am, long you watched over us.

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Daisy

Sept. 9, 2022, 6:30 a.m.

As I grew older I grew in my fondness and admiration of the queen. Yesterday it seemed like the gentle end as she succumbed to the fragility of old age. I felt comforted that her death had been in a home she loved and away from a hospital or glare of the world. She worked for us, putting her country and people first supporting her prime ministers in an exceptional way. Now she is gone - there feels like a rock and foundation has been removed. I hope that society keeps her values - service and integrity these are things we surely need. Deeds done not for glory for oneself or for personal gain but for the greatest good

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Dragonfly

Sept. 9, 2022, 6:45 a.m.

Daisy, your first paragraph, exactly so x

Valerie

Sept. 9, 2022, 6:40 a.m.

As an anti-monarchist,the only one of the royal family I had any respect for was the Queen.She was an uncomplaining stoic till the end. Unlike some other members of her family she knew that the privileges came with responsibilities.I would have liked the system of monarchy to end with her,she will be a hard act to follow that's for sure.My lasting memory will be that photo of her sitting alone at the funeral of her husband,with a mask on.

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Vivien

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:19 a.m.

Valerie, I too remember that photo - my heart ached for her at that time. So sad, I just wanted to hug her ***

Dragonfly

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:54 a.m.

I agree with you in many respects here Val x

Oli

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:07 p.m.

Me too Val. x

Teg

Sept. 9, 2022, 6:54 a.m.

To serve for seventy years and have everyone's respect is an achievement never to be surpassed. I have known no other Monarch; in such a rapidly changing world she was always there. A huge strength as a Queen, Mother, Grandmother... The world has changed and it is our responsibility to ensure her values endure. Txx

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Jul

Sept. 9, 2022, 7:32 a.m.

The Queen's health seemed to deteriorate slowly after her husband died. I am finding it difficult to understand how she was pictured smiling and standing up (albeit with a stick), greeting Liz Truss on Tuesday this week and within two days she had passed away. It all seems very stage managed. The Queen had a lovely smile right to the end and served our country so very well. Jul xx

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The Gardener

Sept. 9, 2022, 7:58 a.m.

Jul certainly was extraordinary. Friend of my age made same remark about the photo. Is Liz Truss very tall or had the Queen shrunk with her infirmities - I only saw her once, opening New Covent Garden Market, she was very petite, as was her mother, who I saw at a tea party at Kensington Palace.xx

Jul

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:42 a.m.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is puzzled by the sequence of events! I'm wondering if it was the angle of the photo that made Liz Truss tower over the Queen although she was very tiny especially at the end and I did think how thin she looked in that photo. Have a good day Gardener Jul ***

Rosie

Sept. 9, 2022, 7:55 a.m.

Let us all raise a cup of tea and have a marmalade sandwich today to remember all of those that we have lost that have made positive influences on our lives. Whether a supporter of royalty or not all the words attributed to the queen are totally apt,dedicated,kind,caring,integrity,loyalty,reliable,loving.................. Thank you the Moodscope team for today's blog. Rosie x

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The Gardener

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:08 a.m.

I can hardly remember life before the Queen. When she was driving her lorry in the ATS I was running home from school hoping the doodle-bug would keep on going. She was a great lady. This is sentimental and 'fey'. I think a broken heart finished her off. In our families we have estrangements, rows, scandals, unfortunate marriages, great sorrow. The stark loneliness as she sat at the reduced funeral for her beloved husband, compares to the outpouring of love and respect I got at death of my husband and son. She was very aware of what went on in the rest of the world. In the ast 18 months, go into a French paper shop - there, staring at you were huge pictures of Prince Andrew and all the scandalous speculation. Harry and Meghan must have hurt the Queen and did not do themselves any good. And her last Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was regarded as a clown and a joke world wide. I hope King Charles III has the strong, responsible genes of his parents. I think the monarchy is a 'safety valve' for a democracy. Where you have Presidents, several now have turned into cruel dictators. Thanks Moodscope, adding respect and grief.

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Jul

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:44 a.m.

I think you are so right Mrs G saying the monarchy is " safety valve for democracy"You have given me hope that King Charles the 3rd will continue to provide this security for us amidst the frightening rise of dictators such as Putin. Jul ***

The Gardener

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:03 a.m.

Jul, in India the President a figurehead, one I met super guy. But current prime minister has Hitler as hero, Mein Kamf selling well. PM wants an all Hindu state, although 200 million Muslims. Christians being victimised. Untouchable class being brought back. Sorry, meet too many people, see too much world news, see very good French TV - allied with German TV, find programmes excellent, xx

Jul

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:12 a.m.

Yes it's very worrying. I too watch too much world news and agree about French TV programmes. We watch it all the time when we're in France so am very familiar with their take on the news and their excellent film collaborations. Jul xx

Bunnykins

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:22 a.m.

Painfully sad; she was Queen 7 years before my birth. It doesn't seem real that we won't see her again '(

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Vivien

Sept. 9, 2022, 8:24 a.m.

I just feel as though a light has gone out in the room. When watching the television, I felt the presenters were very professional but tender in their views. The Queen has been a part of my life and I feel as though I have lost a close and personal friend. My heart goes out to all of her family at this time. I also send my love and hugs to my fellow Moodscopers as we all cope with this awful news. Be strong everyone - take care - Thanks Moodscope for this kind and warm tribute. ***

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The Gardener

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:09 a.m.

Presenters interesting Bunnykins. Huw Edwards has a special face when announcing doom, he's done enough. I thought Clive Myrie? was great, remembering his mother meeting the Queen in Jamaica and never forgetting it. She had enormous respect here. In my shop I have a whole shelf of magazines, ~English and French, of big events. One, Prince William and family 'L'irrestible petit Prince Louis (1 year old). Feel same about my g-grand-son.

Dragonfly

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:08 a.m.

I actually find it quite difficult to write how I feel. So much has been expressed here so beautifully already. The Queen's words of 'we will meet again' during the pandemic reduced me to tears, but as a constant in my life, her words felt full of hope, that brighter times would return. I thought the rainbows yesterday to be particularly poignant. They were extremely symbolic when my Mum died and I always see them as a reminder. Her Majesty was remarkable and unparalleled in her sense of duty and commitment, and showed grace and diplomacy in honouring her promise to serve for her whole life. A light has certainly gone out.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:16 a.m.

Thank you for this Caroline and Adrian and the team, She certainly was worthy of our trust in her. I haven’t read everyone’s comments or I will not remember what I wanted to say! So forgive me if I’m repeating what others have written. One of the things I have always wanted to do was to actually ‘see’ the Queen, in the flesh so to speak. Wasn’t worried about shaking her hand, but just wanted to see her - never happened but I still feel like she was always there for the whole country and the Commonwealth. How amazing she was to keep doing her duty right to the end - something she promised to do. What an honour to be British and have had her steadying hand at the head. I have always had such great respect for her - and hope that she rests in peace with Philip. My other hope in this regard is that King Charles III becomes a good steadying king in her place. Hard act to follow. Love and Bear hugs to all who need a gentle squish x x x

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Catherine

Sept. 9, 2022, 12:04 p.m.

Bear, she was much smaller ‘in the flesh’ than she seemed in pictures and film. She had an amazing complexion and the most wonderful smile that always reached her eyes. I feel incredibly sad about her death, but I’m so glad for HM that she was able to do her duty until the very end - something that was so very important to her, and that she wanted to do, to fulfil her destiny. We are all the poorer for her loss. I hope the world will learn from her and be kinder and more gracious to each other in our fractured world. My thoughts are with her family and friends whose grief is by definition so public xx

Jul

Sept. 9, 2022, 4:58 p.m.

Hello Catherine. Have you met the Queen? I think you might have done! Jul xx

Catherine

Sept. 9, 2022, 7:22 p.m.

Hi Jul, Only briefly 45 years ago. She came to Epsom, where I then lived, for the Derby, and as it was her Silver Jubilee year she visited the town on her way back to London from the races. (For those of you who may not know, the Derby is an important horse racing event, and HM was a great lover of racing and attended each year. It used to be held on the first Wednesday in June, now it’s on a Saturday) I was teaching there at the time and our school was selected in a ballot of Surrey schools to be part of the reception group to make a presentation to the Queen to recognise her Jubilee. I was ‘in charge’ of the two young children who were presenting the bouquet. Things were much more formal in those days and we were sent very specific instructions from the Palace about what I should wear, including a hat and gloves! The pupils wore their school uniform. They practised their curtsey and bow and interestingly their main recollection of the Queen when they got back to school was ……. her shoes!…… she was wearing black patent court shoes with the most beautiful ornate buckles, and the children were mesmerised by them. I was most taken by her smile, her diminutive stature and, as I said before to Bear, her beautiful complexion. I remember the day so well, and I think many people have said that meeting the Queen is something they have never forgotten. C x

Jul

Sept. 10, 2022, 8:02 a.m.

How interesting Catherine. A lovely memory. So she was small then. I didn't realise how tiny the Queen has always been. Her stature has been enhanced by her position as head of state, our Queen which makes us think she was taller! You made me smile about the Queen's shoes and the impression they made on your two pupils! Jul xx

Miguel

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:22 a.m.

Today I feel great sadness and sorrow at the passing of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty has reigned with such dignity, integrity, devotion and grace and has been an absolute leading light for us all to follow. My thoughts and deepest heartfelt condolences are with the Royal family at this very difficult time for the loss Her Royal Majesty. : (

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Mary Wednesday

Sept. 9, 2022, 9:51 a.m.

I am not ashamed to say I cried a little when I heard the news. Our Queen was a great and gracious lady. She exemplified devoted service to her country and the Commonwealth, while remaining at all times dignified in the face of personal grief and disappointment. It is the end of an era; we shall not see her like again.

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Orangeblossom

Sept. 9, 2022, noon

News of her passing took me aback. Couldn’t quite believe it at first.. I agree with Jul that since Prince Philip died she was looking steadily frailer. She did celebrate her Platinum Jubilee with courage & charming stoicism even though she may not have felt much like it. RIP

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The Gardener

Sept. 9, 2022, 5:25 p.m.

I have just watched the service from St Pauls - just 2,000 people 'off the streets' what a gesture. I remembered the death of the Queen's father, I was 17. What radio programmes we had played non-stop funereal music - how things have changed in involvement of the people. George VI never wanted to be King, thrust there because his brother could not make the sacrifice to do HIS duty. George VI had the war years, and the aftermath, and he died young. King Charles III gave hope tonight, we certainly need it ***

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Ana

Sept. 13, 2022, 1:22 a.m.

I met King Charles at the local jam shop ten years ago he shook my hand and I very much enjoyed meeting him and thought King Charles wonderful. Marmalade sandwiches is a brilliant Paddington Bear clip, love this!

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