Elizabeth the Great

By Anita Jaynes on 29 September, 2022

TBE Partnership with Thrings

To commemorate the passing of Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, our latest
‘Is it me?’ is dedicated to the Queen and our new monarch, King Charles III.

I’m writing this six days after the passing of our late Queen, Elizabeth II. As you would expect, much has been written about a quite remarkable lady and the tributes have been richly deserved. I even saw a clip of Boris Johnson suggesting that her late Majesty be referred to from now on as Elizabeth the Great and I suspect there would be few people disagreeing with that. For this column however I just wanted to say a few words about the Royal Family and in particular, King Charles. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been humbled by the stoic dedication the late Queen’s children and grandchildren have demonstrated.

In losing a parent the pain and sadness associated with the loss is hard, really hard. On top of the grief you’ve got a mountain of admin to get through. Bank accounts, utility bills, council tax, death certificates, undertakers, flowers, orders of service – the list and the associated misery is almost endless. Coupled with all of that you’re tired and worried about your loved ones and family and how they are feeling. Tough times, right? Over the last week or so we’ve witnessed a family going through all of the emotions of losing a cherished and much-loved matriarch, in the face of the world’s media, and with an admin list as long as our island’s coastline.

In a time of sorrow, the Royal Family have held themselves together in a way which would have made our late Queen, and His Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, incredibly proud. Duty, pomp, ceremony and circumstance. Thousands of miles travelled. Thousands of handshakes. Thousands of smiles and acknowledgements. Thousands of stiff upper lips. I just find the whole thing quite remarkable. When you then consider that our King, and the Queen Consort are both in their seventies it really is a marathon effort – they must be worn out and yet they go forward. That King Charles was able to front up to the global attention and address the nation, the Commonwealth and the world so soon after losing his mother, and with such eloquence, really struck a chord with me. Whether you’re a Royalist, a republican or something in between you cannot help but have some admiration for him.

When this column lands, we will have already witnessed the state funeral of the Queen. Between now and then the Royal Family will have continued, as they always do, to push through these difficult times in the public gaze. They will have continued to share their very personal grief with the grief of a nation, which in itself must be a hard thing to do. I just hope that when the formalities are over and the Queen is reunited with her husband, that the Royal family are given time to grieve and reflect on a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother in the way that you or I could.

For now, and for the future, God save the King.

John Davies, Senior Corporate Partner, Thrings

e: jdavies@thrings.com  t: 01793 412634