Martin Wyeth Shares His Thoughts on the Passing of Queen Elizabeth
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September 9th, 2022 - I'm not a big fan of the concept of royalty, the idea of entitlement from birth is completely alien to me. I am far more in the Tiger Woods camp of "everything has to be earned". When I was invited in 2009 to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, my head was full of touristic thoughts, seeing the palace bragging rights, photo opportunities and so on. Hence, when the day arrived and we set off from the Ritz Hotel to the palace in our extravagant vehicle, we had no expectations of the encounter.
Upon arrival, we drove through the gates and entered the palace through doors of a solid oak that looked Roman, we went up the grand staircase to the state rooms with gilding from floor to ceiling, you could have comfortably built our 2-story house in any one of the four state rooms. There were tables loaded with champagne and the setting was beyond grand. My core observation however was "this is a working palace” everything was worn but well maintained, from the carpet to the furniture the building was more than a façade.
I would love to pretend that my invitation was personal, but it was a part of the Queen's Award program where the Queen annually recognizes a few of the country's top performing businesses of which Power Tee was one. The Duke of Edinburgh was there and a few princes, the atmosphere was light and friendly. After an hour or so a change in pace occurred and guests were chaperoned into one of the state rooms for the presentation. One by one the Queen met and engaged with every single guest in the Palace. The level of courtesy extended and the poise with which it was offered was flawless. I was forced to reconsider my shallow and limited view of royalty.
On this day a monarch in her mid-80s worked extremely hard to recognize people of no consequence to her. From my point of view, she demonstrated more statesmanship than half of parliament could have summoned in 2009 and more than all of parliament could summon today. On coronation she granted Churchill the right to form government and took a front row seat in one of the most developmental periods in human history. She remained resolute, dutiful, and composed to the end. A very tough act to follow for her successor.
I finish my observation with a link to a video from one of her aides that is a nice way to remember some of her great qualities. God bless her!