Family Strength

EXCEPT for the wives of King Henry VIII of England, queens in the island once so important in the settlement of the United States have durability, and that is proven by Queen Elizabeth II who still reigns at the age of 85.

Granted, British royal personages no longer have the clout once exercised, but they still gain attention not only in their own country but elsewhere.

In her annual broadcast this month, Elizabeth II placed emphasis on the importance of family.

The Associated Press pointed out that she “spoke of the strength family can provide during times of hardship and how friendships are often formed in difficult times.

“She pointed to the Commonwealth nations as an example that family ‘does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community.'”

ELIZABETH like many others of her generation has seen many changes since 1953 when she was crowned as queen. She has been queen in Great Britain longer than anyone else except for Victoria who was on the throne from 1837 until her death in 1901.

Queen Elizabeth I didn’t do too badly either when it came to longevity as the monarch. She served from 1558 to 1603.

THE CURRENT queen has witnessed many changes in the world itself, and she also has seen changes within her family, including divorce and a variety of shenanigans.

The only difference between her family problems and similar ones experienced by those not-so-royal is that hers were on public display.

Yet, Elizabeth II is wise enough to know what are important in this world – a person’s family, one’s friends and the community or nation itself.

She pointed out that family doesn’t necessarily mean blood relatives but can describe a community or nation with “a common bond, shared beliefs, mutual values and goals.”

The queen talked about the Commonwealth and looking to the future while having a sense of camaraderie, warmth and mutual respect while still maintaining individualism.

Those things are so important not only to a nation but to each person.