As a sailor might navigate by finding the north star so, for the last 70 years, has the world cast its gaze, in times of joy and crisis, to Queen Elizabeth II for a bright and consistent light in the firmament.
The loss we feel as a nation at the dying of that light is shared by many across the Commonwealth and throughout the world. Her Majesty represented the very best of us in her devotion to duty, her love of country and her desire to reach out to people across the world. We will miss her, and we will celebrate her life, her achievements, and her incredible influence over nearly three quarters of a century.
For a great many of us a part of being British was calling Elizabeth II our Queen, but Her Majesty has spent a lifetime demonstrating how to adapt and change for the better, always keeping calm and measured in the face of adversity. So, it is in celebration of the past and with confident hope in our future that we depart the Elizabethan Age and welcome our new King Charles III.
God Save The King.