Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen is dead; God Save The King!

When I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God’s help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret, or retract, one word of it.

Queen Elizabeth II

As the United Kingdom and Commonwealth mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we at Askawayhealth join the global community to express our deepest sympathy to King Charles III and the rest of her family. 

Whatever one feels about the monarchy as an idea, the centuries of British imperialism that it still represents, or the various members of the House of Windsor, the death of the queen is a historic event, not least because it signals the end of an era for Britain.

Radhika Jones, Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair, September 2022
Queen Elizabeth II with Commonwealth Leaders
Queen Elizabeth II, Heads of Government and Commonwealth Nations

Who was Queen Elizabeth II?

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21st 1926 and ascended to the British throne in June 1953. Her coronation marked another note of progression in what was very much a man’s world in tandem with strides from her ancestors Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria before her.

A picture of feminine dignity, the young Queen quickly assumed the role of leader and gradually evolved into the near-constant and visible figurehead for church and government that the UK, indeed the world, has known for over seven decades.

Her Majesty the Queen was the Patron of several organisations including Cancer Research UK and The British Red Cross Society. She also supported smaller bodies in specialist areas including vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism. In addition, Queen Elizabeth was Patron of a number of hospitals, including Great Ormond Street and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Nigeria in 1956

 Change is the Only Constant

The Queen’s death may have triggered different emotions in many of us. Even for those who never met her, it may simply be you associate her with particular events of life. Some may feel a deep sense of loss or question their reaction to the public outpouring of grief at her passing. Here is a way to deal with your feelings.

The next few days are devoted to paying respect to Queen Elizabeth II as her coffin lies in state at the Westminister Palace.

The viewing is open to the general public, and if you wish to visit, please check this guide for the arrangements.

Queen Elizabeth II will finally be laid to rest on Monday, 19th September 2022.

May her memory be a blessing!

Commonwealth visits