Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip

Queen Elizabeth II: An Inspirational Legacy of Love

Queen Elizabeth II and her royal guard

How We Can Learn And Grow From Her 70 Years Of Leadership

We can learn a lot from the beloved Queen Elizabeth II, a monarch for the ages.

As you are aware, Queen Elizabeth passed away on 9/8/2022, at her favorite residence, Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, at age 96. She was an icon who was regaled and adored, an example of a life well-lived.

She will be missed.

The Queen And Princess Diana

Throughout my life, the queen and her royal family have always been a source of fascination. The colorful pageantry, charming princes, and fairy tale princesses who were rich and famous, living in epic, grand luxury.

It’s no surprise that my favorite was Diana, Princess of Wales. As I grew older, she was the one who seemed the most personable. And she was so vulnerable and beautiful.

As a result, the rest of the royals began to appear stodgy and old-fashioned.

Diana was the beautiful Snow White and Queen Elizabeth was the stepmother who tried to squelch her at every turn. At least that’s how the reporters made it appear.

However, after Diana’s tragic death, (which broke my heart), it became apparent the queen was a bit cooler and wiser than I had always thought. In fact, she was a dedicated leader, who was downright brilliant.

For starters, the woman had style. She was never seen without looking totally put together. This fashionista always matched from head to toe in beautiful, head-turning outfits. And those hats!

As it turns out, there is much we can learn from this long-enduring monarch who was the face of a country, for over 70 years. So, let’s take a look at the example she set to see if we can pick up a trait or two.

Queen Elizabeth II, longest reigning monarch in Britain

“I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am.” Queen Elizabeth II

The Making Of A Queen

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926, at 2:40 AM. She became queen on 6/2/1953, at the young age of 25. Her Royal Majesty ruled for 70 years and seven months, becoming the longest reigning monarch in Britain’s history.

However, she would never have become queen except for the small factor of her uncle, King Edward VIII, abandoning the throne to marry American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, in 1936. This moved Elizabeth into the direct line of succession, following her father, who became king in place of his brother.

Hence, the young queen willingly took on her new role, having the tenacity of a pitbull with a bone in its mouth. Ruling with strength and grace, living each day in devoted service to her country, never forgetting her duty to its well-being.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip wedding stamp

“It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps that bring about the most lasting changes.” Queen Elizabeth II

Takeaways From Queen Elizabeth II For Self-Improvement

What made Queen Elizabeth II stand out from the crowd

  • She was a source of strength and stability. Her Royal Majesty was an example of what others strive to be, always in control of her emotions and actions. She never failed to speak with wisdom and decorum. As a result, her calm, stable manner reassured and comforted the British people that all would be well.
  • It’s no surprise to know that this trailblazing monarch was a newsmaker. Her coronation in 1952, was the first to be televised on television. More than 20 million people in Great Britain viewed the ceremony. Another 11 million listened on the radio. At the time, this was almost everyone in England!
  • This particular queen was a courageous trailblazer. At the tender age of 19, Queen Elizabeth was the first female, British royal to serve her country in active military duty. She drove ambulances, and other vehicles, and serviced military vehicles.
  • She didn’t worry about too much of a good thing. Consequently, this lucky lady celebrated her birthday twice a year, once on her actual birthday, then again on her “official birthday,” in June, when the weather was warm. In fact, Britain celebrated the grand affair with the ceremony “Trooping the Colour.”

A beautiful, young Queen Elizabeth

“It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.” Queen Elizabeth II

The above quote is one of my favorites. It strikes me as the perfect marriage quote. Maybe, she applied it to her marriage, which lasted almost as long as her rule, ending only when Prince Phillip passed away in April 2021.

Interesting Facts About Her Royal Majesty

  • The queen endured through the years. Nine out of ten British subjects have never known another ruler to hold the power of England. And, she retained her abilities until the very end.
  • Neither Queen Elizabeth nor her younger sister, Margaret, ever went to school. Instead, they were taught at home by private tutors.
  • Actually, she was a 3rd cousin of her husband, Prince Phillip. Furthermore, they both shared Queen Victoria as their great-great grandma!
  • Notably, the Queen was the only citizen of England who was allowed to drive without a license. Which she did throughout her entire life!
  • Queen Elizabeth was well-traveled. Amazingly, this tiny woman traveled over one million miles in her lifetime as monarch. That’s 40 trips around the Earth!
  • Queen Elizabeth felt a kinship with her people. In fact, she initiated the tradition of royal family walkabouts. They continue to this day. The new tradition bucked centuries of security and safety, but it was more important to the queen to meet and greet her citizens personally.

Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout

Over the years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented, and fulfilled, have always been the people who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives.” Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s Most Admirable Traits

This long-time ruler and matriarch had nerves of steel. So, when she felt something needed to be done it got done. Therefore, the queen was a powerhouse of assertive force and wisdom. To learn more about her admirable traits, read onward.

  • She was interesting and fun. The queen loved horses and continued to ride up into her nineties. Also, she enjoyed pigeon racing and football. And it’s been said by someone close to the monarch, that she could perfectly mimic the sound of a Concorde jet landing.
  • This queen never let age or technology stop her. Amazingly, the queen sent out her very first Instagram post in 2019, at the age of 93.
  • Few people realize the queen was an inventor! Significantly, she created a new breed of dog, the “Dorgi,” when her Corgi had a party with her sister’s Dachshund. In fact, the monarch was a dog lover and owned over 30 Corgis in her lifetime. The very first lucky canine, in 1933, when she was 13, which she named “Dookie,”
  • Queen Elizabeth was tenacious! Admirably, she carried out around 21,000 total engagements, hosting 113 heads of state, from other countries, over the years. And she gave more than 180 garden parties at Buckingham Palace, which were attended by more than 1.5 million people!

According to gq.com, the queen was the Wilt Chamberlain of monarchs!

And it’s also admirable that Queen Elizabeth installed a prime minister, Liz Truss, only two days before the queen’s passing!

She was a tough cookie!

The Queen of England looking lovely in blue.

“We may hold different points of view but it is in times of stress and difficulty that we most need to remember that we have much more in common than there is dividing us.” Queen Elizabeth II

Singing The Praises Of The Queen Of England

The queen was truly a steadfast, enduring, and all-encompassing human being! I feel it is not doing her justice to stop now, so let’s add just a few more fabulous traits which we can take from her life and adopt to our own.

  • Her Royal Majesty was dignified down to her bones! Queen Elizabeth II was a very private person and never publicly aired her dirty laundry. The result was that every Royal scandal and drama was handled with class and grace.
  • We’ve already mentioned the queen was a fashionista, but did you know all the hats worn about palace events were done so per her command? I would love it if hats were as fashionable here in America because they are fabulous!
  • This was a monarch who was fiscally responsible. She wanted to pay her fair share. As a result, Queen Elizabeth paid her taxes every year, even though she wasn’t required to do so!
  • The royal leader of England knew how to relax! Per insider.com, she drank a glass of Gin and Dubonnet before lunch, wine at lunch, and a dry martini with a glass of champagne in the evening. At least, she did before her doctor recommended she stop. The woman could hold her liquor!

You probably don’t need to try that last one, it’s just here for entertainment purposes!

Buckingham Palace, London in Spring

“I know of no single formula for success. But, over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm, and their inspiration to work together.” Queen Elizabeth II

Two Surprisingly Funny Traits of Queen Elizabeth

The queen was a human being just like you and me. She got tired. She found herself in situations where she didn’t want to be. And she had one surprising habit that completely countered her privileged upbringing. Read on.

Her Royal Majesty was frugal. She wore the same, inexpensive, nail polish since 1989. “Essie’s Classic Pale Pink Polish, Ballet Slipper.” Which retails for $7.00. In the queen’s view, the color did not clash with her outfits.

Queen Elizabeth was a sly one! The spirited monarch had secret signals for her staff so they would know when she needed to be rescued from unwanted situations. Therefore, when the queen put her handbag on the table, it informed her staff that she wanted an event to end within the next five minutes. And when the bag was placed on the floor, it meant she needed rescuing from her current conversation!

Final Takeaways To Absorb From Her Royal Majesty

The queen was much loved all over the world. And especially by those who knew her best. Surprisingly, she was said to have a wicked sense of humor that was well known in the palace.

She was bound to duty and carried it out with class and aplomb. The late monarch never lagged in her responsibilities. Yet she had interesting hobbies and enjoyed daily relaxation and fun.

Her Royal Majesty was tenacious and went after what she knew was right. She didn’t stop going after it until she was 96.

Queen Elizabeth II was wisdom and elegance, a beauty who took an entire country onto her shoulders and carried it for 70 years and 7 months.

May we all benefit from the example she left behind.

“Perhaps we make too much of what is wrong and too little of what is right. The trouble with gloom is that it feeds upon itself and depression causes more depression.” Queen Elizabeth II

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  1. I’ve loved the Queen and Princess Di since I was a little girl as well. For me, the Queen was an example of a woman who was a world leader and always at the top of her game. Her leadership throughout the world served as an example that women deserved a seat at the table. Throughout the entirety of her life and reign as Queen, her commitment to the British people never waivered. I will always be in awe of her devotion to arriving others

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