Friday, April 07, 2006

My Passion Series - The Queen (1)

Right from the time I was born, like I mentioned in my last write-up, the British monarch has been one of the very few institutions I had fallen in love with. The reasons as well are far more emotional than word can express. But the main reason is the queen herself.

I might suspect my admiration of Her Majesty as a fall out for my love for Britishness, but far from it, she is a woman I adore next after my mother. Watching her in the past 26 years of my life, my admiration of Queen Elizabeth II has been formed from the humility of the persona she portrays. You may argue with me, but it is agreeable that she has not in the long years on the throne shown pomposity nor arrogance. Most people may disregard her due to the mere opinion that they don’t want monarchy, but I admire her for the mere opinion that she hasn’t been an arrogant monarch.

Second to that, I admire her because she is a woman. Now that’s another argument. In a world where women are not allowed to be in charge, the queen has held on and been a ruler of billions without opposition. Now this links up to the above paragraph, her humility and calm celebrity creates no room for challenge. Although politics and democracy has usurped powers from the throne, yet whatever power that is left there has been used with charisma and respect that sometimes one accepts that it is very easy to be in power and not be power-drunk. With the likes of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Jesus wouldn’t had made the comment that “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter heaven”, because, in all her wealth, supremacy, affluence, and exalted position, she has dined with the rich and poor, spoken like a mother, bore her burdens maturely, and never taken over the front pages due to an argument or disagreement.

I can go on and on with the reasons why I admire the queen, her throne, her person and the institution she leads, but with a reasonable thought, you can agree with me, she is a wonderful person. Just put yourself in her shoes and imagine how you would have behaved…

Well, come 21st April 2006, Her Majesty will be 80. I am sure I won’t have the chance to say a happy birthday to her in person, but in all my heart, I do wish her the best of it.

On Sunday, by 9pm, the BBC will be showing a first of series of program on the queen and her 80th, guess what, I will be glued to my little 14” and see it all. And in case you don’t know, in my room is a card picture of the queen on the wall. I am still hoping to save up and buy a befitting one. Call me crazy, but sure, she is one of my passions

God bless our gracious queen.

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