A wonderful life, still very much devoted to service, was celebrated across the country yesterday.
On her 21st birthday, some 69 years ago, Princess Elizabeth promised her ‘whole life whether it be long or short’ to the service to the people of the Commonwealth nations. She has accepted, with grace and commitment, the life that this country has asked her to lead.
It is remarkable that a 90 year-old lady navigates a system of hereditary authority through a period of immense global change. She demonstrates timeless values of commitment, loyalty and selflessness.
From the very beginning, The Queen called on the people of these lands and the Commonwealth to support her. Very much aware of the need for community, she was reminded yesterday of the wide acknowledgement and admiration that exists for somebody who has done, and keeps doing, her duty. This acknowledgement was seen yesterday on our streets, in our schools, our churches and in Parliament.
Of course, there are many others for whom duty, self-sacrifice and commitment are also accepted as part of the job. Our second interfaith day was an opportunity for our pupils to meet representatives and leaders of our local faith communities, including the humanists. These men and women work according to value systems which call them to serve others in an attempt to improve the quality of their lives.
Micah 6:8 puts it best:
Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly