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It was once I had the honour of attending the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this yr that I started to replicate on what the Queen’s reign has meant for our nation.
As we marked 70 wonderful years, it appeared inconceivable to think about a Britain with out her. Of course, we knew she wouldn’t go on for ever.
But the overwhelming majority of us have by no means identified one other Monarch, which is why the shock of her loss is so acutely felt.
She appeared as everlasting a characteristic of our nation as the mountains close to Balmoral – the place she beloved a lot.
Britain is going through troublesome occasions. Whether it’s the rising value of dwelling or the spectre of struggle in Europe, persons are apprehensive.
The lack of our Queen robs us of the nation’s stillest level, its most steadying affect, at a time when a lot appears to be in flux. But the response now we have seen over the final week has been heartening and has mirrored the nation she knew and served.
Tributes in Parliament have been a poignant show of how – regardless of many disagreements – our nation and our politics has much more that brings us collectively than divides us.
King Charles’s tour of the nation has proven that whereas we will mourn the finish of 1 period, we will nonetheless look ahead to a brand new one.
Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) paid tribute to the late Queen the day after her dying in the House of Commons
And the approach folks from all walks of life have patiently queued to say one last goodbye has reminded us of the quiet decency of this nation – befitting of the late Queen’s life.
Underpinning all of it is a deep respect. A British respect. For a household grieving, for the Monarchy, for public service and for one another. Of that we may be proud.
Over the previous few years, Britain has been examined again and again. No one believes it’s instantly going to get simpler.
But the crises of the previous few years have taught us that once we pull collectively we’re robust sufficient to get by means of. Our collective spirit noticed us by means of the darkish days of the pandemic. That collective spirit has been on show once more this week.
There are those that look at Britain and see a rustic that’s merely about tradition and ceremony.
That is just half the story. The different half is about evolution and adaptation. Of matching the occasions we discover ourselves in. Of being pleased with our historical past however embracing the future.
That is what Queen Elizabeth’s reign will be remembered for: a steadying, guiding affect throughout a interval of giant change.
Those important components of our national character – our openness, satisfaction, spirit – are what convinces me that Britain’s finest days can nonetheless lie forward of us.
Dare I say, I feel that’s what Queen Elizabeth would need us to suppose too.