Queen Elizabeth II

by Audrey Pace

Thesis

Queen Elizabeth II belongs in the history 'wall of fame' because of her kind open mind, amazing meaningful lessons, and her constant loyalty to her country and people.

Introduction

Imagine, at the age of 26 taking over the throne and being the queen of an entire country. For more than half a century Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over the United Kingdom, being the longest reign of the British throne, and its commonwealth realms with a sure and steady hand promising a bright future and earning the respect she deserves through her kind soul,


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/queen-elizabeth-iis-influential-reign/

Queen Elizabeth II had an open mind...

A photo of her dancing with the black president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, at his country’s independence celebration in 1961 outraged South African whites. This was not a statement of policy, but it spoke no less clearly to the millions of Commonwealth citizens: the queen would stand by them, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality. Nothing shows more kindness and love than her delight at Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990. Three years before Mr. Mandela became president, Queen Elizabeth II didnt hesitate to invite him to a meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government group, showing her belief that he was, at least in a moral sense, already the country’s leader. This made her extremely likable showing she had a kind heart and was not one to judge. People like someone who is nice and also knows how to strongly rule- and she was the perfect example.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/opinion/why-the-queen-matters.html?referer=

Queen Elizabeth II's teachings...

Elizabeth II has a legacy of service, duty, and commitment to the Commonwealth. Her Majesty always appeared to be in control of the situation, never hurried, anguished or over emotional never giving people a reason to panic or be afraid. Rather than rail against such changes (as other monarchs have), she presided over them with dignity and grace. The record of Britain under Elizabeth reminds us to be thrilled by change rather than fear it. She also remained calm throughout a series of violent encounters, including the 1960s riots by Quebec separatists, getting shot at in the early 1980s and braving a bedroom intruder around the same time. Cultivating poise in the face of chaos is crucial for those in positions of responsibility and leadership. She teaches people to hold their heads high and to not be afraid. She taught others to not be afraid of change and to accept technology. Even at the very beginning of her career, Elizabeth was on the cutting edge and incorporated new media into the spectacle of her accession. Elizabeth defied conservative forces and was open-minded enough to experiment with other options.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/5-leadership-lessons-can-learn-queen-elizabeth-ii/

Queen Elizabeth II's loyalty...

Queen Elizabeth II was one of the most loyal people. The people could always trust her and never had doubt she had the best intentions. In 1945, Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service to help in the war effort. She trained side-by-side with other British women to be an expert driver and mechanic. This showed that she was completely devoted to helping and doing everything she could. Her majesty was very much in love with her husband Phillip. It is said that she "only had eyes for him" she was so loyal and sweet to her husband that people believed her and knew she had a kind heart. She has always been favored by the people and will continue to be.

Her past...

Born in London on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary wasn't supposed to be queen. But when her uncle, King Edward VIII, married American divorcee Wallace Simpson, 10-year-old Princess Elizabeth suddenly became heir apparent to the British throne. On her 21st birthday, she confirmed her commitment to public service. She said at the time, "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service."


http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Elizabeth_II.aspx

Pictures of Queen Elizabeth II and her dogs