Like so many people around the world today. I am saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and I extend my condolences to all of my readers in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and elsewhere who are mourning her passing.

I’m actually sadder that I might have thought I would be, had I given it any thought before. The Queen had been there all of my life, and I simply took her for granted. It’s only now, after she has passed and so many tributes to her are being made, that I realize mankind has lost one of our greatest treasures. I think a lot of people feel the same way today. Even Vladimir Putin paid tribute to her, and spoke of her lifelong service to her subjects.

That remarkable service lasted 70 years, until her last breath at the age of 96. Remarkably, only 48 hours before her death, she was meeting with the new prime minister of the U.K., Liz Truss.

I have a new respect for some members of the British monarchy today. They have devoted themselves to serving the people, and it is, indeed, a life of many sacrifices for those members who are most visible to the public in the U.K. and during their various tours around the world. It might all seem a little excessive to those who don’t live in the U.K., but I know that the people of the Britain loved Queen Elizabeth dearly.

God bless Queen Elizabeth II.

May she rest in peace.

— Jillian