This blog has been written on behalf of the Inspire the Mind Editorial Team.
Like so many across the globe, we have been so saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There is no one among us who hasn’t spent most of their life with The Queen reigning, and her passing marks a sad and significant moment in history. As the world comes together to commemorate Her Majesty, we want to reflect on her life and steadfast commitment to her service, with particular reference to her role in promoting health and education.
At just age 25 she was crowned, and The Queen then served for over 70 years — not only as the longest reigning British Monarch, but as Head of State for 14 more countries across the globe, the Commonwealth Realms.
Being part of King’s College London, where Her Majesty was our Patron, we have seen a clear sense of pride regarding this relationship, and her frequent visits to us are being reflected on fondly. The Queen was often joined by her late husband, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, who was himself made a Life Governor of King’s College London back in 1955. The Queen’s most recent visit to us was in 2019 when, joined by Her Royal Highness the now Princess of Wales, she visited the opening of our Bush House Building in the centre of London.
Since 1972, Her Majesty visited the University on a number of occasions, meeting our Principles and commemorating building openings, as well as holding a number of meetings with NHS staff at King’s College Hospital and opening wings of the hospital. Several King’s College London staff have also been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list throughout the years for their services to social care, the NHS, research and education. As we have seen in the time since Her Majesty’s death, so many have been sharing similar reflections — fond moments, personal anecdotes, and celebrations of her life and work.
While Her Majesty’s work covered a great spectrum of duties, she had a clear passion for care and philanthropy. Her Majesty has been linked with around 600 charities, including Cancer Research and Great Ormond Street to name just a few, and was reported to be one of the largest supporters of charity in the world. Throughout Her Majesty’s reign, she consistently demonstrated immense support for the NHS, famously demonstrating support for healthcare workers and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A prominent quote that has been resurfacing over recent days seems fitting on this occasion. Speaking in September 2001 after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Her Majesty remarked “Grief is the price we pay for love.”
We extend our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family, and all affected by this profound loss.
Editors note: We understand that many will have been affected by the death of The Queen and it may have brought up some difficult emotions. We would like to highlight that several charities are offering support. You can find more information here.