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Queen Elizabeth II, a lifetime of service


Seventy 5 years in the past a younger Princess Elizabeth visited South Africa and Southern Rhodesia along with her father King George VI, her mom Queen Elizabeth I, and her sister Princess Margaret.

It was 1947 and the event was a British Royal Tour and “organized as a ‘thanks’ to the individuals of southern Africa for his or her assist in the course of the Second World Struggle” (Peter Roberts, 2017: Footsteps By Time: A Historical past of Journey and Tourism to the Victoria Falls).

Princess Elizabeth turned 21 throughout that tour and on a radio broadcast to mark the event she spoke about two phrases which might develop into her life’s work and her legacy to the world. These phrases have been “I serve” and so they proceed to be phrases we ask for, search for and count on from the women and men who’re and wish to be our leaders.


An extract from that speech 75 years in the past:

“As I converse to you as we speak from Cape City I’m six thousand miles from the nation the place I used to be born. However I’m actually not six thousand miles from dwelling.

“In all places I’ve travelled in these pretty lands of South Africa and Rhodesia my mother and father, my sister and I’ve been taken to the guts of their individuals and made to really feel that we’re simply as a lot at dwelling right here as if we had lived amongst all of them our lives.

“There’s a motto which has been borne by a lot of my ancestors – a noble motto, ‘I serve’.

I declare earlier than you all that my complete life whether or not or not it’s lengthy or quick shall be dedicated to your service and the service of our nice imperial household to which all of us belong.”

Six years later Princess Elizabeth grew to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in a radio broadcast to mark her coronation in 1953, she stated: “After I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our individuals and I requested for God’s assist to make good that vow. Though that vow was made in my salad days, after I was inexperienced in judgement, I don’t remorse nor retract one phrase of it.”

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited our nation once more on a Royal Go to for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Authorities assembly in 1991 in Harare.

Talking at a state banquet hosted in her honour by [former] president [the late Robert] Mugabe, she stated: “Modern historical past is displaying us every day that good authorities and equality of alternative can overcome variations of race, tradition or faith.”

At the moment South Africa was nearing the tip of apartheid and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II stated: “I pray that the method of optimistic change in South Africa could also be efficiently continued. Heads of presidency in Harare will definitely do their finest, I’m certain, to offer it each encouragement.”

Regardless of the determined scenario Zimbabwe now finds itself in, a rustic riddled with corruption, greed and self-enrichment, the phrases of Princess Elizabeth in 1947 stay as true as they ever have been.

The lands are nonetheless pretty and the individuals nonetheless have and present a loving coronary heart to all they meet.

I be part of the world in mourning the dying of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her lifetime of service an instance to us all.



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