The Queen’s Lying in State

Her Majesty the Queen was with no doubt the mother of Britain. Her devotion, dedication and love throughout her 70-year reign were a constant. I never had the opportunity to meet the Queen in person. However, she was a woman I held close to my heart. Her Majesty kept us all connected and proud to be British. The passing away of Her Majesty has brought great sadness to the whole nation but also a sense of togetherness as we reflect on her great service to our country and indeed the Commonwealth.

As a way of honouring Her Majesty I, on behalf of Barr Beacon School, went to pay my respects to the late Queen lying in state. Despite the 14-hour queue and the cold evening, I can proudly say I am now a part of history. I will be able to say to generations to come that I was part of this Elizabethan era. This was an experience which I will forever hold close to my heart. The sense of community and togetherness throughout the 6-mile journey proved how the Queen had the capability to bring everyone together. This was an experience which I will never forget.

‘Thank you, Ma’am, for your endless service and selflessness to us all.’

Dilraaj

Deputy Head Boy

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