The British Monarchy Lives On!

Thursday 8th September 2022 is a date which will be recorded in world history forever.

It was the day that Queen Elizabeth died, aged 96, at her beloved Balmoral Castle, after reigning for more than 70 years.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 12 September 2022, King Charles paid tribute:

Through all the years of her reign, the Queen like so many generations of our family before her, found in the hills of this land and in the hearts of its people, a haven and a home. If I might paraphrase the words of the great Robert Burns, my dear mother was a friend of man, a friend of truth, a friend of age and guide of youth. Few hearts like hers, with virtue warmed, few heads with knowledge so informed. [1]

Journalist Emma Cowing quoted the Queen saying of Balmoral: "I think it has an atmosphere of its own. You just hibernate; but it's rather nice to hibernate for a bit when one lives such a very movable life."

She also quoted a Burns poem which had been left outside Balmoral:

Farewell to the mountains, high cover'd with snow,

farewell to the straths and green valleys below.

My heart's in the Highlands werev'r I go.

My heart's in the Highlands, farewell. [2]

So it seems right that she would die in what was believed to be her favourite home.

Perhaps that was a sign that the United Kingdom is precious. It is something that can't just be explained by the head, but it is also something that many of us feel in our hearts.


Indeed, in her last act, she left us a wonderful gift.