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Thank You, Ma’am: A Personal Letter to the Queen

September 11, 2022 | by Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt

I am deeply grateful that you were queen during my lifetime.

Thank you, Ma’am

With all of my heart, thank you, Ma’am, for being one of the “little princesses” who lifted our nation in its darkest hour

Thank you, Ma’am, for your first public speech during the Blitz to encourage frightened children around you. Putting your people before yourself, even at age 14.

Thank you, Ma’am, for leading the way by volunteering for civilian duties during the war.

Thank you, Ma’am, for devoting your entire life to the service of “our great imperial family” when you were only 21.

Thank you, Ma’am, for keeping that promise fully, wholeheartedly and with a deep sense of love.

Thank you, Ma’am, for putting aside your personal grief, when your father passed away, and focusing instead on the needs of your country.

Thank you, Ma’am, for taking on the full burden of leadership at the young age of 25. Your life was ahead of you – but you put it behind you and chose your nation instead.

Thank you, Ma’am, for travelling the world numerous times in service of that nation.

Thank you, Ma’am, for not neglecting your family, but nevertheless, always putting us first.

Thank you, Ma’am, for representing us, your nation, so capably, so ably and with such skill, diplomacy and tenacity for seventy years.

Thank you, Ma’am, for being a queen that made us so proud.

Thank you, Ma’am, for being the magnet that drew hundreds of millions of tourists to our country.

Thank you, Ma’am, for appointing your last Prime Minister, your final duty, only two days before you passed away. You could not have been well. But who would have known?

Thank you, Ma’am, for seeing yourself as our servant, rather than we as yours.

Thank you, Ma’am, for 70 years of service as our monarch.

Thank you, Ma’am, for 70 years of stability and prosperity.

Thank you, Ma’am, for seventy years of being a role model of faith in God, love for humanity, duty, optimism and propriety.

Thank you, Ma’am, for the brave face that you have always worn for us, even in your darkest of personal times.

Thank you, Ma’am, for your unswerving and unequivocal support for 15, yes 15, Prime Ministers.

Thank you, Ma’am, for being the rock upon which our country has built a modern world for itself.

Thank you, Ma’am, for leaving our county so much better off than when you began.

Thank you, Ma’am, for being the only queen that I have ever known. A queen to admire. A queen to love. A queen to respect. A queen to miss and mourn for. A queen to leave an empty space in my heart now that you are gone

Thank you, Ma’am, for your dignity, your humility, your love.

Thank you, Ma’am, for your life of unequivocal service to our nation.

My life, and the life of your 67 million subjects, has been infinitely better because of your service. And I am deeply grateful that you were queen during my lifetime.

With all of my heart,
Shaul Rosenblatt




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