In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ravaged through Oklahoma, USA, Her Majesty the Queen sent a message of condolence to President Barack Obama.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused by yesterday’s tornado in Oklahoma. Prince Philip joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected, as well as the American people.” Elizabeth R
Throughout the Queen’s sixty year reign, she has seen and experienced her share of natural disasters, both in and outside of her realm.
Queen Elizabeth has handled each situation how she felt it needed to be handled. From the deaths of former Prime Ministers and members of her own family, the fire at Windsor Castle, 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombings, the Oklahoma tornado, and countless other tragedies, the Queen has been a pillar of strength, courage, and comfort.
When most people think about Her Majesty the Queen, comforter probably isn’t the word that comes to mind first. It takes reflection to determine just how comforting the Queen truly has become. After her father’s death, it was her responsibility to comfort a grieving nation while she was grieving herself. The death of Diana, Princess of Wales was another example of her comforting spirit. Although she was highly criticized for her actions (or lack thereof) after Diana’s death, she helped comfort a grieving nation once she spoke to them. Her calm demeanor and the fact that she spoke “as a grandmother,” allowed the public to see her comforting side. Even across the pond in the United States of America, Queen Elizabeth is a comforter. As an American, it is always comforting to receive condolences from world leaders and Her Majesty is always one of the first to send hers. This has never rung truer than during the recent tragedies in Boston and now Oklahoma.
Her Majesty the Queen, in my opinion, has truly become Queen Elizabeth the Comforter. She has a supernatural ability to calm her people in a way that no one else can. This is one of the many reasons she has had such a successful sixty year reign.
Please join me in sending all your thoughts/prayers/good wishes to the people affected by this horrendous tornado.