Eye contact and The Queen

Long live the King

A promise made. A promise kept.

So we all know by now that the Queen of England has died,

She was a bigger part of my life than most young folk.

My mom was a war bride (and there is a whole other story there). What I remember, when I was about 5 or 6, is that my GrandmainScotland (Yes all one word) would send newspapers from Scotland regularly.

At the age of 5 I would look at the pictures in those newspapers (course) and remember seeing pictures of the royal children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles.

What struck me as odd, at that tender age is that they wore rather ordinary clothes. I fully expected them to be in gowns and crowns. Well, certainly Anne in gowns.

Of course that did not stop my imagination. I was pleased to see he was about my age. And I came to believe that he would be the Prince I would someday marry.

Alright, we know that didn’t happen.

There was however a time when the Queen, Phillip, and myself came in close contact. Oh, and my baby who was about just over a year old.

I was out walking said babe through Preston park and noticed a crowd gathering. Curiosity drew me in.

We were front row centre. It was a small town(ish) and I was surprised the queen and entourage would stop there, however, Preston, Galt, and Hespeler had just merged into the city of Cambridge.

Anyway, the queen stood just in front of me with her Prince and spoke to the small crowd that had gathered.

Immediate impression –she had the most beautiful complexion I have ever seen. And she was so petite. And Phillip and I made direct eye contact and it took my breath away. He had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen.

This was the scene at Riverside Park Preston in 1973. The photographer missed me and my son by inches.

There is lots that is being said right now. But personal memories are the best.

Chris G September 8 ‘22

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

18 thoughts on “Eye contact and The Queen”

  1. The tributes bring tears. The fact that she represented continuity and stability are enviable and admirable traits in today’s topsy-turvy world. It is so nice you have a personal memory! I have a photo of her waving from her car once when we were visiting. I was amazed I could get so close!

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  2. On that same trip to Canada the Queen cut the ribbon to open the New Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and we student (soon to be graduating) nurses from Nightingale School of Nursing formed the honour guard.

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  3. Oh so many thoughts of the young Princess Elizabeth arriving home with her Greek prince to become the Queen . Memories of seeing her many times in the years between then and now, and always being amazed at her will to interact with th common people. We talked earlier about Grace and I think this word sums up the Queen beautifully. Thanks for sharing your personal memory with us.

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