Celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth II

Celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth II

The Ancient cry …

The Queen is dead…
God save the King   - King Charles 111

A nation cries
There is a hush in the streets

Queen Elizabeth 11 HAS DIED
age 96 years
1926 – 2022

I am reminded of words of a song from Les Misérables ‘Empty Chairs and Empty Tables’

‘There’s a grief that can’t be spoken
A pain that goes on and on’

There’s a hush in England and all around the world as everyone contemplates a world without their beloved Monarch Queen Elizabeth 11

From the richness of the royal family to the lowly worker on the street, the grief is felt at home and around the world.

Her loved ones, her staff, the citizens in the street cry for their beloved Monarch, Queen Elizabeth the 11. They gather quietly in the streets, they lay bouquets of flowers, handwritten notes and cards, children offering a plush teddy bear, one child wanting to lay a Paddington Bear, another a soft toy, a Corgi.

The personal things that will affect her family and staff, the shock that her rooms are empty, her chair is vacant; they won’t see her walking the halls anymore.

Perhaps some may think they can still catch a glimpse of her and turn quickly and then remind themselves no, she’s not here anymore.

How does one lose that vision of someone who has been a constant in their lives all of their lives, someone they have loved, admired, served.

Our hearts go out to her family, all the riches, the pomp and ceremony they have lived with, all their royal privilege, does not shield them from this enormous loss in their lives.

The pressure they must feel, needing to show solidarity, strength of spirit for a nation, when they need time to grieve, to cry, to reminisce as a family.

The pressure in this grieving state of mind, as they need to be seen thinking of the mourners from royal staff to all the citizens of Britain who loved her as their Queen. Having to supply responses to world leaders that must be handled personally to allowing everyday Britons to express their sorrow and be involved in what is going on.

There is so much to talk about with the Queen. She was the Queen of an Empire, she was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was personable, everyone refers to her kindness, her tenacity in dealing with all matters, her dignity, her sense of humour.

Queen Elizabeth 11 was a lover of animals, her dogs and horses were a passion for her, she tended to many of them herself. She was still riding horses, until just a few years ago.

Ex Prime Minister Rudd, in an interview spoke about his visit, when he and his wife were having dinner with the Queen, his wife spoke up and said ‘can we see the dogs’ the Queen said ‘Oh the corgis?’ she pressed a button and corgis excitedly thronged into the dining room. Mrs Rudd remarked on one saying, ‘that one is quite different to the others’, the Queen responded by saying ‘Oh her mother was a complete trollop’

There was a brief article where she was sitting outside on a podium with officials obviously waiting for a military parade, with Boris Johnson, he was smiling and she smilingly said to him, ‘are we supposed to look like we are enjoying ourselves’, Boris responded ‘yes definitely’

Having her photograph taken with James Bond 007, she pointed to him and said ‘he’s the one that doesn’t smile’

Piers Morgan, spoke about his first meeting with her. Piers asked the Queen about her many garden parties. Piers asked her if she enjoyed the garden parties, the Queen replied ‘if you had 16,000 people treading all over your garden, how would that make you feel’. That great sense of humour always just under the surface.
People in general found Queen Elizabeth to be quite personable, always treating people with warmth and respect. People who were nervous at meeting her, often said they felt quite comfortable on leaving, she liked to make people feel at ease. Many articles have been written about her humorous quips, which helped make people feel at ease.

She was a hard worker, always displaying continuity and consistency. Her red box was always back on the secretary’s desk the next morning, even if she had to stay up late.

People referred to her as the mother of a Nation. Many of us can relate to how her family are feeling, mothers most often are the pivot, the centre of the family strength. Queen Elizabeth through all challenges and changes, remained stoic. Perhaps you have heard people say, her policy was ‘never complain, never explain’. She remained dignified in all circumstances.

After Prince Phillip died, one can only imagine the loss she felt, he was beside her through her reign as her husband and consort. Queen Elizabeth after his death, was said to express, that it was not just about her, she knew so many were experiencing and feeling the loss.

Queen Elizabeth was the longest serving Monarch in the world, besides a French King, who was appointed at the age of 4 years. She served and ruled for 70 years.

She kept her promise to serve her people. The day before she died, she accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson, and swore in the new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

There is so much to celebrate about her life. One commentator said she personified history.

King Charles in his speech to the Commonwealth and the world, expressed a heartfelt debt to the Queen, his mother, saying she was an example and inspiration all her life. He referred to her first speech as Queen, repeating her promise, whether her life be short or long, she pledged to devote her life to the service of the people. King Charles 111 went on to say that was more than a promise, it was a profound personal commitment which defined her whole life. She never wavered. Her values remained constant in the face of all the changes and challenges through the years.

King Charles’ 111 speech was sincere, he spoke professionally and lovingly about his mother’s love and duty to her people. He looked exhausted and sorrowful, saying that he and the royal family promised to uphold the constitutional principles at the heart of their nation. He acknowledged that it’s not just his or his family’s grief but grief for all those who loved and revered his mother, Queen Elizabeth 11

He closed with

‘may flights of angels sing you to your rest’

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My family and friends were very happy with every aspect of the preparation and celebration of the end of my wife. When I knew the end was near I spoke to Yvonne who explained to me what would happen and this was done with delicacy and tact. When the end came Yvonne came to our house and explained every aspect of what would happen. We explained what we wanted for Margaret's farewell and nothing was too much trouble for Yvonne to explain or discuss. On the day of the funeral everything went like clockwork and all my relatives and friends told me how impressed they were. So thank you to Yvonne for being celebrant and MC at the farewell and thank you to all the Lady Anne team. If I were asked to score the service my family received  it would be ten out of ten.
Dick Hodge
I would like to thank you and the whole team at Lady Anne Funerals for making mums funeral the perfect goodbye. The funeral was everything and so much more than mum wanted. Nothing seemed to be too hard and that made my time far simpler than i had expected. 
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I want to send a heartfelt 'thank you’ to you both, and your team, for your compassion and your assistance in taking meticulous care of Dad and arranging such a beautiful end of life service for him. Within a matter of only a few days, which included a weekend, you were able to organise the perfect service tailored to our requests.

Not only did you organise the attendance of the RSL representative, you also went to considerable trouble to download the music and videos we had chosen, in a format that could be utilised in the service.We greatly appreciated your guidance too with organising the order of service and arranging a printed copy of the tributes for one of our friends who was deaf.

Thank you Yvonne for doing a magnificent job as the celebrant. We greatly appreciated you reading our tributes to Maurie on the family’s behalf. Thank you too for reading the poem, 'The Dash’ so beautifully.

It was comforting for our family and friends to come together in a more intimate setting, which your chapel provides. The light refreshments, which followed the service, were ideal, allowing the family to stay on and share their memories.

Dad quite often had high expectations of the way things should be done, bless him, so I was particularly mindful of doing him proud with this last expression of our love for him and a tribute to his long and meaningful life. We achieved this, with your help, and I know he would have been deeply touched and honoured. Thank you for you for all you did.


"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your amazing team. I couldn’t have asked for things to go any better. Everything was perfect. And your ladies were beautiful. Your Yvonne is amazing. She is patient, compassionate, caring and delivers perfection in all the elements of the proceedings. She has been an absolute Gem.

Once again thank you so very much. I would highly recommend anyone to use your company if they want a perfect funeral service. 5 star service. 5 star outcome.

There were multiple compliments on the service, on your ladies and on the care from the attendees. I’m more than happy for you to post this on any media platform as a compliment and tribute to your company.

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Anne Leslie
“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

We value your candour as the people you are and the very sensitive manner in which you conducted the service.

Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Pastore Family
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
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Joanne Marks
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Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
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