Diamonds are hardest natural material known to man.
She has got some diamonds in her collection, but it is the other diamond that she attained by strength of character that is most important to her country — and her dominions.
Yes, The Diamond Jubilee is a Commonwealth’s best friend. For her Rock-of-Gibraltar Temperament gave her Commonwealth the stability, the measured patience, and the peace to prosper.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II has provided a stable, no nonsense, oversight to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations for sixty years. Solid to the core.
Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms, and head of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations. In her specific role as the monarch of the United Kingdom, one of her 16 realms, she is also Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
The one word that best describes Inspectors is superdependable. Whether at home or at work, Inspectors are extraordinarily persevering and dutiful, particularly when it comes to keeping an eye on the people and products they are responsible for. In their quiet way, Inspectors see to it that rules are followed, laws are respected, and standards are upheld.
Inspectors … are the true guardians of institutions. They are patient with their work and with the procedures within an institution, although not always with the unauthorized behavior of some people in that institution. Responsible to the core, Inspectors like it when people know their duties, follow the guidelines, and operate within the rules. [Please Understand Me II]
It was evident from the start that Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was a dutiful daughter.
On her 21st birthday, before she was Queen, she had decided to pledge to do her duty: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” She is a natural monarch for the modern age.
… the concerned and responsible SJ [Guardian], the Rock of Gibraltar standing watch over the established rules and traditions of society. [Please Understand Me II]
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, where the reigning monarch is largely a ceremonial position. Elizabeth has served that role well. Moreover, Elizabeth, having significant institutional memory, has served a valuable role as a consultant to her 12 Prime Ministers in those sixty years.
Elizabeth witnessed, over her life, the ongoing transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations. By the time of Elizabeth’s accession in 1952, her role as nominal head of multiple independent states was already established. Spanning 1953–54, the Queen and her husband embarked on a six-month around-the-world tour. She became the first reigning monarch of Australia and New Zealand to visit those nations. During the tour, crowds were immense; three-quarters of the population of Australia were estimated to have seen the Queen. Throughout her reign, Elizabeth has undertaken state visits to foreign countries, and tours of Commonwealth ones. She is the most widely travelled head of state in history. [Wikipedia]
It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained. — Elizabeth II