A life of service

Dear Editor,

Now that Queen Elizabeth II, monarch of the Commonwealth of Nations, is dead and gone to her reward, I find it very disturbing hearing and reading some of the comments being made by Bahamians and others around the world about her legacy.

The woman is not even buried yet but the uncomplimentary and gratuitous remarks have exposed our darker side.

The late queen was by fate thrust on the throne shortly after her father, King George VI, died unexpectedly, and her uncle, King Edward, abdicated to marry the love of his life, Wallis Simpson.

After his abdication, Edward was appointed governor of The Bahamas.

Upon ascending to the throne, Queen Elizabeth adopted a hectic and all inclusive schedule. She visited the countries within The Commonwealth of Nations on multiple occasions during her 70 year-reign.

She was a strong promoter of education, civil service and various causes of The Commonwealth, having served in the military in the UK.

She never hindered any nation from replacing her as head of state.

Barbados was the latest one and now, even in the short aftermath of her death, so-called republicans are demanding reparations for the fact that the British monarchy, long before Queen Elizabeth’s time, embraced slavery, if not actively, passively.

It must be kept in mind that she herself never owned a single slave. One of her known personal friends was the late great Nelson Mandela of South Africa.

Queen Elizabeth has worked with 15 British prime ministers during her reign.

Reparations are mere illusions, in my view; they will never materialize in this lifetime.

The Bahamas has more pressing issues and social concerns confronting us right now rather than “cussing” out the late queen and seeking pie-in-the-sky dreams.

Going forward, no doubt our prime minister, Philip “Brave” Davis, will lead a delegation to attend Her Majesty’s funeral.

Not only would it be right and proper but that event will, again, afford the prime minister to interact with world leaders and those from the Commonwealth of Nations.

Forging international high level connections is critical to the advancement, in all areas, of our wonderful nation, including education, military, scientific, cultural and, of course, the economy.

The queen is dead. Long live the king.

May her soul and those of the dearly departed rest in peace. The Lord giveth and The Lord taketh away.

Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.

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