A guest post by Ashley in Circulation
Yesterday, the world received the terrible news that the Queen had died. Now, obviously as Americans, we are not a country in mourning. It is still worth a look back on such a profound life.
Queen Elizabeth was a member of the Girl Guides, Britain’s version of the Girl Scouts. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.
She was also an auto mechanic in World War II. She enjoyed driving even into her 90s.
She was Britain’s longest reigning monarch having recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, an occasion marking 70 years of service to the people of Great Britain.
She was not meant for the monarchy at first, but when her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorced American socialite, Elizabeth’s father became King George V.
To many in the world, Queen Elizabeth II represented the concept of the monarchy. She was simply known as The Queen, and we all knew who that meant. Her life was spent in service to her people. While the monarchy may not hold the power it once did, she held space in our hearts. While we may have opinions on colonialism and the need for a monarchy in general, for now we put those things aside and we mourn a great woman who was never without a fantastic outfit or a corgi.
Here are some items from the library about or inspired by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II: