I was born in 1950. There was a King on the throne, George Vl, the father of a monarch who served us well for 70 years, though my personal memory does not include the King.
When in 1947, as a young woman of 21, the then Princess Elizabeth said, "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 meant it and she carried out her promise with great dignity, until the day she died.
We can all say well she had a privileged life, but the reality of it is she was like a bird in a gilded cage. It was impossible to escape even if she wanted to.
I am not a great royalist but even I can see greatness, and now all our lives have changed, we will all be the better for her greatness and dignity, which she displayed at all times.