Monday, 6 February 2012
Today 6th February it is 60 years since the death of George VI and on that day it was The King is dead long live The Queen.
I have never met The Queen, though I have sworn allegiance to her and was proud to do so when I was a young man on joining the military. I find it incredible that all these years later in a very changed world there has been one constant as an example of duty and service.
By some very odd chance today I visited the church of St Peter in Rawdon, not for the first time but I looked around the interior. I say odd because there is a very modern stained glass window in honour of the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II back in 2002.
The sunlight was almost behind the window when I took the above photo, this is not ideal I think, hence the wire mesh behind the window. I have cropped the image to show the main detail the motto of the Order of the Garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense" this being a French phrase meaning: "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it" surrounding the shield of the royal coat of arms. Under this in a scroll is Dieu et mon droit, this being the motto of the British Monarch.
The other window of the pair reads: AD 2002 The Golden Jubilee year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.