October Jottings


Queen Elizabeth II

1926 – 2022

“To many of us our beliefs are of fundamental importance.  For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life.  I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” (2000)


Ansley St Laurence church was open each day following the announcement o  the Queen’s death to the day after her funeral, for people to have a quiet space to reflect, to pray and, if wished, to write in the Condolence Book provided.  Over 60 names were recorded.

There is not space for every tribute but those included below give a clear picture of the respect, gratitude and love that her people felt for their Queen.

“A remarkable woman who led by example.”

“An inspiration!”

“Thank you for your tremendous service.”

“You served tirelessly and will always be remembered.”

“Thank you for your faith in God.”

“Thank you Ma’am, for everything.”

“R. I. P. Your Majesty.  Thank you for your glorious reign.  Now reunited with your beloved Philip.”

“I never had the privilege to meet with you or even see you in person but thank you for your service and dedication.”

“My thoughts are with your family at this sad time.  Thank you for everything you have done and achieved for our country.”

“A sincere ‘Thank you’ to Elizabeth II for being a steadfast monarch whilst continuing to demonstrate the immense importance of family.”

“I would like to pay tribute to everyone who runs this church – it’s lovely.  Also I would like to pay my condolences to our Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  God rest her.”

“I would like to say thank you to Her Majesty the Queen for many years of loyal service.  I have fond memories of when she came to Nuneaton to open the new part of George Eliot Hospital and to visit Higham Lane School.  I also have many childhood memories of the Queen.”

“We would like to wish you peace and heavenly hugs with your blessed husband, together forever.  Our thoughts and strength to your family and our nations.”

“You kept your promise to us all right to the end.  Thank you and God bless.”

“Your work is done.  Time to take your rest.  Rest in eternal peace, our Queen, Your Royal Highness.  God bless you.”

“Rest in peace Your Majesty.  I will miss your vibrant, beautiful hats. Good night.  God bless.”

“Wonderful Queen.  A superb reign.  We honour you and say thank you.  R. I .P.  God bless.

“You were a great Queen.  You honoured your pledge made many years ago to rule with honour and dedication.  I feel honoured to have lived during your reign.  R. I. P.”

“Rest in peace dear Queen.  You leave a legacy behind you.  You were inspirational and a constant in my life.  God bless you.”

“Our dear, lovely Queen.  Thank you for country well.  Always smiling and looking lovely.  R. I. P.”

“To our beautiful Queen.  Thank you from my heart for all you have done.  What a kind gracious lady.  Bless you forever and thank you. R.I.P.”

“To Her Majesty our Queen.  Thank you for seventy years serving our country.  Strong, independent leader, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.  God bless you.  Rest in peace with your beloved Philip.”

“Queen Elizabeth II, we will all miss you so much.  Your wonderful smile, beautiful outfits, impartial guidance and a much loved mom, nan, great nan and a credit to us all.  You’re with your favourite man, Philip.  R.I.P.”

“Dear Queen Elizabeth, we didn’t know how much you meant to us until you passed.  Now we are heart-broken and lost. You have done your duty for your country and made us proud.  Now it is your turn.  Go to your Philip, the love of your life, rest and be happy.  Rest easy as your son, now King Charles III will do you proud.”

“Thank you for your loyalty, service and love.  Our nation will remember you and continue under the care of your family.”

“Pleased to have served you.  Stand easy Boss.  Duty done.”

“Farewell to a beautiful lady.”