Updated: Sep 16
When someone passes away, they leave a legacy. In the case of the Queen of England, she left behind a beautiful one. Sponsor to over 600 charities, the woman was a fierce advocate for human rights, supporting those less fortunate, and a general proponent of human kindness.
Many of us have become aware of her incredible career through the hit 21 Emmy Award winning Netflix series “The Crown”. If you have not seen it, here is a brief recap. Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, in London England’s Tony Berkeley Square. On Feb. 6, 1952, her father, George VI died in his sleep in the palace in England. The Queen was shortly after crowned the Queen of England. The Queen ruled England for 70 years which is the longest any monarch has ever ruled. She saw 14 prime ministers including Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson, and as of Tuesday, Liz Cruz.
Prime minister Liz Cruz says, “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built,” Truss said in an address just outside Downing St. “Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. It is a day of great loss, but Queen Elizabeth II leaves a great legacy.”
Queen Elizabeth was an advocate and benefactor to many charities. In particular, she gave to many organizations that support the blind and partially blind like RNIB. She was also a large benefactor to humanitarian charities and believed in helping people that were suffering from disasters worldwide. She gave to charities that provide practical, emotional, and financial support for vulnerable families like Family Action. These charities are only a few of the hundreds that she supported.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) released research that pronounce Queen Elizabeth II as one of the world's greatest supporters of charities. Collectively she has helped many organizations, raising, and donating over 1.5 billion.
The chief executive at CAF, John Low, remarks on the research "We want to promote a culture where supporting charities by giving time or money is the norm. The Queen's work for charities of all types is an example to all of us."
The Queen is certainly a charitable inspiration. As her mortal body leaves us, we are left with a lifetime of charitable deeds that will live on in the lives of those she helped. The young girl who received glasses because she donated to RNIB, the family that could put food on the table because of her generosity given to Family Action, and many many more.
Witnessing such an incredible life and its beautiful legacy we are drawn inward to reflect on our own lives. As time marches on it is easy to get caught up with the day-to-day tasks and never think about where we are going. We think, " Oh yeah, I will do that thing I have always wanted to do tomorrow”, whether it is starting a new venture in business, starting a family, or doing a good deed like donating to charity, we tend to procrastinate. Don’t wait till tomorrow to leave a legacy, do it today, do it now, because tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.