This is the picture of HM that hung in my office when I took command of the Air Cadet Squadron. When a more up to date, official portrait arrived, it was taken down and tucked between my desk and wall where it sat for 6 years.
When Covid ended and we returned to the Armoury, I retrieved it from where it lay and took this old picture of a young Queen home where she keeps me company..
This is how I'll always remember her.
She was on the stamp when I sent a letter.
She was "heads" in every childhood coin toss.
Her picture was in every school hallway throughout my youth.
To her I gave an Oath and from her I received a Commission.
I wear her crown on cap badge and rank pips.
She provided several generations with an unparalleled example of selfless duty and a steady symbol in a tumultuous time. She was always there, constant and unswerving. Her passing is the end of an era.
I'm going to miss her.