GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12736 posts, RR: 79 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
The Queen Mother's last public appearance was in November, when she went to the re-commissioning of the carrier HMS Ark Royal, after being helicoptered aboard she spent several hours chatting to the crew.
But clearly very frail even then.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1462 times:
May she rest in peace.
She was an inspiration to many people during the dark days of The Blitz during WW II for not fleeing London.
And 777236ER, you're the same one who tells us to have sympathy for Palestinians when they die, yet you can't have the simple grace to let a gracious old woman die without your assinine comment. You're such a loser.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1429 times:
Isn't it rather amazing that we have to argue and critisize each other over something like this. Whether you did or did not like the Queen Mother or any of the rest of the royal family, she was still someone to be respected. She tried to lead by example when London was being bombed by the Nazis, she kept her head held high and dignified. Something not many people do much of today. Yes, she was a frail old woman that had outlived so much, but why make such undignified comments? No matter how you feel personally, she was someone's mother. Think how you may feel if some of these things were being said of your mom. Why can we not at least be civil and wish her peace? I know that I do. May she rest in peace with our Lord.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16004 posts, RR: 59 Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1424 times:
The QM was a living icon of one of the most enduring institutions in the world: British royalty; an institution instrumental in bringing democracy and rule of law to much of the world.
Whatever your opinion of the QM or royalty in general, the mere fact that you're conversing here on Anet in English is testimony to the powerful influence of that small island nation over our respective histories. British royalty & traditions brought prosperity to the early days of the US, Canada, Australia etc to which many subsequent non-Brits emigrated and flourished.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Toady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1415 times:
KROC: You're right; her death is no sadder than anyone else's.
I don't mean to bash you, or to imply that you're ill-informed or ignorant but for many people, her passing has a poignancy that surpasses that of others'.
I am unashamedly a Royalist - not for any sentimental attachment to the individual members of the Royal Family - but for what the institution of the Monarchy means to my country.
I hope people here will understand that Britain has today lost part of its history.
I also hope that we'll not see any immature or mocking postings.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1396 times:
777236ER-If I offended you, I do apologize profusley. It was not my intention. I simply meant it as a respect to someones' passing, nothing else. Like I did say, I would not degrade your mom nor anyone elses'. At the very least I think she deserves that, can we at least agree there?
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1373 times:
It probably doesn't help anyone, but don't we have many, many topics that don't help, not are they supposed to help in the first place? So many of the discussions here are really inane, but we all(I use that definition loosely) keep coming back for more. I have felt sorrow when any group of people have suffered and it got mentioned here. Whether they were Americans, Brits, Jews, Muslims, Palestinians, or anybody else. No, I can't help in any way except to convey my words and if in some miniscule way it does help one person, all the better. If not, then I feel better for trying.
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1350 times:
777236ER, maybe you're just not old enough to appreciate what the Queen Mum has done for her own country. There's a reason why she's so highly respected. Her subjects looked up to her in their darkest hour and she did not desert or disappoint them. She stood her guard, looked a falling bomb straight in the eye, and still managed to attend to the sick and dying. It's quite easy for you to make fun at her expense, but many Britons remember what they had to go through, and how much she meant to them. In my opinion, she was more a queen than her own daughter, who to this day will not shake her subjects' hands without gloves.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4839 posts, RR: 20 Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1331 times:
It must have been a really great experience to see 100 years of the life on this planet. The first 50 sad years full of war, and then 50 years full of peace in europe, and the growing european community.