H.M. Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Today, we mourn the passing of our extraordinary sovereign. While it is a deep, private loss for the entire Royal Family, all our thoughts are with them at this time, and we mourn alongside them. The nation has come together to share in their grief at this terrible time.

We will always treasure H.M. Queen Elizabeth II’s life of service and devotion to our nation and the Commonwealth – and, while she was our longest-serving monarch, she was also the greatest of them all in bringing the people together. She stood for the best interests of the nation, and served it with every fibre of her being. The Britain she knew and loved changed remarkably during her reign – from the jet-driven aspiration of the 1950s to the digitisation of the 21st century – but her dedication was unwavering.

The second Elizabethan age has now drawn to a close, and we should all honour her memory by conducting ourselves with the same decency that she embodied throughout her life for the country she loved so much.

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II – our Queen – secured a great legacy, and we shall honour and treasure that.

God save the King.

Keith Adams, Mike Humble, Alexander Boucke, Clive Goldthorp and the entire AROnline team

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21 Comments

  1. She will be much missed- and she was a motoring enthusiast, one of us. Trained as a mechanic and driver during WW2 she knew her way around vehicles and loved driving herself, even if confined to the royal estates. She once received a specially made one-off Landrover 110 with an automatic transmission, but sent it back to be converted to a five speed manual. That surely describes a driving enthusiast. We will not see her like again.

  2. May her Majesty rest in peace. I know her passing is a sad event, but I am sure she is happy on the |Other Side to be with Prince Philip, her parents, her sister, etc. It is the end of an era and I worry a bit about the future of the monarchy.

  3. I saw her twice in person. The first time was when, as Princess Elizabeth, she opened the Devon & Exeter Show. With the rest of the school party, I stood at the edge of the roped off area and watched as she was driven around the arena in an open top Land-Rover – it would have been in the very early 1950s. The second time was when she and Prince Philip visited New Zealand in 1977. With little chance of getting to see them in Auckland because of the large crowds, I began hitching rides to the rural show they were opening the same day. I was standing by the roadside out in the country when their motorcade passed a few feet from me. I reached the show in time to see them performing their respective duties.

    My grandparents saw five different monarchs on the throne, my mother four; and I shall probably see three. And I have not forgotten the Queen’s Birthday Parades while I was a regular soldier. My mother too was an army driver in WWII.

    Having been brought up in the last years of the Empire – and all it meant to a young boy – and having travelled through many Empire/Commonwealth countries, plus working in some of them, I have sensed the Queen’s presence when in them. I recall when I lived in Lesotho visiting a typical village hut, and seeing a photograph of her and Prince Philip in a place of honour on the wall. She meant a lot to many people.

  4. Amazing how remembrance brings back places and people.
    The only time I saw Her Majesty in person was when she was driven through Ward End, Birmingham in the mid 1950s.
    I believe on her way to the British Industries Fair in Castle Bromwich located close to the corrent Jaguar works and adjacent to the former RAF Station.
    RIP the end of an Era

  5. I saw her twice. At Carlisle Station in May 1974 when she came to celebrate completion of West Coast Mainline Electrification between Crewe and Glasgow, then in November 1998 whilst on holiday in Paris during the 80th anniversary of the armistice. A Jaguar rolled up in the middle of the parade on the Champs Elyse and the Queen got out. We hadnt expected that to happen.

  6. Earliest memory of living in London – standing with my parents at the roadside waving to the queen on her coronation as the procession passed. I was four.
    Seeing the film of her with the PM two days before passing on – what a wonderful woman – a life of serving others.

  7. Thank you to the AROnline team for their OpEd. You have encompassed the thoughts of many of your readers.
    It is a fitting obituary to an extraordinary lady who has been an ever presence in our lives these last 70 years. RIP Ma’am you have been a truly wonderful Monarch who has given so much to your country, its people and those of the Commonwealth.

  8. I only saw the Queen once – at the opening of the new Forum building at the university I was doing my Masters at in 2012. The atmosphere was electric and it felt a real privilege to see her turn up in her Bentley and visit our university.

    One of the many things I have admired about Her Majesty the Queen is her unswerving devotion to our motor industry and the vehicles she chose to drive or be seen in. The tastes of the buying British public might have changed over the years where they have not shown this same level of commitment or loyalty, but whether it was a functional Vauxhall estate, a stately looking Rover P5B or an ageing Land Rover with muddy wheels and fading paintwork, the Queen in a dignified way supported our products and the jobs that went into designing, engineering and building them. The price and benefit of that indirect ‘endorsement’ you could never put a price on (and it would crass to even consider this), but it helped to show that supporting one’s own manufacturing industry spoke higher than fads or fashions.

    Her Majesty has been a wonderful leader for this country and continued to be true to the values of the Royal Family and the country in general. In equal measures Her Majesty has brought us together in both moments of crisis and when there is cause for celebration. The passing of Her Majesty the Queen signifies the end of a wonderful era although her legacy will live on through us.

  9. Well said Keith & team… I concur with your words. She said she would serve as our Queen her entire life – and so she did.

    I seem to remember she used to drive a Vauxhall Cresta PA Estate car at Sandringham in the 1960s (?)

  10. It was a big shock when I heard the news, I was reading an AR Online article when I was called downstairs and told the terrible news on Thursday night. I’m 54 now, so obviously have no concept of anyone else as the monarch, and it will be odd to adjust to having a king after knowing only the Queen. She will be missed as she did a lot for our country and remained very popular right to the end.

  11. Interesting to reflect on the fact that Austin and Nuffield merged in the year that Elizabeth became monarch. During her reign, Lanchester, Alvis, Standard, Riley, Singer, Sunbeam, Wolseley, Morris, Triumph, Austin, Rover (and no doubt many I’ve missed) have gone.

    • @ Richard Butt, don’t forget Armstrong Siddeley, who made cars that were nearly as exclusive as a Rolls Royce and popular with wealthy car buyers in the 1950s. The company sadly pulled out of car manufacture in 1960 to concentrate on their aerospace business.

      • Armstrong Siddeley were bought up by Bristol, in turn who sold their sold their aircraft engine operations to Rolls Royce.

        It seems a lot of the established upmarket car manufacturers seemed to struggle around this time, as trends changed & as older customers died off & younger ones preferred other brands.

        • @Richardpd at that time the luxury market could not stay longer on old chassis, old limos, who could still afford a driver ? Look at Mercedes how they replaced their beloved Adenauer with the W112 and 109 ? Look at Jaguar’s MARK 10, Rover’s P5, Humber Super-Snipe. BMW nearly died with their 502 even though remotorized with a fine V8, not speaking about Daimler !

  12. Another mundane car she owned was a Mk3 Ford Zephyr, not sure if it was for driving around an estate or for incognito journeys.

    Prince Philip had a black cab for anonymous transport in London, I’m not sure if he actually drove if himself.

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