Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in U.K. history, is fit and fabulous as she approaches her 92nd birthday this April. Why, then, are people all around her preparing for her death? At first glance, it may seem insensitive and a bit morbid, but when you consider all that goes on when monarchs change, you may decide it is good sense for them to prepare.
For most of us, the thought of loved ones focusing on the day when we are no longer here could be taken as a slap in the face. But, since no one gets out of here alive, and the Queen is now enjoying her tenth decade of life, her loyal subjects must face the fact that she will not always be here. Since the vast majority of Commonwealth citizens have never known any other King or Queen, the idea seems almost anathema.
While we hope Queen Elizabeth enjoys many more years of great health (her own mother made it past her 101st birthday) it seems prudent to make all the arrangements for the smooth transfer of power from Elizabeth to her son, Charles.
It seems that whatever Queen Elizabeth is doing sure is working! Remaining active, caring for her beloved Corgis, and having family, including those precious grandchildren, around have all certainly contributed to her longevity.
Yes, The Queen has a lot to live for and it doesn't look as though she is going anywhere anytime soon. We applaud the effort to make whatever preparations are necessary to keep the monarchy alive and well, but we don't really want to hear about, or even think about, a world without the beloved Queen Elizabeth II.