Prince William hails the Queen for her sense of family and life of service 66



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Prince William has written the preface of a new book that is being published this month in celebration of his Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s life.  And his is an intimate praise of the woman who will be the longest serving member of the British Monarchy on September 9 2015.

His comments, which have been published as the foreword in Elizabeth II: The Steadfast, a biography written Lord Hurd are immensely warm and complimentary of the woman who is both leader and matriarch to him.

“Over the last ninety years, the world has changed more rapidly than at any time in history.  When my grandmother the Queen was born in 1926, the wounds of the Great War were still healing, but few would imagine how soon they would be reopened.  The confidence of the previous century had morphed into uncertaintyand many worried – as they still do – about the challenge presented to our communities by rapid technological and social change.

After almost ninety years, we find ourselves in a world that has changed dramatically, almost beyond recognition to the world that The Queen was born into but where the role of charity, family, duty and compassion perseveres.  I think I speak for my generation when I say that the example and continuity provided by The Queen is not only very rare among leaders but a great source of pride and reassurance.  Time and again, quietly and mosedtly, The Queen has shown us all that we can confidently embrace the future without compromising the things that are important.

From a personal point of view I am privileged to witness the private side of The Queen, as a grandmother and great-grandmother.  The Queens’a kindness and sense of humour, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand.  I should add that no mention of The Queen is complete without paying tribute to my grandfather Prince Philip, who has devoted his life to supporting her.

All of us who will inherit the legacy of my grandmother’s reign and generation need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story.  Speaking for myself, I am privileged to have The Queen as a model for the life of service to the public.”

The book is being published on August 27th by Penguin.  It is a part of what is expected to be a high profile period in the lead up to her celebration of longest reigning monarch on September 9th.

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  1. He is a wonderful person his mother Princess Dianna would have been so proud of him. Dianna definitely taught the boys the right path to follow, they are both beautiful men and they care for people

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  2. A credit to his mother and his father. A great job of parenting under very difficult circumstances.

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    • Yes I agree. Charles and Diana did an incredible job of raising their two sons. Whether William seems more of King than Harry is debatable as both have had good educations and seen military service. Of course they only had Prince Charles during their teenage years as sadly Diana had died after her ill conceived trip with Dodi to Paris. Both Princes have also spoken fondly of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who also would have known royal protocol and duty to the Queen and how important it was for her to support Prince Charles in the raising of his sons. All in all everything appears to be working out very well. Don’t forget Prince William has a very well educated wife in Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. They appear to be very happy with their own little family.

    • Absolutely agree , but I don’t understand how they
      Got passed what the queen / grandmother and Camilla did to their mother . Their treatment of Dianna was appalling . How do you forget that ! How do you suggest the queen is a family woman . She never showed any emotion towards her children , treated both daughter in laws with contempt, and now professes to be a wonderful sensitive mother and grandmother .
      Her actions towards Diana were pretty low . I want to know what she did to command so much respect by her grandsons ! Or is it just their duty and she is queen of England . After all , how long did it take her to meet her 2nd great grandchild after birth 2 – 3 weeks , hummm

    • and you know ALL this how? because you have to read it from the biased press? you just can’t imagine that they do anything without arranging a photo shoot first, can you, just because that was what Dianna did you haven’t noticed the rest of the family don’t crave publicity as she did? “come in the gullible” They are all a close family. Diana was NO saint & mentally imbalanced as time exposed, the Queen did not approve of ALL the stallions in her stable why should she have? knowing her grandchildren were having to wake up to a different one in their mothers bed, when she was still married to their father. at least Charles was discreet & didn’t rub their noses in it when they were at their most impressionable ages. Would anyone have known about Charles & Camilla had Dianna not held a bloody press conference? please don’t insult the intelligence of those who lived with her. don’t you think her offspring & friends are capable of forming their own moral opinion of her, they were the ones who saw what went on 24/7 behind the closed doors, away from press conferences & interviews, away from those who have a grudge to bare, which 2nd great grandchild are you referring to? the ones who left hospital within 24hrs because of the security risk, & had to remain isolated for 10 days so their immune system wouldn’t be compromised. the ones who the Queen snuck through the back door or side gate to visit?

  3. Oh, here we go again ! Everyone saying how proud Diana would be …. get over it. She’s been long gone and who is to say that she would have had a part in their adult life …. she probably would have re-married, had another family and lived in another country !

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    • She’d probably be Mrs Trump now. He’s the only person with enough money for her to throw around…..hahaha

    • And what leave her boys, that’s not Diana, she would never do such a thing to her boys,… Loved them to much.

    • Why would you even think that? I’m a mum who remarried but would never abandon my child and, with the amount of love and devotion she showed hers during the times she shared with her boys, I can see no reason why this would even be a possibility. Unless a person actually knows someone first hand, their main basis for perceptive of them is that provided by the media and gossip. magazines.

    • What’s your problem Victoria? Of course she would have been proud of her boys…..duh. You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not have observed how much she loved them. You also seem to know a lot about what Diana may have done all fabricated out of your own head. You have no idea what she would have done.

  4. Not a royalist but she has done quite a job. And Williams seems to be preparing to fill big boots.

  5. I often don’t look at posts I think I won’t like, or just read and ignore.
    Personally I love the Royals , but I accept that most don’t. I don’t think this post was in my face ….

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