(PresidentialWire.com)- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has had a difficult year. From her son, Prince Andrew, settling a lawsuit with Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre to contracting COVID-19, the 95-year-old Monarch would be forgiven for finally stepping down and enjoying her final years in retirement.
But the Queen once again reaffirmed her commitment to continuing serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, telling the world that her life will “always be devoted in service.”
It’s a promise that the Queen made when she was just 21 years old, and once she reiterated only a month before she turns 96.
Following the Queen’s COVID-19 diagnosis, it was revealed that she would not attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London earlier this month. It’s a big event for the royal calendar and something that the Queen always attends. It celebrates the Commonwealth partnership between the United Kingdom and 53 other states, most of which were former member nations of the British Empire.
This year, the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70th year on the throne.
“In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service,@ she said.
The Queen added that she finds it rewarding to observe a “modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth” that combines a wealth of history and tradition.
The Queen is the longest-serving British Monarch, and the fourth longest-serving Monarch in the world.