My first memory of the Queen was her Silver Jubilee in 1977. I was 7 years old and we had a huge street party. My Mum made a gorgeous 3 tier cake, we all dressed up, even the edge of the pavements were painted red, white and blue. It was a windy day and I recall someone with a staple gun, fixing the paper plates to the umpteen trestle tables.
What an amazing woman, to have given so much of her time and energy to serve and strengthen her country, and many of us as individuals too. I loved the brownies and Guides as a kid, achieving my Queens guide award when I learnt so much about her love of the Commonwealth and ALL the people within it.
If this is the only thing we learn from her reign, then it is a good lesson; We are all equal, we all have a place in this world and be gracious and welcoming at all times.