just loss

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The bricks are always crumbling down,

The fabric fraying at the edge,

Destroying life we know, we love.

Life is not a constant thing,

But ever changing, building and

A knocking down of all that is

Familiar, pleasant to the eye, the ear.

We need our lives to straighten out,

To weather storms and stay intact

But that is not the way it works.

Eventually those things we love and need

Will crumble into dust.

There has been some very sad news today. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away this morning and I feel like his death will leave a hole in lots of people’s hearts, whether they have met him or not.

He has been by our Queen’s side for over seventy years and so most people will not remember a time when he has been a part of our fabric that has woven us all together. He kind of feels a bit like the grandfather that we never had, making inappropriate jokes but always being there when really needed.

He has always been one of my favourite royals and I really hope that The Crown is accurate in its portrayal of him, because I totally fell in love with the character that we were presented with. He knew exactly who he was and what was important to him and that is something that is important in really uncertain times.

My heart goes out to the Queen and the rest of the family. I can’t even begin to imagine what you must feel to have somebody by your side for 73 years and then have them gone. It must feel like a body part has been cut away, you must feel totally off balance.

I remember when Colin left me and I took off my wedding ring after two years of marriage. I felt like I was falling over and gravity was having a weird effect on me. What must it feel like after 73 years?

I hope that the family get through this time of sadness and that they all put differences aside and really lean on each other. It’s easy to forget that a stuffy institution like the royal family is, at the end of the day, a family and they deserve the same kindness and respect as any other family in such a horrible time.

Much Love

Rachel xx

4 thoughts on “just loss

  1. Margot Kinberg

    It is very sad news, indeed. His death is, of course, a terrible blow to the family, and I hurt for them. It will also mark a fundamental change in the way many of us have thought. There’s always been Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Now things have changed and that will take getting used to for a lot of people. This is a beautifully-done look at that.

  2. crispina kemp

    Well written. I don’t know if you saw the comments on Twitter that day, but I was disgusted. It matters not what we think of the Prince (and I’ve always thought him an ok-chap) the family are bereaved and deserve respect

      1. crispina kemp

        It disgusted me. Guess we’re gonna get more today, with it being his funeral. Earlier this morning Twitter was jamming, couldn’t cope with the numbers. I don’t know, but I suppose it’s for that. Not known it to happen before

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