In Remembrance


“Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite, who lived in a tower in Sestos on the western shores of the Hellespont. She fell in love with Leander, a young man from Abydos, which was located on the eastern shores of the strait. Leander would swim across the strait every night to meet her, guided by a lamp that Hero would light at the top of the tower. This went on for a whole summer. One night, however, when the weather was stormy, the light was blown by the wind and the winds made Leander’s task very difficult. He eventually got lost and drowned in the sea. When Hero saw his body washed ashore, she fell off her tower to meet him in the afterlife.” (From Greek Mythology)


In the end, all hero’s die. Some – lost unknown in the mists of ancient times. Others remembered with grand ceremony and reverence:

“I’m proud to call myself of the Elizabethan age. If there was a definition of nobility, Elizabeth Windsor embodied it.”  Helen Mirren

 “She was an inspiring presence to be around, and [led] the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.”  Elton John

 “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. In the difficult days ahead, we will come together with our friends across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the world to celebrate her extraordinary lifetime of service. It is a day of great loss, but she leaves a great legacy. God save the King.”  Elizabeth Truss

“On behalf of the Ukrainian people, we extend sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”      Volodymyr Zelensky

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era. In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her.”  Joe Biden

 “It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history. As we look back at her life and her reign that spanned so many decades, Canadians will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion, and warmth. She was one of my favorite people in the world and I will miss her so.”   Justin Trudeau

“Her Majesty the Queen was, in equal measures, compassionate, dedicated, humble, engaged and wise. She believed in service to her people above all, and inspired so many with her dedication to the Crown. Her reign encompassed the mandates of 12 Canadian prime ministers and 13 governors general. On 22 occasions, she undertook official visits to Canada, where she professed her love for our country again and again. She was a steadfast presence during some of the most tumultuous times of our lives, and most recently gave comfort to so many during the pandemic.”   Mary Simon

 “My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.”  William Prince of Wales

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”  King Charles III

“From the deathbed, a young and vibrant queen rose to mount the magnificent Burmese who carried her to the side of a horseman waiting to go with her to the oaks of Lac Lamond to reflect on her years of her reign in the spiritual world where the old are young again. The Queen and Duke rejoin to continue their love and nurture for one another while bringing culture and identity to the British people.”  Albert Dumont, Algonquin Spiritual Advisor and Canada’s Ottawa Poet Laureate


©Katalin Kennedy – from online quotes throughout the web

September 2022

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