People queued for miles,
people queued for hours -
almost for a entire day -
just so that they could make their way
to Westminster Hall in London
to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II
as she lay-in-state in her coffin
by bowing their heads and saying
a solemn goodbye to the only
Queen of England that generations
of people have grown up with
and who people young and old
respected, loved, cherished, and will miss
more than anyone can ever know.
People queued through the darkness of the night...
people queued through the bright sunshine of the day...
people queued along with thousands of others -
including world leaders and celebrities -
because they wanted the opportunity
to be in the presence of the body of The Queen
and so that they could give this extraordinary woman
the gift of their time...
people queued, people waited -
which the British public are famous
for doing better than anyone, it has be stated -
and after they finally got to see
the flag draped casket of The Queen,
some people were genuinely moved to tears
because the experience overcame them
and moved them in such a powerful and unexpected way.
People queued to be a part of history...
people queued to share this momentous
time in the history of the British Royal family,
the history of the United Kingdom,
and the history of the world itself,
with ordinary members of the public
who felt a genuine connection
and an affection for The Queen
the like of which no other Monarch -
past, present, or future -
will ever know, will ever feel, nor will ever see...
people chose to use their own two feet -
as their path took them alongside
the River Thames and the landmarks that can be seen -
to give something back to the woman
whose face still graces British stamps,
British bank notes, as well as photographic
and physical accurate artistic representations
of this once in a lifetime icon
who will never be forgotten;
and if those people from all around the world
who made the choice to travel to London
and gather together in rememberance and in solidarity
with the members of the Royal Family
and the new King of England, King Charles III,
were asked would they do what they did again,
I believe almost all of them would say and agree
that they believed that by standing in line
with thousands of other people
they were doing something important,
impactful, and incredible
by queuing for The Queen.