Why the praise heaped upon 'Liz Windsor' is more than justified
IN another life she might be known simply as Liz Windsor. She may well have ended up as a typical British housewife with a husband and grown-up children, thanking the gods for relatively good health having celebrated her 87th birthday in April.
But the woman we now know as Queen Elizabeth could never have had what might be termed even a remotely ordinary existence. From birth, her pathway was mapped out. Tradition, coupled with chance and circumstance, would determine nearly everything she did.
She has had a long life – and has seen and heard much. There are enduring memories from her childhood and early teens in the 1930s, up to becoming a prominent member of the royal family during World War Two. Then, in 1953, she got what the late Princess Diana once labelled "the top job'' in British royalty.