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Why the praise heaped upon 'Liz Windsor' is more than justified

Gerard O'Regan

Published 05/04/2014 | 02:30

Queen Elizabeth (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican. Reuters
Queen Elizabeth (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican. Reuters
Queen Elizabeth leaves after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican April 3, 2014. Photo: Reuters

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.

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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.

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