In Remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II

The pursuit of peace and the betterment of the world


Queen Elizabeth II represented the spirit of Great Britain and set a great example for the world. Souce: The Royal Family Facebook

On September 8 of this year, the world lost a great leader. Queen Elizabeth II of England passed away at the age of 96. The entire globe is in mourning, and the Queen's coffin was placed in Westminster Abbey. Westminster Hall was accessible to the public for four days to pay respect to the Queen. The line of the crowds spanned several kilometers. On the 19th, the state funeral was held, and almost all of the heads of state and government were there.

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in British history. Souce: The Royal Family Facebook

After the Second World War, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at the age of 25. At the time, British power was declining, and the British Empire was gradually disintegrating. Queen Elizabeth II strived to strengthen the bonds among the Commonwealth of Nations, which was created to maintain ties between countries that had once been part of the British Empire. In 1940, during World War II, at the age of 13, Princess Elizabeth addressed her nation, saying, "When peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place." She served as a driver and mechanic during World War II. She was one of the few female members of the royal family who actually fought in the battle.

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in British history, ruling for 70 years (February 6, 1952-September 8, 2022). She prioritized her national duty above her personal life. She represented the spirit of Great Britain, and her wisdom, generosity, and courage has had a profound impact on global citizens and has set a great example for the world. When the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred in the United States in 2001, the Queen famously said, "Grief is the price we pay for love." To show her support for the United States, the Queen ordered a military band to play the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, breaking tradition and demonstrating her caring, kind, and peace-keeping attitude.

In the eyes of the majority of British people, Queen Elizabeth II was a symbol of national unity and helped the United Kingdom to enhance its soft power among the Commonwealth of Nations and in the international community. Current and former British Prime Ministers, whether or not they support the monarchy, have a positive opinion of the Queen. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said the Queen “kept a very, very keen and sharp eye on the country and how it was changing and what its people thought right up until the end.” The Queen, who reigned for 70 years, lived through many important moments around the world and delivered many speeches, working to promote global love and peace.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, president of the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), has led FOWPAL members to travel all over the world to promote a culture of love, peace, and conscience. When the 9/11 terrorists attacks occurred in 2001, Dr. Hong happened to visit New York City. He led FOWPAL members to hold ceremonies of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love on September 11-13, 2001 to pray for the United States and the world and to comfort people’s hearts with peaceful energy. Because Dr. Hong and Queen Elizabeth II shared the ideals of love and world peace, they began correspondence in 2002. In 2019, Dr. Hong sent the Queen the paper he presented in New York that September and two books on the International Day of Conscience and received her words of affirmation and encouragement.

Queen Elizabeth II was invited by Dr. Hong to ring the Bell of World Peace and Love at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002 and at Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. Even though the Queen could not attend the bell ringing ceremonies in person, she sent her kind wishes for both events. During Rio+20, a total of 25 heads of state, ministers, and NGO leaders rang the Bell, including the then president of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla; former Vice President of the Republic of Angola Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos; Jose Ramos-Horta, president of East Timor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate; the then prime minister of Portugal Pedro Passos Coelho; and the then Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigme Thinley. They all prayed for their own countries and the world.

Queen Elizabeth II set a good example as a world leader for her country and for the world. She was the longest-reigning monarch in her nation, devoting 70 years of her life to serving her country until her death. She even appointed the new prime minister two days before she passed away. Currently, the world is chaotic, with frequent natural disasters and ongoing wars, and many people are anxious. It is hoped that world leaders will follow their conscience, prioritize the promotion of global peace and stability, and take the responsibility to foster global unity and cooperation to carry forward the spirit and ideals of Queen Elizabeth II.

Source: Federation of World Peace and Love