Presidents Report


The veterans of the Epping sub-Branch of the Returned and Service League of Australia, mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth 2, the commander in Chief of our Defence Forces. Since her first military service in 1945, Her Majesty has had a long and proud association with the defence forces, not only as Commander in Chief of all the forces but has had honorary appointments as Patron to many associations within the Australian Defence Forces.

We join with all Australians, the millions comprised in the Commonwealth of Nations and all countries across the world to express our condolences as we participate in the current expression of sadness for the loss of our sovereign. In her death we are joined, participants in history as we witness the end of the era of Queen Elizabeth the second. A reign of 70 years, the longest in British History which has spanned some significant events in world history

Throughout such a chronicle of events at home, within the commonwealth of nations and across the globe, the Queen was a widely respected figure, her humble and compassionate respect to all was ever present and available to encourage and comfort.

In her daily activities, she met individuals from all walks of life from world leaders to school chil­dren whilst continuing to be steadfast figurehead for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of nations. Her reign saw enormous social change and political upheaval as well as significant changes in the British empire as it morphed to a commonwealth of nations, individual nations now sharing a commonality of origin, now a family of cooperating populations overseen by a monarch whose prime concern to reach out to all offering encouragement and as rigorous sense of security.

Queen Elizabeth born the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and as such never contemplated to be considered an heir apparent to the crown. With the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in 1936 and the accession of her father George VI to become king, it was at about the age of 10 her life would change as she came to terms with the reality of her future. As a young woman, at the age of 25, early in her married life, following the death of her father became our young queen. She undertook her duties, responsibilities with a dedication to serve and inspiration to all and to the age of 96

We remember and reflect upon her life of her unselfish service to all above self, her compassion to all and ever the peacemaker.

The Queen is dead Long Live the King.

Lest we forget

John K Curdie OAM
sub-Branch President