Now, in truth - and I suppose this comes from being an American - I never understood exactly what it was that the Queen of England did, surmising only that she had some important administrative duties and responsibilities. Which brings me to what I find so amazing about Elizabeth II of England: that at 96 years old, in fact until the day before she died, she was still carrying out those duties and responsibilities.
Here she is the day before yesterday confirming Liz Truss as the new British Prime Minister after accepting the resignation of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, thus effectuating the official change of leadership within Her Majesty's Government.
Of all the chapters of the long book of Elizabeth's life, it's the end pages that I find most remarkable. And though I know that a progression of days such as Queen Elizabeth enjoyed is likely not in the cards for most of us, she is the hope-giving proof that it is within the realm of possibility.