The BJGP team are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend our sympathies to The Royal Family at this time. For many of us, this may feel like the loss of a former teacher or an old family friend, and many of the writers and readers of this journal will have personal memories of a cherished Queen.
For some the death of Britain’s longest reigning monarch will touch and mingle with many personal griefs we carry, about the loss of our loved ones, the passing of youth and innocence, and the inexorable march of history.
We encounter grief and bereavement daily in our clinics and in people’s homes, but a nation’s grief will not go unnoticed in British primary care, affecting both patients and practitioners. The work of general practice continues, not least helping people affected by grief, and do use this space to share personal thoughts and reminiscences.
Image credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo. Queen Elizabeth II visits Drapers’ Hall for a luncheon on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Admission to the Freedom of the Company in London.