Opinion: Royal ripples

King Charles III and members of the Royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey after her State Funeral, in London, Monday Sept. 19, 2022.(Danny Lawson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, I remember when my daughter first heard the queen speak on the radio. "Wow! I never heard English spoken so beautifully. Who is that?" I smiled because I'd grown up trying to imitate the "Queen's English" as a youngster in the British colony of Bermuda.

I was doubly saddened by the queen's passing because it came just days before my birthday. How does one celebrate life and death at the same time? My first instinct was to ignore my birthday. Who wants to celebrate getting older anyway? So I vacillated between mourning and sulking.

But then I started to reminisce about when the Queen visited Bermuda and how the American and British military base operated side-by-side on the island. I remember how my own mother looked like Queen Elizabeth's twin sister.