I've experienced two kings here in my lifetime (Olav and now Harald), and I assume it is a safe bet I'll in the not too distant future see my third (Håkon). Maybe I'll outlive him too. While not a big, big supporter of monarchies, I do recognise what they can (and should) mean to people, and imo a "real" monarch should strive to embody grace and dignity. Your Queen did so, to the highest degree. Not a religious person, so I just want to say may she rest in peace, she did her duty and more so. Her shoes will not be filled easily. "Vel blåst", as we say here.
I doubt there will be another such as her for a 1,000 years. There for us all in epitome.
It is but a few years now short of a thousand of them, since Harald of Norways Claim on the Saxon throne of England was settled on the East Riding of Yorkshire, 25 September 1066; leading to the end of the Viking Age. According to Snorri Sturluson, before the battle a single man rode up alone to Harald Hardrada and Tostig. He gave no name, but spoke to Tostig, offering the return of his earldom if he would turn against Hardrada. Tostig asked what his brother Harold would be willing to give Hardrada for his trouble. The rider replied "Seven feet of English ground, as he is taller than other men" (implies that both Hardrada and his army will be killed and buried on English soil). Then he rode back to the Saxon host. Hardrada was impressed by the rider's boldness, and asked Tostig who he was. Tostig replied that the rider was Harold Godwinson himself. According to Henry of Huntingdon, Harold said "Six feet of ground or as much more as he needs, as he is taller than most men." It may be that Elizabeth's bloodline extends to Godwinson through noble marriage and escape abroad from William the B, of relatves after the Conquest.