Humble Beginnings to a Grand Finale
High up the Andes mountains in Peru is an obscure water body - the Quesillococha lake - which gives birth to an inconspicuously small river, the Nupe. The little Nupe flows ceaselessly and tirelessly, embracing hundreds of other streams and small rivers, nurturing everything and everyone along the way. It grows in size and stature along with its steady flowing nature to become the Amazon, the mightiest river on planet earth.
Similar has been the journey of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. As the whole world celebrates the quantity and quality of her unique reign it is inspirational to note her humble beginnings in a townhouse at 17, Bruton Street in Mayfair, London which was neither a palace nor a big estate - not even a hospital. As a daughter of the King's younger son, nobody had even expected her to take the throne. But for 70 years now, since that fateful 6th February 1952, she has remained a beacon of integrity and constancy in an era of unpredictable politics, economic challenges and social and cultural change. It is her elegance, dignity and noble nature that enthuses her subjects to celebrate a monarchy even in a vibrant democracy.
As we wish for the best for Her Majesty on this glorious occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of her reign, Aranyani also derives this inspiration from her life - ‘Always remain true to your nature and you are bound to grow in size and stature.’