Queen Elizabeth II: Ben Fordham, “super fan” radio host, pays tribute to the late monarch

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BEN FORDHAM played ‘God Save the Queen’ whenever he spoke about Her Majesty’s health on air. A “super fan”, he was delighted to receive a special note from her. Here he recalls “one of the most extraordinary human beings to walk on planet Earth”

The world is home to nearly eight billion people. And it’s hard to think of someone who lived a life like Queen Elizabeth II.

She is the longest reigning monarch in British history. And today – his 70 years of service came to an end. Her Majesty sadly passed away at the age of 96.

What a life.

She was first seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as a baby in 1927.

At the age of 2, she impressed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He said “she has an air of authority and thoughtfulness that is amazing in an infant”.

It was a sign of what was to come.

“I’ve always been a super fan and an unofficial leader of his fan club below,” radio host Ben Fordham told Daily Mail Australia of Queen Elizabeth II (pictured) after her death.

“Whenever we talked about his health on the radio, we always played God Save The Queen,” said Mr Fordham, pictured with his wife Jodie

Yes, she was born into privilege. But he is someone with a remarkable sense of responsibility.

When Britain was attacked in World War II, thousands of children were sent to the countryside to escape German raids.

Princess Elizabeth broadcast a message to them via BBC radio. She was only 14 years old.

“When peace comes – remember – it will be for us – today’s children.”

“I sent her a letter when she marked her platinum jubilee and got a lovely note in return,” Mr Fordham told Daily Mail Australia. Pictured is the note the radio host received from the Queen

The envelope, bearing the Queen's mark, which bore the note sent to Mr Fordham

The envelope, bearing the Queen’s mark, which bore the note sent to Mr Fordham

We didn’t expect Elizabeth to be queen. But her uncle – King Edward – left the royal family because he wanted to remarry. His father, King George VI, then died suddenly in 1952.

Elizabeth was next in line.

She became Queen Elizabeth at the age of 25.

That day she said, “All my life, whether long or short, will be devoted to your service.

And since becoming queen, she has kept that promise.

She has visited more than 100 countries. Participated in over 21,000 official engagements. She was the godmother of 500 charities and organizations.

His face has been on the currencies of 33 countries. She sent over 300,000 cards – celebrating the 100th anniversary.

And she was a survivor and rock solid.

Queen Elizabeth has outlived 14 US presidents and 15 British prime ministers. She consulted 16 Australian prime ministers. She came 16 times to our country.

Next, Princess Elizabeth (right) is pictured with her sister, Princess Margaret, sending a message on the radio to children evacuated during the Second World War.  Mr Fordam said of the late Queen:

Next, Princess Elizabeth (right) is pictured with her sister, Princess Margaret, sending a message on the radio to children evacuated during the Second World War. Mr Fordam said of the late Queen: ‘She is one of the most amazing human beings to ever walk the planet Earth’

She saw the world wars. It has survived plagues and pandemics.

Her Majesty has faced all sorts of scandals and setbacks.

She did it with a stiff upper lip.

She lost the love of life last year – Prince Phillip – after 73 years of marriage.

With Covid circulating in the community, she sat alone at the funeral.

She had four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A good woman.

A leader with class and courage.

And a mischievous sense of humor.

We thank her for the service.

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