We are blessed with a forgiving monarch

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WHAT a wonderful, and wise Queen we have been blessed with. She is put all the horrors of the IRA era behind her, and shook the hand of Martin McGuiness, in the hope that forgiveness brings peace and happiness to the ordinary people of both sectors of Ireland.

I am just a few months older than her, and I have learnt so much from her actions.

I grew up with an abiding hatred for the Germans. My father had suffered the horrors of the trenches in France in World War One, an uncle had been blown to pieces. My father-in-law, was one of three survivors of his marine battalion at Gallipoli. Twenty-one years later, the horror started again; my husband served in the RAF and two brothers in the army. I lived through those six years of life, loss and destruction. Over the years my hatred mellowed into dislike and distrust.

how wrong that is. of course, the sins of the fathers should not be levelled at a young, new, and blameless generation, on whose shoulders the salvation of the rest of Europe may depend.

My demons have been laid to rest. Will history label our Queen as Elizabeth, the wise and forgiving?

KATHARINE SUMNER

New Bolingbroke