Amazing Grace: Reflecting On The Queen’s 90th Birthday

“Do not regret growing older: it is a privilege denied to many…”

Queen’s 90th Birthday

Denoted as an indoor “street party”, this was quite a wild elderly party. It was an enchanting experience to see around 300 charming and elderly residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in Kensington Hall full of determination, enthusiasm, and positivity for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

A truly regal view for a regal occasion: the Queen’s 90th birthday. It sounded quite surreal , you might expect to hear “Auld Lang Syne” out of an old phonograph.

In fact, the lyrics of this song are extremely significant to this occasion, having a spiritual and sentimental meaning that makes your heart contract.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!


The lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” literally translate from Scottish dialect into modern English as “Old long ago.” As in the song, “we’ll take a cup of kindness just yet…”

Isn’t this so symbolic about the elderly? All these veterans of wisdom and old times used all their willpower to show “a cup of kindness” for this memorable 90th birthday.

An old Arabic proverb says, “he who doesn’t have an elderly relative, let him buy one,” signifying the wisdom and presence that would be missed without an elderly family member in your life.

The older you get, the more your ego starts to surrender. Probably, life experience makes you realize the importance of accepting and letting go, being grateful for the little things in life.

Around six centenarians attended. The little—or is it “old”—miracles of life bestowed that certain air of reverence you feel there.

BMC was happy to contribute flowers for display as a small token of appreciation for those beautiful souls who will continue to bloom through the community.

Perhaps this could teach us to:

  • Be grateful for the little things we experience in life.
  • Accept situations that we cannot change and release them to a higher power.
  • Be kind to yourself and to others, because you never know what might happen in life; things that go around, come around.
  • Be patient. Understand there is a time for everything, and any solution you are looking for will come at the right time.