Queen Elizabeth a ‘monarch of selfless restraint’ according to former governor-general Quentin Bryce

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Queen Elizabeth II was a “remarkable” world leader on par with Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, but someone who still loved to make salad dressing when entertaining her guests.

That’s according to former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce, who’s reflected on her many engagements with the Queen and the royal family during her own public service.

“I observed the way when she spoke to people, even if it was just one of those fleeting engagements, that she was always really engaged, that she listened, even if it was just momentarily,” Dame Quentin said.

“I’ve seen that in some remarkable leaders … Mr Mandela, Mr Obama, who had that capacity to make you feel that you’ve had a much longer engagement with them than you have.”

From Brisbane to Balmoral 

Dame Quentin said she was a young girl when she first met the Queen, during the Royal Tour of 1954.

It was the first visit of a reigning British monarch to Australia.

“We followed every detail of her life as little girls of my generation, of the princesses Lilibet and Margaret,” Dame Quentin said.

The Queen driving along in a convoy through Brisbane city flanked by horses and soldiers.
Ms Bryce said young Australian girls loved the “fairytale” of Queen Elizabeth’s life ahead of her 1954 visit.(Supplied: State Library of Queensland)



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