I spend a fortune on creams and serums in the hope that they will assist in keeping my skin looking good, that will in turn keep me looking young and beautiful (read 'make me look'). But this week I have learned something from just sitting watching TV. I learned that a balance of working hard, mixing with lots of people, travelling, keeping your family close around you, being loved and loving others, having fun and smiling a lot is the way to look young and beautiful.
Our Queen, the 86 year-young Elizabeth, has prov
en it to me. This week I have been caught up watching the celebrations coming from my favourite city in the world – London. The Diamond Jubilee of our Queen has captured the world, with more viewers than the wedding of her grandson William last year. Young and old alike seem to have been captivated by four days of music, fun, celebration, pagentry, religous ceremony, and pomp and circumstance like only the British can do it.
And I have decided that, in my mind, she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Not in a traditional sense, but in an overall, wholesome kind of way. With a beauty that comes from within, and is now, in my opinion, shining through more than in any time that I have observed her.
Because of this event we have seen some of the early photographs of the young Princess Elizabeth, and those of her early days as Queen, a position that she took up at the very young age of 25. And in those photos she really was very beautiful. And over the past 60 years, as she has worked day in and day out to raise a family and run the Commonwealth, she has undergone changes. She has aged – but she has done it gracefully and with poise.
She went through tumultuous years in the 1980's and '90's as 3 of her 4 children's marriages broke down, a massive fire tore through Windsor Castle, and then the Royal Family and the country had to deal with the death of Diana. These must have been her darkest days.
But as I have watched the celebrations this week I see a woman who now is content and happy. I have seen her loving husband by her side, and then seen her looking very human and alone when he had to go into hospital. I have seen interviews of her grandchildren talking about 'Granny' with such love and respect and admiration.
I have seen her laughing with her children and sharing fun with Camilla, and she has shone in some of the most beautiful outfits and great hats, all appropriate for the occasion and her age. And the woman is 86 years old, and still wearing heels!! I watched her walk gracefully out of St. Paul's Cathedral, taking the stairs with the agility of a woman half her age, and hoped that I will be so adept when I am her age.
So, in a blog called The Perfect Lipstick, where we are on the constant look out for the perfect products to make us look and feel good, I give you the secret to being the most beautiful woman in your world:
Do something meaningful every day, that brings happiness to you and to others
Love the family you are in, and if that is impossible, adopt a family that will support and love you
Travel to keep your life interesting, even if it is only in your local region
Have fun always, knowing that 'dark days' never last
Smile and laugh, embracing the lines because they show others how much fun you are having