Queen Elizabeth to Israeli: ‘Invest in Human Connections’

July 9, 2021 by TPS
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Queen Elizabeth had special words of wisdom for an Israeli man who asked her for advice on life.

The flags of Britain and Israel at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem.

Israel Ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely presented her credentials to the Her Majesty the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

Hotovely is the first woman to play a key role in the Israeli Foreign Service.

“The Queen has done so much to promote relations between our countries, and I had the privilege of expressing,” she said.

Hotovely made her way to the palace as she was accompanied by a horse-drawn carriage and royal guards of Her Majesty. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Queen is currently at Windsor Castle and is holds her meetings with the diplomats virtually.

Hotovely was accompanied by her three daughters and husband Or Alon.

Alon shared on Facebook that he has a brief conversation with the 95-year-old Queen, during which he asked hre for the “one life advice she can give us in light of her rich experience.”

”The Queen did not answer immediately, it was completely out of protocol. She thought, pondered, and then said: ‘If I had to give only one piece of advice, it would be to invest in human connections. There is nothing more important in life than human connections, and I think the last year has made that very clear to us,” she said

”This is the one piece of advice said by someone who has ruled England for nearly 70 years. And from this it is possible to understand how important this point is to her – and how important it is that we internalize it ourselves,” wrote Alon.

At the end of the meeting, he asked the Queen for one last request. “I told her that in Judaism it is customary to recite a blessing when you meet a king or a queen, and I asked if it was possible to bless her. The queen agreed.

After Alon recited the blessing and explained its significance, the Queen “smiled, and thanked us excitedly.”

“To me, the royal advice and the blessing of the kings were the main events,” he concluded.

TPS

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