The queen defines what it means to keep calm and carry on.
As the Brexit vote continues to show its ripple effect throughout the world — stocks falling (and now rising), political uncertainty, a divided nation — Queen Elizabeth II is carrying on with a calm royal demeanor.
Just take a look at her demeanor when Northern Ireland’s first minister Martin McGuinness asked how she was doing.
“Well, I’m still alive anyway,” she replied with a smile.
“Ha, we’ve been quite busy. There’s been quite a lot going on,” the queen quipped.
But in a quick change in tone, she tossed aside the current national turmoil with a swift grace, joking about her recent personal celebrations: “I’ve had two birthdays, so we’ve been quite busy. Absolutely.”
The Queen has been around long enough to keep a level head through it all.