A Great King, a Great Actor and a Little Church

The best indicator of the reverence that the British people had toward the monarchy at that particular moment in time was the eulogy that Laurence Olivier delivered on the death of George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father, the previous year.

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Royal Milestone

QueensOn this day, September 9, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surpasses the 63 years and seven-month reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

The event will be observed quietly; the Queen has asked that there be no fanfare. Instead, she will carry on “business as usual”, as she has for nearly 64 years.

Her Majesty decided very early on just what kind of a monarch she would be. Continue reading Royal Milestone

Charles the Rash

Prince Charles Because I’m sentimental about royalty, I’m inclined to feel sorry for Prince Charles. He’s been waiting to become king longer than any other heir apparent in British history—longer even than his great-great grandfather Edward VII had to wait to succeed his mother, Queen Victoria, who finally died in 1901 at the age of 82 after a record reign of 64 years.

Queen Elizabeth II seems likely to surpass Victoria, having reigned for 61 years already. Yes, she’s 87, but she is reportedly in “robust” health and her own mother lived to be 102.

So Charles has to wait. And wait. And wait. Continue reading Charles the Rash

Two Elizabeths; Two Speeches

February 6 marks the 60th anniversary of the accession Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne. While the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place in June, when British weather is expected to be more amiable, this is still an appropriate occasion to note two speeches by two Queen Elizabeths.

The first is a radio address delivered by the present queen on her 21st birthday in 1947, when she was still Princess Elizabeth. The broadcast was made from Cape Town, South Africa, while she was on a Commonwealth tour. Continue reading Two Elizabeths; Two Speeches