The Queen’s 90th Birthday

 

UntitledcgffI wanted to write another post on leadership today, so I did.

Today is Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Like the very luckily much younger (and far more beautiful) Laura says here, “she’s the only Queen of the United Kingdom, I’ve ever known”. And Britain and the Commonwealth, and yes, the United States, as well, is very lucky for that fact.

Like her mother, who I wrote about here, she has lived a life of duty; duty to her people, and to her God. She has lived it faithfully, far more than anybody else on the scene today, and the world is a far better place for her. Think about that, she has done her duty, every day, pretty much since the day her father became King, with the abdication of King Edward VIII. From being an ambulance driver (and mechanic) in the Second World War until today, she has never faltered, never flagged. How many of us will be able to look back and say that?

Her mother famously said, during the dark days of The Blitz, ” The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.” And that is exactly how her daughter has lived her life. And we’re all much the better for it.

FILE - In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Britain's Prince William holds his son Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II, right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, file)

FILE – In this Saturday, June 13, 2015, file photo, Britain’s Prince William holds his son, Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II, right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, file)

I love the Queen. Like, I seriously love her. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to 60 reasons:

  1. She’s the only queen I’ve ever known.ca3d962ca934ade44e012b5822ec15c0
  2. She’s the only queen my parents have ever known.
  3. No one knows what’s in her handbag so she’s pretty much Mary Poppins.
  4. She got her training in statesmanship from Winston Churchill.
  5. She rocks the greatest hats.
  6. She still wears white gloves.
  7. Her grandson was lucky enough to marry Kate Middleton.
  8. She loves the Commonwealth, and puts up with the lot of us.
  9. Her hair looks like a giant diamond from a distance.
  10. She jumps out of aeroplanes.
  11. She’s the sexiest Bond girl ever.
  12. Her dad is Colin Firth.
  13. She was a car mechanic in the war.
  14. She fell in love with her future husband at the age of 13.
  15. She became queen while sleeping in a tree house in Africa.

Continue reading 60 Reasons I Love the Queen. (Sadly the link is no longer active)

And then the Queen also has let us know what wrong with the United States

Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?
Are there any tips you can give me?”
“Well,” said the Queen,

“The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
Obama frowned, and then asked,

“But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”
The Queen took a sip of champagne.

“Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle, watch”
The Queen pushed a button on her intercom.
“Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”
Tony Blair walked into the room and said,
“Yes, your Majesty?”

The Queen smiled and said,

“Answer me this please Tony.
Your mother and father have a child.
It is not your brother and it is not your sister.
Who is it?”
Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered…

“That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.

Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question.
“Joe, answer this for me.”

Continue reading The Queen’s Riddle.

My dearest friend, and editor, Jessica, has an excellent article today on All Along the Watchtower, about this wondrous anniversary today as well.

My Country Tis of Thee done Right

Long Live the Queen – God save the Queen!

 

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16 Responses to The Queen’s 90th Birthday

  1. This is of course just opinions, but as an Irish Brit and one retired from the RNC’s (Royal Marine Commando’s) I do respect her Majesty, but she and the whole Commonwealth need a definitive upgrade towards the Monarchy and the so-called Holy Family itself. The days of Kings and Queens MUST be seen from the whole of human reality! Tradition yes, but Tradition that is not critical of itself…no! My wee thoughts at least.

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  2. *RMC’s

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    • And every one should see the movie: The Kings Speech, 2010, with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. And never forget the so-called Royal brothers here, especially the one who left the throne for a woman!

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      • NEO says:

        Agree, it’s a heckuva movie!

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        • Yes, and just let me clarify myself, I am NOT anti-Monarchy, but it simply MUST redefine itself in modernity and now postmodernity. Even the Queen has redefined both sexuality and marriage, and away from the Judeo-Christian history!

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  3. the unit says:

    What a year was ’53, new President, new Queen. I remember the processions, coronations, and installations. I was going on 11 you know. I don’t know if we had TV yet, about that time, but probably saw it all on Movietone News at the Saturday matinee.
    I’m pretty sure that summer we got a room AC where we all slept, and I didn’t sleep soaking wet to the sheet for the first time. That was all important to me then. 🙂
    The preceding year my best friend was for Stevenson and talked him up, I think cause his family was. I don’t remember my family espousing a preference. I just liked “IKE” own my own. Dad didn’t delve into politics, businessman who said I need all customers.
    He just gave good service, no bribes, no payola, no need to. Thank goodness the only issue then was going to church on Sunday. Most politicians only showed up at Easter, so obvious even to little me.
    I read Obama going to Queen’s party on his way home from Saudi Arabia. Time for some I,I,I,me,me,me again. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      One of my favorites too, although I don’t remember much – I turned up as well, and that struck me as a pretty good idea, as well! I suspect dad liked Ike, fine, but probably voted for Stevenson, well he was a bit of a New dealer, after all. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        And that was fine. Between me and my friend there was no hate talk. I’ve read Ike had to decide whether to run as Republican or Democrat as both parties wanted him. I don’t know it all, but had to do with who was isolationist in viewpoint and policy. Kinda like today.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, but far more civilized! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And not less accordingly accountable…but the same less convicted. lol

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  4. the unit says:

    Duty, service, obligation. Imagine and take in the Queen’s contribution. I think I’d have to hold back my daughter if I could.
    Obama said he didn’t think of serving in the military ’cause nothing was going on. Oh yeah? Leaders were training recruits to be ready for the supreme sacrifice long before the Gulf War. He busy with the Harvard Law Review where he never published anything, like i.e. Slick Willie @ Oxford before him.

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    • NEO says:

      Yes, sir.

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    • I have noted since I have been in America, just how many people of really all generations have NOT served in the American military, save of course the WW II vet’s, but they are passing quickly! Yes, for the most part the Military, especially those in Combat Arms are a breed! Just speaking for myself, I think a Draft would actually help produce a more well-rounded Military, I remember meeting a few American guys who somehow got drafted in the USMC during Nam, and some made it a career! Yes, Semper Fi!

      And again, just how can an American president (and too,a British PM) be commander-in-chief, and never have been in the Military?

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      • Btw, let me say that I am NO David Cameron van, the best that I can say about him, is that he studied Philosophy in his education. But this from the wiki… ‘Relatives of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, include members of the British Royal Family and aristocracy as well as numerous others who pursued careers in the law, politics and finance.’

        No true military experience! Just some points…

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        • the unit says:

          And think how many won’t serve In the U.S. in November by voting and think they serve by Not.

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