Some Things Last

Coronation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, June 1953 via Wikipedia

On this day in 1952 King George VI died of a heart attack at Sandringham, leaving his daughter Elizabeth Alexandra Mary officially Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth the Throne. She has as of today reigned for 60 years, at all times showing all the world what a queen should be as the champion of her people.

During World War II, in 1940 when Lord Hailsham suggested that the Princesses should be evacuated to Canada the Queen replied, “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave.” Also in 1940, the 14-year-old Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast during the BBC‘s Children’s Hour, addressing other children who had been evacuated from the cities. She stated:

We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well.

As the Princess approached her 18th birthday she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service where she trained as a driver and mechanic and was promoted to Honorary Junior Commander 5 months later.

On 6 February 1952, they had just returned to their Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, after a night spent at Treetops Hotel, when word arrived of the death of Elizabeth’s father.

And so she became Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith. She is the fortieth successor to William the Conqueror

And so she has been for sixty years, second only to Queen Victoria.

 

In other news of the Free World, on this day in Tamipco, Illinois was born to Jack and Nelle Wilson Reagan a son, who they named Ronald. He would grow up to become the Great Liberator of Eastern Europe as the 40th President of the United States. Ronald Wilson Reagan, Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath and a member of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum.

 

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