Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One for the (royal) record books

Today, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II breaks her great-great grandmother Victoria's record as the longest reigning Monarch...

QEII has now been Queen for 63 years, 217 days, and you know I cannot resist celebrating along with the royal celebrations!

I just think this is so amazing, especially in light of the way she became the monarch.  This is a story of twists and turns, that if you read it and didn't know better, you would think it fiction.  Princess Elizabeth was born 3rd in line to the throne.  Her grandfather, George V was King.  Her uncle Edward was the heir, and her father Albert, the spare.  Her uncle took the throne after her grandfather died, then ultimately decided to abdicate, which led to her father becoming King George VI, and her being heir to the throne.  When her father passed away in 1952, she became Queen at the age of 25.  25!!!  Can you even imagine?

I love the quote from a speech she gave in 1947... "I declare to you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong." 

Just to share, what I count as my own "too good to believe" story...

I grew up loving all things England, and all things Royal Family.  So when I got the chance to go to London and study in the summer in 1996, I thought I had died and gone to the heaven.  Then one day I went out to Dover Castle, and who did I get to see?  None other than the Queen Mother!
And then, the next year, I went back to London with my Meme.  I was being a good tour guide and we went to Buckingham Palace on our first day there, but without planning it, we wondered up on the opening of Parliament.  There was tons of pageantry...horses, guards, marching bands, and yes, we got to see Her Majesty, The Queen!
God Save the Queen!



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