This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.
Monday, February 06, 2012
God Save the Queen
It was on this day, February 6, in 1952, that Princess Elizabeth became Queen. Her father, King George VI, died unexpectedly while she was in Kenya on her way to New Zealand. She returned to Britain as the Queen at age 26 to take up her duties which she has admirably fulfilled for 60 years. She has no plans of retiring soon. She is the 40th British Monarch since 1066. Britain has always been monarchy except for a few years when it killed its king and tried to be a Republic. She is the second longest reigning Monarch. Only Queen Victoria reigned longer. Queen Elizabeth may eventually surpass this record.
I think I remember that day so long ago. My mother was very interested in the Royal family, her parents being British. I am sure she was very attentive, listening to the reports on the radio.
I suspect the Coronation, the next year, was the inspiration for us to get a television, just as my grandfather was finally convinced to get a radio, years before, so he could listen to Amos and Andy and share in the discussions about the show with his co-workers. The Coronation was the first one broadcast on TV. The Queen has not been one to shy away from the use of new media over the years.
Here is a brief video highlighting the events of Queen Elizabeth's reign.
This year there will be many celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee across the Commonwealth. Most of the events will be held in and around London, England in June.