God Save Elizabeth II, Long Live the Queen

There is a certain irony in the fact that 3 of the most successful monarchs in British history have been women especially when you consider the lengths to which Henry VIII went to get a male heir. 

His second daughter Elizabeth who shares the name of our current monarch, was Queen for 45 Years staggering for the 16th Century.

 

Victoria would go on a further 18 years and rule for 63 years and tomorrow, 9th September 2015, our current Monarch Elizabeth II will equal the reign of Victoria and become the longest reigning Monarch of England and Great Britain.

 

All three women were unfairly judged on their gender, so much so that Elizabeth choose to remain unmarried and famously became the Virgin Queen. 

All three women lived in the age of Empire Elizabeth I in its infancy, Victoria at its peak and Elizabeth has seen its decline and is head of the commonwealth made up of many counties that were ruled under empire.

 

To celebrate this land mark event in Her majesties reign here are some odd facts

 

Unusual live gifts given to The Queen on foreign tours include: two tortoises given to The Queen in the Seychelles in 1972; a seven-year-old bull elephant called “Jumbo” given to Her Majesty by the President of Cameroon in 1972 to mark The Queen’s Silver Wedding, and a canary given to The Queen after the State visit to Germany in 1965.

 

The Queen has opened Parliament every year except 1959 and 1963, when she was expecting Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.

 

History was made in 1982 when Pope John Paul II visited Britain, the first Pope to do so for 450 years. The Queen, Titular Head of the Church of England, received him at Buckingham Palace

 

The Queen has owned 30 + corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. A good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan. (30 as of 2002) 

 

The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the “dorgi” when one of Her Majesty’s corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret. There have been 8 dorgis – Tinker, Pickles, Chipper, Piper, Harris, Brandy, Cider and Berry.

 

On that note all that is left to say is God Save the Queen, Long Live Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Facts were taken from http://www.royal.gov.uk and although the article is dated 2002 it is still fascinating 

 

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One Response to God Save Elizabeth II, Long Live the Queen

  1. Just the other night I watched a television program called “In Their Own Words” which was a lovely retrospective of the Queen’s life interspersed with quotes and recordings. At the end it was mentioned that as of today she would become the longest-reigning monarch, which I hadn’t known before. Congratulations to Her Majesty from across The Pond!

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