Queen Elizabeth II

@owlwings (39391)
Cambridge, England
April 21, 2016 3:49am CST
The clearest memory I have of our present Queen is of the Coronation. I was 12 at the time and I recall watching it on television at a friend's house - one of those black and white screens barely bigger than today's tablets - and one of my prize possessions was a little die-cast model of the Coronation coach. It's hard to believe that she was already 27 when she acceded to the throne. Even to me. as a young boy, she seemed so young and frail under that heavy crown. Now she is 90 and still an amazing lady. Our longest reigning monarch by a long way and loved and honoured round the world. Many Happy Returns of the Day, Lillibet!
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@JolietJake (51124)
• United States
21 Apr 16
So I don't really understand; is the monarchy mostly just a figurehead?
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@owlwings (39391)
• Cambridge, England
21 Apr 16
Yes, the monarchy takes no part in government. The Queen is Head of State and serves it mostly in a social and ambassadorial capacity, as do the rest of the Royal Family.
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@JolietJake (51124)
• United States
21 Apr 16
@owlwings So the days of "Off with their heads!" are long gone...I wasn't sure if they actually had any governmental function per se or not.
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@owlwings (39391)
• Cambridge, England
21 Apr 16
@JolietJake The Prime Minister still needs the Queen's formal permission to form a Government but that's it, really.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
22 Apr 16
I have to admit, she can rock a hat like no other woman I have ever seen
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@owlwings (39391)
• Cambridge, England
22 Apr 16
Her milliner must be a millionaire!
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• Centralia, Missouri
23 Apr 16
@owlwings milliners, prob many over the years
@LadyDuck (163607)
• Switzerland
21 Apr 16
Queen Elizabeth is a great Lady and she is surely admired and honoured round the world.
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• United States
21 Apr 16
There is a book I want to get. A biography of her titled something along the lines of oh I can't remember! I'm not at home so will have to look the title up later and come back. There will be plenty of festivities around the UK today, I am sure.
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@owlwings (39391)
• Cambridge, England
21 Apr 16
Is it "The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and her People" by Andrew Marr? Or maybe it's "Queen Elizabeth II" by Tim Ewart (published in February for her 90th birthday). There have been so many, over the years! I really don't know which is recommended, though, I'm afraid!
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@owlwings (39391)
• Cambridge, England
21 Apr 16
I think that most of the festivities happened on the Diamond Jubilee. While many people will, of course, wish her a happy birthday, I don't think there's a big 'thing' about it really, in the way of street parties and public festivities as there were last year.
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• United States
21 Apr 16
@owlwings do you reckon that's due in part to the celebrations at the diamond jubilee? I just read s quick snippet via s Facebook page that says The Queen will be holding some sort of event ( I think a luncheon) with the Obamas today. Have not heard anything else about it.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
21 Apr 16
I would not say she was the longest by a long way because George III reigned for 60 years.
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• United States
21 Apr 16
Tenses! Was? Don't you mean is? Let's not tempt fate now.
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@owlwings (39391)
• Cambridge, England
21 Apr 16
George III is the third longest. Victoria comes second and Elizabeth II first.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
21 Apr 16
@owlwings Oh of course, I actually forget about Victoria.
@jstory07 (68297)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Apr 16
She looks really good for being ninety.
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@jaboUK (54508)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 16
I also remember watching the Coronation on a friend's black and white TV. She is a wonderful woman - never a whiff of scandal in her life.
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@Drosophila (16705)
• Ireland
21 Apr 16
I used to think Charlie was gonna cack it before she does
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@JudyEv (126291)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Apr 16
She is a really incredible lady and a great role model. I hope she has had a wonderful day.
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21 Apr 16
Bless our queen. :)
@Juliaacv (31298)
• Canada
21 Apr 16
Although I wasn't born when she was crowned, I do have a lot of admiration for her. She has given so unselfishly of herself to her country serving as she has for most of her life. They are showing some home clips of her as a young mother and comments from her grandsons (the princes) on the television today because its her birthday.
@JESSY3236 (6764)
• United States
21 Apr 16
I can't beleive she's 90. I just looked up to see who is the oldest monarch to live and she is the oldest too.