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  • RIP Queen Elizabeth II

    https://www.royal.uk

    A remarkable woman, died at 96 today.

  • #2
    My 85 year old mother is amongst the minority of British people who can remember another monarch. I think even the vast majority of ant-monarchists here would concede that she performed her role magnificently.

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    • #3
      I was in kindergarten when her father died and I remember we sang God Save.... but i can't remember if we sang King or Queen!

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      • #4
        The UK has had a change of Prime Minister and a change of Monarch about 48 hours apart.

        Her first Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was born just over 100 years before her last, Liz Truss.
        Last edited by Trickstat; 09-08-2022, 09:29 PM.

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        • #5
          Wow, talk about the end of an era!
          '
          Elizabethean England (1558-1603)
          Victorian England (1837-1901)
          Lilibetan England (1952-2022)!

          That's a big chunk of history. I am not a royalist, but she was special.

          RIP, GStQ

          On to Charles III.

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          • #6
            Interesting to note that she met every US president - except LBJ. Neither side has ever been clear on why that was(I suspect Vietnam played a large part).
            There are no strings on me

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            • #7
              Saw her in 1978 in a carriage with Ceacescu on the way to Buckingham Palace. She had been warned by France that Ceacescu liked to steal memorabilia, so they had removed all temptation from the Palace. Another story was that the Queen was walking her dogs and saw Ceacescu coming towardsher, so she hid in the bushes to avoid him.

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              • #8
                Her entire reign as Queen was akin to a specially long and highest quality Hallmark Channel movie.
                I say this with the utmost respect (I've watched many HC movies!), though to be honest, I've never been a fan of "the Royals" (not even the ones in Kansas City).
                But to think of the life she led makes me respect her even more....or maybe makes me more curious.

                Throughout her 70 year reign, she had to stay neutral politically.
                I imagine this covered the UK, the Commonwealth, as well as the rest of the world.
                So she's left us without us ever knowing what HER political views were.
                Who did she admire the most---and the least---amongst all the PM's her reign lived through?
                What about the US Presidents she knew, and other world leaders?

                Also, as in a Hallmark movie, she led what many would term a "fairytale" existence.
                Royal titles (Lord, Lady, Earl, Prince, Princess, King, and Queen).
                Royal castles and Royal carriages, and all the brilliant pomp that went with it---witness Diana's marriage to her eldest son!!
                It was a life we on the outside will never have, or can even dream of!
                Yet we in the west eat it up, as witness the People magazine and other media's blanket coverage of their lives 24.7!

                Yes, she was--and will remain---a "presence" in the lives of all the observers of her life.
                (CNN is doing non-stop remembrances!)

                It was a great movie--maybe the finest Hallmark ever produced!
                Rest In Peace
                Last edited by aaronk; 09-09-2022, 04:06 AM.

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                • #9
                  When you consider she took the throne when Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union, Churchill was the UK prime minister and Truman the US president, it gives you a sense of how she's been there forever. Few people who are around nowadays even have a conscious memory of anyone else sitting on the British throne.
                  Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Powell View Post
                    When you consider she took the throne when Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union, Churchill was the UK prime minister and Truman the US president, it gives you a sense of how she's been there forever. Few people who are around nowadays even have a conscious memory of anyone else sitting on the British throne.
                    I was 22 years old when she took the throne. I was/am impressed by her demeanor at that age and for the next 70 years. I am not a royalist, in fact, I could not tell you who she succeeded without looking it up but she is one of the few international figures I have never found wanting.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Powell View Post
                      When you consider she took the throne when Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union, Churchill was the UK prime minister and Truman the US president, it gives you a sense of how she's been there forever. Few people who are around nowadays even have a conscious memory of anyone else sitting on the British throne.
                      My 85 year old mother is one of that smallish minority.

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                      • #12
                        A sad day.

                        A lady who gave her life to the service of her people. The only monarch most of us in the Commonwealth have ever known.

                        No matter what you think about monarchy, it's hard to argue she wasn't an admirable woman.

                        Vale Queen Lilibet.
                        Last edited by Vault-emort; 09-09-2022, 09:45 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by guru View Post
                          Interesting to note that she met every US president - except LBJ. Neither side has ever been clear on why that was(I suspect Vietnam played a large part).
                          She was happy to meet LBJ, she just didn't want to meet Jumbo as well!

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                          • #14
                            My one 'encounter' (not sure you can call it that - but I was probably within 20 metres of her) was about 20 years ago.

                            I was driving near our airport and I think - stupidly - ran out of gas. Got out of the car and suddenly thought 'why has all the traffic disappeared?'. About 30 seconds later, the police-escorted royal procession comes past. I'm there like shaking my fist in the air shouting 'you could have given me a ride'

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                            • #15
                              The fact that she was so proper and dignified, but did that James bond bit perfectly at the London Olympics made me a bigger fan!

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