Tuesday, December 18, 2007

God Save the Queen

It is nice to be able to talk about pleasant news every once in a while, and this counts, I think, as pleasant news.

This week, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will become the oldest monarch in the history of the United Kingdom. Her reign has seen eleven Prime Ministers, including Sir Winston Churchill and is the first monarch ever to have a Prime Minister who was born during during a reign. Her reign has also seen the Presidency of eleven United States Presidents, starting with President Truman. Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 and ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father, HM King George VI.

The Queen surpasses Queen Victoria who was previously the United Kingdom's oldest monarch. Queen Victoria died at age 81, 7 months 4 weeks and 1 day. However, Queen Elizabeth must remain on the throne until September 9, 2015 to surpass Queen Victoria as the United Kingdom's longest ruling monarch.

Queen Elizabeth holds the official title of: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. She is also the Queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, the Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy and Duke of Lancaster.

Also this week, the Queen's eighth Grandchild was born to Prince Edward and Princess Sophia, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Princess Sophia gave birth to a boy on Monday, December 17. The baby, who has not been named, will be eighth in line to the throne.



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