The Passing of the Queen

A great lady. She was nothing like a “trailblazer” for other women. She was the sovereign. As a dual national of the US and Canada I mourn her. pl

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23 Responses to The Passing of the Queen

  1. cobo says:

    The news I saw first broke on Al Jezeera. Queen Elizabeth, as you stated clearly, was the real deal. I texted my wife with the news right away. She has her own feelings about her sovereign, but she still respects the instituttion of royalty, as do I. We will mourn her in our hearts.

    From the genetic pool, it might be more interesting. I’m (roughly) 1/4 French, 1/4 Acadian, 1/4 English, 1/8 Italian (with history serving the Italian Monarchy) and 1/8 Austrian. Colonel, I don’t have to leave my own mind to know war :- )

  2. Bill Roche says:

    I morn Elisabeth. IMO she was the last of the monarchs who knew enough to behave as such. With her death an age is gone. Her deplorable family have not the good sense to recognize the role they play for British throughout the world. The petulant poppycocks, who are her offspring, have taken the royal family to the tedium of celebrity while becoming most common. Pity they could not rise to their mother’s grace. So good riddance to them I say but not good riddance to Elizabeth, the last Queen. We will never see her like again.

    • cobo says:

      Harry embarrasses himself, but William and Kate seem to have the necessary grace for the times in which we live.

    • Fourth and Long says:

      They are such unimpressive uninteresting people, Charles maybe the least bad, but he positively muscle flexed vis a vis Putin. Charles after the damning 5 seasons of that Netflix series with the X files actress playing Maggie Thatcher? Happy trails. It will do one thing primarily for their huge media scandal industry – increase ratings and profits due to the puerile stuff those rags peddle. Thumbs up on Elizabeth the Second of the House of Windsor.

      Back to composing another verse to Lloyd George knows my father, father knows Lloyd George, LGKMFFKLG.
      G F K not Roman numerals. Interesting. JFK, RFK. Gaspard Fitzgerald ?

  3. Fourth and Long says:

    My mom had tea with the Queen’s Mother in 1959. She was very thrilled. As a child over there I found the Royals fascinating. Churchill, 1 foot away, showed me the V signal, riding out of Buckingham palace in his Rolls or Bentley. One of the places we lived in London was on the same floor with one of his daughters. My dad was an atomic physicist. I figured it was economy of means. The Royal kidniks naturally attracted me and my sister. My sister rode horses as did Anne. Charles became kinda otherwise. Bit like me, not really. Since you were a Green Beret I wouldn’t say you would be shocked at how awfully rough the schools were. Or how rigidly brutally authoritarian in the instances I encountered. Especially the one upperclass I attended. (by my standards, we’d say private, they drive on the LHS and eat horsemeat) That, when I reached an age where I could reason, made me very skeptical of the Royals. I don’t remember much about the Queen, except her grace and beauty. My mother was English/Irish. It all seemed very wonderful to her. Her Majesty was to me a remarkable monarch, her PMs not so much. Her longevity. That she saw what must have been terrible things, huge letdowns, but persistent. She exemplified something more than British. In her diminutive old age – something Elvin. Beware of the Little People, —–, said John my favorite Irish Bartender in Manhattan and Queens, and US Army Military Police in Germany, 1950s. Oh we in the Old Country do, we do I’m just sayin’.

    • Fourth and Long says:

      Addendum. Ksenia Sobchak, Russian TV host, presidential candidate, Daughter of President Putin’s Mentor in St Petersburg, and God Daughter of his nibs himself, posted this on her VK (In Contact) page regarding the departure of Her Majesty’s a Pretty Fine Girl, Elizabeth II (Bot translation):

      When to say “The epoch is gone” – to say nothing. Scary, to be honest, more than sad. It seemed that people like the queen would never let the world go completely crazy. The contrast between this scale of personality and the half-crazy Liz Truss is huge. Giants are dying out. In Europe, alas, there are small populists who are incapable of unpopular, but necessary solutions for a world on the verge of disaster. Now only God save us all.

  4. Stephanie says:

    As the Colonel wrote, a great lady. We definitely won’t see her like again.

    The younger royals, with the possible exception of Charles, don’t seem to share her passion for country life and pursuits and her love of dogs and especially horses. From this spring, footage of the Queen visiting the new crop of foals at Sandringham and feeding carrots to her friends. She rarely permitted this type of filming.

  5. Deap says:

    Thank you Queen Elizabeth. Keep calm and carry on was indeed your life’s lesson for us all. We first crossed paths when I was 10 years old, on a family vacation to Victoria BC during your coronation. The most lovely British city was all decked out with celebratory banners and tins of toffee carried your likeness. That is when I “met” you.

    The most beautiful young queen I had ever seen. I had never witnessed such formal ceremony in such grand spaces as when you received, one by one, the trappings of royal office while watching on a grainy black and white TV. I was utterly fascinated by the sacred stone place under the royal throne. I deeply felt the pageantry and tradition of this solemn investiture. How could anyone watching not feel the ages of our Anglo-American connections, and the fortunes of the British crown. God bless the Queen, long live the British monarchy.

    My last wish hopes Charles takes the official name King Phillip at his coronation. I like the connection, I like the fresh start, and I like seeing a King Phillip take a rightful place at the head of the procession at last, not the dutiful and dignified always five steps behind.

  6. walrus says:

    Fourth and Long, the British don’t eat horse meat. You are thinking of the uncivilized French.

    She was a great Queen, exactly how great will not be apparent in our lifetimes. she was not just a tourist attraction. You will find in the future that she has had to deal with dark forces and triumphed over them as far as I can tell.

    • Fourth and Long says:

      They sure ate it sump laces when I was there. My dad was raised on a farm, he spit out a mouthful of something, cursing “horse meat, pfooey ,” followed by curses. 1959, 1960 and you know? I don’t know about the uncivilized wrenches, but to my very overhearing ears I’m certain I heard “don’t eat in that place, they serve horse meat” more than once. I hung around with school boys, and grown ups of varieties. I hold them entirely blameless if they had horsemeat in disreputable places. They were still digging out unexploded bombs. Kids were killed and others. I fool around too much I guess. The social cues of real interaction are missing on the net, hence emoticons. Didn’t mean to offend your late ruler.

      To prove it. Here’s a very high complement I was about to pay her before you amused me and yourself by insulting the trench mousses, I realize it’s unpatriotic to resist the temptation on the day after beautiful Marie Elizabeth Alexandra passed away. You are required by protocol, not quite. My guess? Superstitious fear of the high and mighty, which is not entirely based in fantasy.

      Elizabeth, who died Thursday at 96 after a 70-year reign, was one of the few who could rival Biden’s time on the political and international scene. She met every sitting American president since Harry S. Truman, other than Lyndon B. Johnson, making Biden the 13th president to have an audience with her.
      That’s from the Watch and sling post today. I was going to make a stupid joke about how British Intelligence isn’t all bad. Or one indicating the Queen had impeccable taste. Because my opinion of Lab Brat Jaybird is very low. The Vie Yet Bomb just in case anyway war was inexcusable. It plunged my country into eternal disrepute. This factoid proves her Magestic Eyes worth as well as anything. She had a reputation to protect? Or probably had developed affection
      for the numerous other ways of strife on the planet that was nearly hers, on her long and arduous tours to bananas and coconut growers everywhere, I don’t know.

      I need to decide between reruns of Ozzie and Harriet or The Wizard of (Two letters, but not where long suffering Job hailed from, or ..).

      Job 39:19-25
      King James Version
      19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

      20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.

      21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.

      22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.

      23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

      24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

      25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

    • Deap says:

      The dignity of her public assessment of events, when her own family was totally going off the rails, a few decades ago earned my own lasting admiration.

      She pronounced it to be an “annus horribulus” and in that moment shared humanity with virtually every other non-royal household, also made up of frail human beings.

  7. james ticehurst.. says:

    Elizabeth Was Worthy of the Title “Queen”. .Her Majesty..
    Too Me..She Represented “Royalty.”..As I Understand It..With Its Long history..

    Royal Dignity..A Royal Smile. Genuine Royal Love..And Culture..She “Shined”
    and is Shining Now..

    I Have Not Heard One Insult On The TV Interviews and Coverage In England..TThe People are Clean..Well Dressed and Respectful..
    As I Join Farewell” Queen” Fairwell..The World will Indeed Not Be the Same
    Without You..

  8. KjHeart says:

    I was just gutted to hear she had died – I was hoping she would carry on a little longer… she was a stabilizing force in this world – much more than we all may know… She will be greatly missed…

    I hope King Charles does well

  9. walrus says:

    Have a thought for the poor buggers in the defence forces. Slow march drill will be being practiced everywhere, I used to hate it. Then there there is the drill “Rest on your arms reversed ”. and the recovery.

  10. glupi says:

    On a 1994 state visit to Russia queen Elizabeth II wore the tiara of the empress Maria Fyodorovna bought on the cheap after the murder of the Russian royal family who her grandfather king George V refused asylum in the UK.

    Would a lady do so?

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  12. Some music for King Charles:

    Handel, Four Coronation Anthems,
    performed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

    Long live the King!

  13. Ralph Vaughn Williams wrote a stirring arrangement of the classic Protestant hymn
    Old 100th – All people that on earth do dwell
    for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
    There are several stirring performances of that at YouTube, e.g.,

    In the various processions in these videos one can see
    QE2 (usually dressed in yellow) and Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla, and William and Catherine.
    And in the first video there is a brief flashback (from 1m40s to 1m55s)
    to the 25-year-old Elizabeth at her 1953 coronation.

    I must admit to finding these performances most stirring.

  14. Deap says:

    Did Prince Harry really not sign ‘God Save the Queen” during this ceremony which was one of the most touching moments of all – it looked like his mouth was not moving at all compared to everyone around him.

    For his American citizen consort not to sing this national anthem was understandable, but what is the protocol for the recently disenfranchised by choice commoner, Harry?

    Maybe it was just a bad camera angle.

  15. Interesting questions always are:
    who is in the British royal family,
    what are their relations,
    what titles do they have and why do they have them?
    The first video in this playlist answers those questions.
    The remaining videos address various “what if” questions about how the British line of succession might have developed under alternate scenarios,
    e.g., if Henry VIII’s last will and testament had been followed.

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