|The Queen Mother with the then Princess Elizabeth, 1937|
Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II.
This week seems to be one of anniversaries, some good and some bad. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte, the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare who is believed to have died on what would have been his 52nd birthday, and of course, the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest reigning monarch. Which is perhaps all the more remarkable because she was not born to be Queen.
|In the beginning|
Princess Elizabeth in her pram in 1929
I understand that not everyone believes that having a monarchy rather than a republic benefits ordinary people. But I do. Having been born in a country without monarchy and now lived more than half of my life in Britain I have seen what differences there are and I prefer the royals, for better or for worse. It is a misunderstanding to believe that getting rid of a monarchy will make it's citizens more equal. All that will happen is that the castles will fall down or be lived in by politicians without any sense of duty or history.
|Princess Elizabeth aged 7, 1933|
Philipe de Laszlo
And anyway who wants a collection of political memorabilia when you can have a royal collection?
There is nothing like a crown, as I am certain William Shakespeare would agree.
|Queen Elizabeth I, |
Coronation portrait by unknown artist
National Gallery London
|The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II|
Some of my favourite moments, and portraits in the long life of Queen Elizabeth II.
|Formal portrait by William Dargie|
|By David Poole|
|The official Diamond Jubilee portrait|
|Riding down the course before racing|
at Royal Ascot 1961
|Riding in Windsor Great Park|
|Epsom Derby Meeting, with the Queen Mother. |
"I told you that would win!"
|Daniel Craig picks her up! |
(under the watchful eyes of those Corgies)
|The Queen's homebred fily Estimate wins the|
Ascot Gold Cup for her.
If you enjoy the momarchy you might like to read two other posts about them.
The story of how we went to London to see the Queen on the Diamond Jubilee in 2012,
And you can read about The Sport of Kings, Here: