Tuesday, January 10, 2012

If a certain person manages to keep the old ticker going for 28 more days...

...she will have been the Queen of England for 60 years.

Let’s hear it for Her Majesty!

And if she doesn't, this fellow will take her place:

Note that he appears to be listing a bit to starboard at the prospect.

And if for any reason he is unable to complete his reign, the first runner-up will be named Miss America King of all England, and a few other places besides.

The first runner-up is:

(Photo by Robert Payne, 12 June 2010, used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Prince William!

He appears to be a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic: Palmolive - it’s neither palm nor olive. Discuss. [Editor's note. This paragraph was brought to you courtesy of Linda Richman, a character of actor Mike Myers on the Saturday Night Live television show. --RWP]

Or maybe Prince William is tight-lipped at being asked to ride in the same carriage as the Duchess of Cornwall. One never knows, does one?

But it’s good to know that the succession process is all taken care of, isn’t it?

In the meantime, on this side of the pond, we wish Her Majesty a long, long life (even longer than it has been already) and congratulate her on tying the 60-year reign of George III (1760 - 1820), although she is still four years short of the 64-year reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) and twelve years short of the 72-year reign of King Louis XIV of France (1643 - 1715).

Here she is on her coronation day in 1953, with Prince Philip:

This post should make up for my recent U.S.-centric post about 2011 in review. I’m, well, you know.

[Editor’s note. For a recent photo of Her Majesty, go to yesterday’s post (January 9th) and click on the links in the formula for the pascal until you find her. --RWP]


  1. Hooray for new words learned. Verklempt. Oy, vey.
    Loving the posting where I actually get to learn things. Keep it up1

  2. i was impressed 50 years ago when i saw the queen and her mother together at bury st. edmunds and back then they seem kind of old looking to me<>><i was a mormon missionary

  3. I always assumed she would outlive Charles and the throne would go straight to William. Somehow she seems more robust than he.

  4. God Save the Queen!

    I'm old enough to remember her coronation. I, too, think she might outlive Charles. We shall see what we shall see.

  5. Thank you, one and all (by which I mean Punk Chopsticks in Malaysia, Putz in Utah, Jewels in Canada, and Pat in Arkansas), for your comments.

    I'm old enough to remember the coronation as well, and the fact that when a transatlantic live television broadcast of the event was attempted we in the U.S. saw only snow on our tellies until a jet plane finally delivered something the network bigwigs probably paid dearly for.

  6. Remember the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth also...no TV so no problem about watching!

    Prince Charles and Prince William have been well trained in their duties, which ever becomes King will do fine! (However, I'm betting on the dark horse, Prince Harry! ;-)

  7. Hey there, Theanne, I didn't mean to overlook you. Prince Harry has always been in a different category in my mind since he looks a lot more like James Hewitt than Prince Charles. I'm not making an accusation, mind you.