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
The first runner-up is:
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]