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A Busy Queen Elizabeth II Pencils In a 90th Birthday
By Dan Bilefsky
LONDON — She has been served by 12 prime ministers, starting with Churchill; navigated the decline of the British Empire; braved the tragedies of her family and the nation; and, on Sept. 9, edged out Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history: 64 years now. And she is lauded for having the stiffest upper lip in the realm. On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday, and a grateful Britain is honoring a woman her biographer Douglas Hurd, a former foreign minister, has called “The Steadfast.” Through seven decades, she has remained gloriously and relentlessly enigmatic in one of her signature pastel outfits and colorful hats, chosen, royal experts say, so onlookers can spot her in a crowd.
Her Majesty at 90 – a look back at her remarkable life
By Blake Johnson
The life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been one full of spectacular events, some that have changed the course of history. Who, at the time, would have thought that the fair haired baby princess born in Mayfair would grow up to become the United Kingdom’s longest reigning monarch. Today the Queen celebrates 90 glorious years of life surrounded by her devoted husband, her loving children, her adoring grandchildren, and also her loyal subjects and admirers from all over the world. Let us rewind and reflect back over the magnificent life of Her Majesty The Queen.
Birth - In the early morning hours of 21 April in 1926, a little girl was born to Albert and Elizabeth, The Duke and Duchess of York at 17 Burton Street.
Queen Elizabeth turns 91: A paragon of duty, diplomacy
By Lee Cohen
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II turns a staggering 91 today and is more relevant and necessary than ever.
In our times where cult of personality runs so deep, she stands apart as a world leader and head of state who puts service and duty ahead of self-aggrandizement and brand awareness. She also serves as a shining example of diplomacy and how to navigate a complex world. Unsurprisingly, Britain’s longest-serving monarch is also one of its most-cherished, not only in the United Kingdom, or even the British Commonwealth, but in the world.
Queen Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, upon her father George VI’s untimely death from pulmonary disease. Her parents set a tone for leadership that clearly has influenced their daughter’s tenure. The Duke and Duchess of York became King George and Queen Elizabeth (her mother’s name as well) after George’s brother Edward VIII shirked his responsibilities to pursue a romantic path with American, Wallis Simpson.
Edward abdicated and George, supported greatly by the Queen Consort, rose to the occasion, restoring not only stability and affection for the Monarchy, but also great respect. They were very much wartime monarchs and their genuine concern for their people was visible day-in and day-out during the War as they visited bombed-out neighborhoods and refused to evacuate to safer remote locations. The King’s early death was a great blow to the nation and especially to his family.
Thank you to the @IrishGuardsBand for celebrating The #QueensBirthday today during Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace today.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 7:01 AM - 21 Apr 2017
The contemporary teleseries, The Crown portrays for today’s audience just how challenging was the role and position of the new 21-year old queen. Not only had she just lost her beloved father and predecessor, but as an inexperienced young woman who found herself head of state of one of the most powerful nations, she was confronted with long-standing politicians, courtiers, and advisors (most of whom were men) all who had not only their own sense of how things must be done, but also their own personal agendas as well.
Happily for her nation and the world, Queen Elizabeth rose to the occasion magnificently. Endowed with her parents’ deep commitment to their people and strong sense of duty, Elizabeth II has been an unwavering source of pride and inspiration for the British people and the global community. From Churchill to Theresa May, the Queen has been an invaluable resource for a remarkable 13 prime ministers. She possesses knowledge that no computer, foreign office, or state department could ever process.
Her admiration in the U.S. is no less impressive. With the exception of Lyndon Johnson, the Queen has met with every president from Truman to Obama and has announced a state visit to the UK for President Trump in October.
For our part, presidents, first ladies, and the public thrill to welcome the Queen on official visits as they do no other dignitary. While we shed the monarchy and nobility when we gained independence, it does not seem to have dampened enthusiasm or interest in the Queen and her family. We are inspired to see her alongside our state heads at Normandy commemoration ceremonies, impressed by her own very visible support of the military, and comforted by her messages of support or condolence in times of grief.
To mark The Queen's 91st birthday, we are sharing this photo from 1952 of Her Majesty and The Prince of Wales. #HappyBirthdayHerMajesty
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) 4:38 AM - 21 Apr 2017
A perfect example was her message to the American people after the 9/11 attacks when she expressed: “But nothing that can be said can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments. ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’” A president or prime minister could have said the same words, but they have far deeper meaning from the lips of the Queen — a champion of Western Civilization, the Anglosphere, and a mother.
A great proponent of the Anglo-American relationship, Queen Elizabeth thrilled President and Mrs. Reagan at Windsor Castle during a State Visit in June of 1982 with the following superbly delivered remarks:
“We hope these will be enjoyable days for you in Britain, as enjoyable as our stays have always been in the United States. We shall never forget the warmth and hospitality of your people in 1976 as we walked through the crowds in Philadelphia, Washington, New York, and Boston to take part in the celebrations of the Bicentennial of American Independence.
“….Out of the War of Independence grew a great nation, the United States of America. And later there was forged a lasting friendship between the new nation and the country to whom she owed so much of her origins. But that friendship must never be taken for granted, and your visit gives me the opportunity to reaffirm and to restate it.”
On her 91st birthday, we thank God for the life and example of Queen Elizabeth II, and ask Him to grant her many more years. No one will ever replace Queen Elizabeth, but let us pray that her descendants possess her commitment to service which has blessed her nation and the world.
Lee Cohen, New York Director of The Anglosphere Society, spent years advising the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Western European affairs, and was founding Executive Director of the House United Kingdom Caucus.
Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth. The world needs you now more than ever
By Lee Cohen (2016)
“Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith….” a remarkable name for a remarkable person. She has reigned longer than any British monarch. Queen Elizabeth turns 90 today and the world needs her more than ever. The Queen is a great source of pride, inspiration, and comfort, not only to her nation or the Commonwealth, but to the world. While other world leaders shirk responsibilities for immediate pleasure or the spotlight, the Queen has always put duty first. Unlike others who are off to the golf course or the studios of the late night shows, the Queen, at the remarkable age of 90, is likely to be found commemorating her fighting forces, or visiting veterans and the elderly. She is her nation’s greatest champion-- a head-of-state who inspires great pride and affection, and a superb example of how to behave in a complicated world.
Princess Diana’s enduring legacy will be William on the throne
By AMANDA BOWMAN AND LEE COHEN
Today is 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana’s death and the public perception of how the royal family handled it provoked a storm of protest. It also raised the question of the relevance of the monarchy. But in the intervening 20 years, this ancient institution has come to be viewed as an oasis of stability in an uncertain world.
At the time, the British public's outrage and criticism of the monarchy and of the queen herself was unrelenting. Yet now, at the age of 91, she is one of the most admired people in the world, according to the global polling organization, YouGov.
This popularity embraces other members of the Royal Family, most especially Diana’s own sons and daughter-in-law. In fact, a separate pollconducted in 2015 showed that some members of Britain’s royal family, enjoy greater popularity among Americans than nearly all of our U.S. politicians.
The 20-year milestone of Diana’s death has however resulted in a precipitous decline in Prince Charles’ and wife Camilla’s popularity. Leading royal commentator and author of a new biography Camilla, The Duchess: The Untold Story, Penny Junor, downplays the impact of the negative findings, commenting:
“We’ve moved on 20 years …. He’s become a much happier, more relaxed and more confident Prince of Wales … He knows that he did all he could to try and make his marriage work and he failed.”
Another well-placed voice, the queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, lends a valuable behind the scenes perspective arguing that Charles’ personal qualities will serve him very well as king: “When he ascends to the throne, he will be the best-prepared monarch we’ve ever had, and probably ever will have. Charles has been in training for 60-odd years, and the queen has been grooming him for his very public role ever since he left the Navy in 1976. It is time we learned to cherish him.”
While these voices of support for Prince Charles bode well to offset recent media reporting of his current drop in popularity, the legacy and character of his mother the queen over the past 20 years as well as her example for those who will succeed her is a powerful element to restoring the esteem of the monarchy.
Queen Elizabeth II marks her 91st birthday
Many happy returns of the day, Your Majesty. God save the Queen. May He grant her many more years!
Prince Harry to get grandad Prince Philip's job as head of the Royal Marines
By Chris Hughes
Prince Harry will be invited to replace his grandfather Prince Philip as head of Britain’s elite Royal Marines. The 32-year-old royal is now likely to take on the ceremonial position once the Duke of Edinburgh stands down from public duties. Prince Philip, 95, last week announced he will withdraw from public duties and has been ceremonial head of the Royal Marines since 1953. The role has included regular visits to the marines on exercise in Norway and at the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade in Plymouth. Sources say the office of Major General Rob Magowan, the Commandant General of the Corps, has approved the offer of the role and the Queen has the final decision. The role of Captain General of the Royal Marines is valued highly by the Corps and a senior officer has the task of informing the royal of all events and producing reports on the amphibious assault force.
Queen marks 90th birthday, as popular as ever
AFP Relax News
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday with a family gathering and a cake baked by a reality television star, as a new poll finds Britain's longest serving monarch is as popular as ever. The queen has reigned for more than 63 years and shows no sign of retiring, even if she has in recent years passed on some of her duties to the younger royals. A new poll suggests the British public want it to stay that way, with 70 percent saying she should reign for as long as possible, the highest proportion since 1981. Support for the monarchy remains high at 76 percent, according to the Ipsos-Mori poll for King's College London.
Prince Harry: I will dedicate my life to helping mentally ill ex-servicemen and women
By Lucy Clarke-Billings
The 31-year-old Prince is patron of the Walk of Britain 2015: Walking With The Wounded and said as country 'we need to do more' Prince Harry says he wants to dedicate the rest of his life to working with ex-servicemen fighting mental health problems, as he reveals he feels lucky to have escaped Afghanistan alive.
Video from 2015 Walking with the Wounded