Hmph. At 5' 3" she's not very long at all.
Presided over six decades of history. Ok. From 6 February 1952 .
War with Germany? Um... Well... She was not queen until almost 7 years after the war ended.
I just recently saw a program on PBS that was about Prince Charles ruminating about his mom. I actually really liked it. Astonishing the clips and the decades and the legacy. We don't have kings and queens in the USA, but I think it's kinda cool that she's reaching this benchmark. That's a high standard to have to hold to be a queen for 60 years..
If I'm not mistaken, her peak height was 5'4" when she was younger, which puts her in at average height for a British woman.
The article is now correct: "... from wars to the death of Princess Diana and terror attacks on London."
On the all-time list, she still has a way to go before she surpasses Sobhuza II of Swaziland (82 years, 254 days, 1899-1982) or even among the major powers, Louis XIV of France (72 years, 110 days, 1643-1715).
A motion today in NZ's House of Representatives about her reign: http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/39379 [Broken]
I really like that, thanks Stevie. I like that line, "to reign is also to serve." 1:42 It's nice to know that people appreciate people occasionally.
Sure we do. There's Hillary, the dowager Empress of Clinton, and her daughter, Chelsea, the Discountess of Clinton.
Before the Clintons, there were scads of Kennedys, Bushes, Roosevelts, and what not. Our kings and queens don't wear crowns or play dress up.
We've got plenty of Dukes and Earls, but those are first names, rather than titles of nobility. We've even had a Duke of Earl:
Lol. You tell me. Is it better to keep your kings and queens in the closet? As in the USA? Or just let them hang out and give them a crown? As in the UK? (and I'm in no means any authority on "royalness")
In my experience, kings and queens wind up on the front page no matter where they might live, especially in the US and the UK.
As recent events have shown this summer, no one wants to stay "in the closet" anymore.
She is pretty amazing - just think of all the historical figures she had met in her lifetime!
Holy moly, Stalin was still in power when she began her reign.
Yes, the honorable member used the word "realm" correctly in his speech:
http://www.theguardian.com/commenti...as-witchell-longest-serving-monarch?CMP=fb_gu. Apparently, not everyone is excited.
There are cranks everywhere. One good thing about cranks is you don't have to waste a lot of time looking for them; they're more than willing to reveal themselves if given a little time.
And The Guardian is ever ready to attract them on our behalf.
Well, in this case at least, not so much attract them as actually employ them.
Where do they get 18 prime ministers? I count 16:
Who am I missing?
I think the image lisab posted refers to Prime Ministers over her entire life, not just as Queen.
So does my list.
I think the 18 refers to the 16, but Churchill served 1940-1945, 1951-1955, punctuated by Attlee, and Wilson served 1964-1970, 1974-1976, punctuated by Heath. Much the same way that Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
They said 18 different Prime Ministers, which suggests it's not terms, but even if you think it's terms, it doesn't work out. Stanley Baldwin served twice as well (well, three times, but the first time before Her Majesty was born). That's too many - it gets us to 19.
(Prime Minister trivia - actress Helena Bonham Carter is Prime Minister Hebert Asquith's great granddaughter)
I agree, it should be 18 different Prime Ministers. I guess maybe the image needs correction(?), just like the original article I posted was corrected.
Separate names with a comma.