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Old 04-20-2016, 08:53 PM
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Such a rapid transformation of society would be disconcerting to most people as they grow older; but when you are also head of state, adapting to this changing world is essential in order to avoid appearing aloof and out of touch. It is to the Queen’s great credit that she has managed this transition to modernity with such good grace and dignity.

Indeed, it is particularly impressive since she was not intended for the role she plays today. Her father’s brother was the heir and no one could have anticipated the circumstances that resulted in his abdication 10 years later.

From late 1936, when King George VI ascended to the Throne, Elizabeth’s life changed utterly and became a preparation for an adulthood spent in the service of the nation.

By dint of her great age she is the only head of state most of her subjects will have known. And that is the point: she is the head of state. It suits republicans to portray the Monarchy as some quaint Ruritanian anachronism, expensive to run, elitist, irrelevant, distant and obsolete.

But they completely misunderstand the symbolism of the role. When we celebrate the Queen’s official birthday later this summer or her Jubilees, we are not merely saluting the person but the nation that she personifies.

We do not have a national day, as republics such as America or France do, which are invariably linked to some violent moment in their history. But monarchical milestones are our opportunity to embrace and cheer the essence of the nation: its myth and continuity, and the renewal of an ancient contractual relationship between state and people.

Such symbolism is not possible with elected heads of state, here today and gone tomorrow. It is what makes this country different, unique even, and its loss would be incalculable.

Moreover, a constitutional monarchy acts as a restraint on abuse of power especially when it has been in the same, safe hands for so long. During the Queen’s reign there have been 12 prime ministers, she has signed more than 3,500 Bills into law and opened Parliament nearly 60 times.

She will do so again next month, God willing, showing remarkable dedication, stamina and fitness in one of her age. The same qualities apply to her husband and constant companion, the Duke of Edinburgh, her “rock and stay”.

We too easily knock ourselves as a nation without seeing what many outsiders admire and envy: our history, our stability, our institutions – all of which come together in the Queen and the position she occupies.

Her lifetime has seen that country change profoundly and yet the monarchy, while adapting to the new demotic realities, has managed to stay every bit as vital: more accessible, less expectant of deference and less stuffy perhaps, but still a line back into our past.

It has been the Queen’s accomplishment to have kept the monarchy relevant at a time when it could have been overrun by the forces of modernism.

The Queen stands for family, community and country, a passive patriotism that most of her subjects understand and appreciate. Her loyal service to her people is reciprocated by their loyalty to her, and to what she stands for.

In times gone by, the British have retained a love for monarchy even when they have not loved the monarch; nowadays, under the glare of a media spotlight that never used to exist — even at the beginning of the Queen’s reign – the affection in which she is held is an important bulwark for the institution itself.

Her Majesty has reached the age of 90 blessed with an extraordinary physical constitution inherited from her mother, the late Queen Mother, who lived until she was over 100.

In wishing her Happy Birthday, we can only hope the Queen will one day be obliged to send herself a telegram, or its modern equivalent, on achieving the same milestone.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:10 PM
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A wonderful tribute and very true.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:26 PM
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The quality of the picture is too dark and Mia, Savannah and Charlotte are almost unrecognizable. Everyone is dress in tones of pink and/or blue.
I have read that HM wanted something that resembled the older style of paintings and hence the darker hues than is normal in the early 21st century. To a large extend HM is still a woman of the mid-20th and not of the early 21st and in other ways she is very much a person of the present.

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Mia given the great responsibility of holding Gan-Gan's treasured purse.
In the same article I read the above I read that Mia simply picked it up - nothing about being given the responsibility at all - just a spontaneous moment captured on film.

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Isla looks like Princess Anne.

All the children look lovely and well behaved.
All children can look well-behaved in an instant - and that is all this is - a fraction on one second in time.

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The Queen looks very happy and content.
To me she looks unsure of herself. She doesn't seem all that comfortable with the children and certainly holding Charlotte she looks tentative (I wonder, i like the famous photo of Queen Victoria holding one of her great-grandchildren there is a staff member kneeling down behind her actually holding Charlotte.)

The Queen looks happiest with Anne and the dogs - nothing new there as she has always looked happiest with dogs and horses or with Philip or Anne. She always looks tense when with her sons or grandchildren - as if wondering where the next crisis will come from ...
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:41 PM
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She seemed happy in the stamp photo with Charles, William and George. She sure booked it over KP to see newborn George and Charlotte.


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Old 04-20-2016, 09:45 PM
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Any official or reliable source that Prince Charles will host a 90th birthday dinner for the Queen at Windsor with 60 invited guest?

Only two unreliable tabloids have made this claim.

If it is true, hopefully there are images of the guest arriving.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:55 PM
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It will probably be mostly family so sort of like the Christmas BP lunch where you just get the driving through the palace gates.


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Old 04-20-2016, 10:00 PM
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Wonderful photo of the Queen and little ones. I think Mia stole the show with the hand bag


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Old 04-20-2016, 10:35 PM
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To me she looks unsure of herself. She doesn't seem all that comfortable with the children and certainly holding Charlotte she looks tentative (I wonder, i like the famous photo of Queen Victoria holding one of her great-grandchildren there is a staff member kneeling down behind her actually holding Charlotte.)

The Queen looks happiest with Anne and the dogs - nothing new there as she has always looked happiest with dogs and horses or with Philip or Anne. She always looks tense when with her sons or grandchildren - as if wondering where the next crisis will come from ...
Not to be rude, but that is completely wrong. She is the opposite. I could have posted a lot of pictures/wideos, but not here in the birthday thread.

The Queen has a very good relationship with her children/grandchildren and they all talk about her kindness, sense of humour and how easy she is to talk to.

Her staffers say the same, and as Sophie said in the Sky News documentary: The shildren adore her, and she's alwais in control. And she newer looks unsure/uncomfortable with children or when she held Charlotte, but she is 90.

And you don't need to answer me, because we will never agree anyway.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:38 PM
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Is it just me or does Isla look uncannily like William at that age?
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:53 PM
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I can see it a bit. Not surprising though as Peter and Will look a lot alike, especially when they were younger.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:05 PM
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It would be lovely if the photoshoot was video recorded with all the children interacting with each other and the Queen.

Would love to see the parents trying to wrangle their toddler..

Maybe at Christmas they will release a video of the photoshoot or maybe release it to celebrate Prince Philip's birthday.

Ah the thought of Prince Philip surrounded by five little ones all running around him.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:21 PM
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The BRF don't tend to release those sorts of images believing rightly that they are their private lives and so are kept private.

We probably won't get any pictures at all of this dinner, unless there are some of some guests arriving but even that can be avoided if the royals really wish it by simply having the people arrive earlier than expected and changing inside the castle.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:49 PM
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Has there been any interviews or photos of Andrew and his girls. I have seen the rest of the family in interview or photos etc there is so much about I thought I might have missed it


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Old 04-21-2016, 12:00 AM
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Andrew and both girls were included in the documentary

Photo wise the only grandchildren we have seen are William and the Wessex kids. William is the future king so he was in the generational. The Wessexes are young enough to be included with the 'kiddy photo'. Harry, Zara, Peter and the York girls fell in the middle. They were in the video (cant remember if Zara was), and I'd think they will all make appearances at some of the celebrations.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:57 AM
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Thank you I thought I had missed something over the last few days 💐


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Old 04-21-2016, 02:02 AM
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The Quiz has the following question:

How many greatgrandchildren does HM have?

Options - 0, 2, 4, 6 (hard to get the answer correct when they don't have the correct answer as an option - 5) They even said it was 2 (obviously only counting George and Charlotte and ignoring Savannah, Isla and Mia)

I therefore ended up with a score of 11/12 - which is really all that anyone who knows the Queen can get correct.
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Old 04-21-2016, 03:58 AM
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I long the one with thr Queen and Princess Charlotte.
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Old 04-21-2016, 04:13 AM
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BBC One - The Day I Met the Queen, Ainsley Harriott
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To mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, chef Ainsley Harriott is in his home city of London meeting ordinary people with extraordinary stories of when they met HM the Queen. His heartwarming and often moving journey around south east England has him meeting a couple who have been married for 63 years, thanks to the Queen.

Dog-lover Ainsley meets a corgi who found a new home after meeting the Queen, and he cooks up a dinner fit for a Queen as he reminisces about his job as chef for Princess Margaret, whose sister often popped round for lunch.
Watch live: tvpc.com - BBC 1 09:15 - APR 21.
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