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It seems so very sad, in my opinion that The Queen, if this is true, knew of her fathers death after others. I know that one of the ladies with her spoke, years later of how The D.O.E had said that privately he and HM had wanted a few more private years but it wasn't to be. Her composure on coming down those steps as a bereaved daughter and new Queen were breath taking.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:37 PM
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Catharina, how do you know how our fellow poster is not 185 years old and if they are, can they please pass on the secret of their longevity!
Trust me, there are days I wake up and feel that old.

Most certainly I did mean George VI but as many long time posters here will tell you, I have troubles keeping them numbers straight.

As far as work ethics in the royal family, I really don't think it can be measured from person to person as each one is unique in and of themselves. I think a major difference too between then and now is that we do live in a global society where a burp can be heard around the world in mere seconds.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:44 PM
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Trust me, there are days I wake up and feel that old.

Most certainly I did mean George VI but as many long time posters here will tell you, I have troubles keeping them numbers straight.

As far as work ethics in the royal family, I really don't think it can be measured from person to person as each one is unique in and of themselves. I think a major difference too between then and now is that we do live in a global society where a burp can be heard around the world in mere seconds.
I know feeling! And some days feel like a week. I think we can have some idea how much work is done by written publications by individual royals, press coverage, Court Circular and individual charities. I really do believe that H.M, D.O.E and Princess Anne have impressive work ethics. I believe that they have a sense of duty that shines through. Just my opinion, you youngster:)
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:54 PM
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... and the best part of everything is that if you're having a bad day, you can go back to bed and get up again and start your day over again if you want to.

Oh I definitely agree that the elder royals do above and beyond what would normally be required of them. Charles and Anne both have impressive accomplishments to their names. As time goes by, perhaps we'll be seeing the same dedication in the younger set of the royal family. Children learn by example and in a way, I'm seeing Will, Kate and Harry getting their ducks all in a row to follow in their elders' footsteps. Who knows what the list of accomplishments will be credited to their names 50 years from now. By then I should be a ripe old 235 years old.
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Osipi, you go for it! Aim high, go for 300 years old so you can see Prince George's first engagements.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:59 PM
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Osipi, you go for it! Aim high, go for 300 years old so you can see Prince George's first engagements.
What the heck, I'll aim for both George's and Charlotte's weddings. I do so love royal weddings.
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:37 PM
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I'm planning to purchase the special £20 coin featuring HM's maturity during her reign to add to my growing collection of royal memorabilia. It will now span from George V's silver jubilee (handed down to me from my grandparents, who had an interest in royalty - my mother always says that she skipped the royalist genes and I got them instead ) right up until HM's milestone of being Britain's longest reigning monarch.
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Some more articles from The Telegraph that have been written for the special occasion:

The Queen is 'a still point in a tumultuous world' - Telegraph
Queen Elizabeth's 63-year reign captured in souvenir postcards - Telegraph
Alan Titchmarsh: every time I have met Queen Elizabeth II it has been hugely rewarding - Telegraph
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THE hills will be alive with the sound of bells in Swansea and South West Wales to mark the moment the Queen becomes the nation's longest serving monarch.

Mumbles resident Tony Cottle has organised Wednesday's region-wide peal, which involves around a dozen churches and cathedrals, including All Saints Church, Oystermouth, St Mary's Church, Swansea, St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, plus churches in Llangyfelach, West Cross, Penclawdd and Llanrhidian.

He said he simply phoned the various parishes, and even contacted the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose representatives explained their focus would be on Her Majesty's 90th birthday on April 21 next year.

"I thought we had to do something," said Mr Cottle. "It is such a momentous occasion."
Read more: Bells to ring across West Wales as Queen becomes longest serving monarch | South Wales Evening Post
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:32 AM
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What the heck, I'll aim for both George's and Charlotte's weddings. I do so love royal weddings.
. That is more like it! Me and you, on here discussing the wedding gowns and flowers!
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As she becomes the longest reigning British monarch, a news report from when the Queen moved up to fifth place:

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Although I am an American, I can't remember a time not knowing who Queen Elizabeth II was and I think if asked to identify various persons from a slide show of 100 people, 99% of them would instantly recognize HM.
You are absolutely correct. I have done that. During the wedding of William and Kate, not one of my friends could name any of the other royals attending the service. Plus, they didn't even care. Women commented on the clothes, and which woman tried to outshine each other, that was it. Plus what really annoyed me, the TV news commentators didn't do their homework as even they got names and countries wrong or just stated that "person was another royal from another country." I took a fit.

My personal friends had no idea who Spain's Letizia, Holland's Maxima, Norway's Mette-Merit, Belgium's Mathilde were but did recognize Denmark's Mary mainly because many have vacationed in Australia and have read articles on her while there. Maybe it is the same language thing, who knows, but Queen Elizabeth II is really the only royal most Americans recognize or even want to know anything about. When she is no longer with us, I doubt that the Americans will care as much. Most people here think I am silly to even know so much about royals. Just think it is a silly hobby of mine.
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OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will host a special event at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning sovereign in Canada’s modern era.

On this occasion the Bank of Canada, Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint will respectively unveil a commemorative bank note, stamp and coin, highlighting the historic milestone that Her Majesty will have reached.
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As she becomes the longest reigning British monarch, a news report from when the Queen moved up to fifth place:



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"Queen trumps her namesake"

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Old 09-06-2015, 04:04 PM
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In the same way as her 80th birthday in 2006 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012 she is being glorified by the British press, and rightly so. Both the Telegraph, Times, Mail, Express, Sun and even the Mirror are going out of their way to pay tribute to her. There are also been souvenir editions. Many of these articles has already been posted in this thread.

These are just some of this very long article.

'Silence gives Queen titanic moral standing - Telegraph
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From the death of Prince Albert in 1861 to the Golden Jubilee in 1887, the Queen was largely invisible. A strong republican movement grew up. Her sometimes hysterical behaviour imperilled her position and that of the monarchy. A succession of devoted prime ministers – notably Disraeli and Salisbury, but also Gladstone, to whom she was wickedly ungrateful – shielded her excesses and caprices from public gaze. That our Queen is nothing like her great-great-grandmother is a high compliment.

The country has sometimes ill-treated her. The convulsion of national self-righteousness on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was shameful, and the Queen conducted herself magnificently throughout it – and no thanks to the politicians of the day, who strove repulsively to make what capital they could from it. Similarly, the cry for her to pay income tax conveniently ignored the huge amounts already remitted to the Exchequer by the Crown Estates under a deal made in 1937. The relative frugality in which the Queen lives is almost embarrassing, given how hard she still works in her 90th year.

I have never seen why Walter Bagehot should be the ultimate authority on monarchy, with his definition of the three rights to advise, to encourage and to warn. He was a journalist expressing his opinion, like Dr Starkey and me. Dr Starkey quoted him again, saying the Queen has developed a fourth right, which is to be silent. But silence is logically implicit in the correct exercise of the other three rights: the minute the Queen enters politics, as David Cameron stupidly had her do with his account of her alleged joy at the outcome of last year’s Scottish referendum, her stature is compromised.

Our system works perfectly. To have a Head of State with nearly 64 years’ experience is the greatest boon to the Kingdom. To have a Head of State not of the stamp of Barack Obama, or George W Bush, or François Hollande, or Nicolas Sarkozy is a prize worth protecting. But for the Queen we might be saddled with an absurdity such as “Chris” Patten or, worse, Neil Kinnock as the figurehead of our nation. Never mind her dignity and blamelessness: the lifelong disinterest in politics the Queen brings to her role is priceless; as is her understanding of the subject, and of its practitioners.

One thing that has changed since 1952 is the end of any vestige of deference towards our elected leaders: that is their achievement. Relative to them, the Queen is titanic in her moral standing: that is hers. That gives her massive authority, and should make wise politicians careful in case she threatens to exercise it. We are infinitely better governed because of her than we would otherwise be. Reflect, and rejoice: God save the Queen!
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On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. And in 63 years of dressing for the public eye, she has never put a patent-court-shod foot wrong. Here, we celebrate Her Majesty, style icon
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Rare pictures offering a glimpse of the Queen off-guard unearthed by Sir Harry Secombe's son - Telegraph
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David Secombe, who was working as a stills photographer for the BBC, reveals images taken over the course of eight months

Choosing curtain fabric for her official home in Scotland and sharing a joke with her staff on board a newly-built train, these behind the scenes photographs of the Queen provide a rare glimpse of the monarch off-guard.
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Video: Royals super fan is excited for Queen's record reign - Telegraph
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Once you click on the image and it loads on the Photobucket site, there is a magnifying glass on the righthand side that will make the image full-size.
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Queen Elizabeth II is set to become Britain's longest serving monarch | Daily Mail Online
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When she was just 21 the then Princess Elizabeth made the people of the Commonwealth of Nations a solemn promise.

'I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we belong.

None who heard her words could have known she would go on to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Yet on September 9, 2015, that is her momentous achievement when she overtakes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, having been on the throne for 63 years, seven months and two days.

Duty and patriotism have been been themes of her life and now and nearly 90, the Queen has a huge experience of world and foreign affairs.

Here extracts from a Mail on Sunday special magazine tell the story of some of her happiest and most glorious moments and sadness from both her family life and the life of the country she rules with a picture from each year of her reign.
There are many more nice pictures inside this article which I also like, but I've posted them here before.

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The historic news stories of the Queen in the 1960s | Daily Mail Online
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After almost seven happy and glorious decades on the throne the Queen is set to become Britain's longest serving monarch. On September 9, she will overtake the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Today in the first of a series of features ahead of the historic day, we look back at her reign in papers. Starting with the swinging sixties.
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And of course Her Majesty The Queen and her Prime Ministers / From Telegraph facebook page.

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Video: Queen Elizabeth II: watch how Her Majesty has changed over 63 years - Telegraph
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She was just 25-years-old when she was crowned Queen of Great Britain on the 2 June 1953.

Sixty-three years later, on 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become our longest-reigning monarch ever.

In honour of this, The Telegraph has produced a video showcasing portrait shots from every year of her reign.
33 fun facts as Queen Elizabeth II overtakes Queen Victoria, in pictures - Telegraph

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The Queen and I: 63 memories for 63 years as monarch - BBC News
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On 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning monarch in British history, breaking the record held by her great great grandmother Queen Victoria.

As the Queen marks this milestone we asked you to share your "moments" with her from the past 63 years.

Here is a snapshot of 63 of your memories, one for each year Queen Elizabeth II has been Queen.
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The Queen's Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria- BBC One- Septmeber, 7th at 9PM UK Time-
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history on the evening of 9 September 2015. This documentary compares the lives and the reigns of two extraordinary women who have steered their courses through periods of remarkable change: Elizabeth and Victoria. It follows Queen Elizabeth II on engagements in the UK and abroad as she approaches this historic date. With interviews and archive to illustrate the remarkable stories of these two female monarchs.
BBC One - The Queen's Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria
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