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June 2, 2012

Another Jubilee story

Filed under: The English — theotheri @ 3:01 pm

The House of Windsor from 1952

Today’s London Times tells the story about Queen Elizabeth and her mother, the Queen Mother, who was the Queen consort to her husband who ascended to the throne after his brother’s abdication in 1936 until King George died in 1952.  She was immensely popular, and is particularly famous for her response during World War II when it was suggested that for the safety of her family she should leave England and go to Canada with her children:  ‘The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.’

Sometime during her reign, her daughter, the present Queen Elizabeth II went with her mother to a theatre in London.  They were clearly having a spat about something, and as they entered the royal box in the theatre, her mother was heard to say “Who do you think you are?”

To which her daughter replied “The queen, Mummy.  The queen.”

The royal family right now are held in great affection.

It is, however, rainy and cold, a condition that is predicted to continue for the next four days.  Apparently that’s what it was like when Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952.  She insisted, nonetheless, on riding in an open carriage.

Rain, after all, is very British.



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