This week Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, over-taking the unfortunate George III of Georgian and Regency fame. She has reigned for over 59 years and now ranks second only to Queen Victoria, who died after 63 years on the throne. Given her health and stamina, it’s not unreasonable to assume that she will overtake Victoria, and leave her son Charles waiting in the wings for several more years.
According to The Daily Telegraph, a total of 12 prime ministers and six archbishops of Canterbury have served Elizabeth II. And one of my favorite stats is that she has played host to more than one million garden party guests over the years. Crikey! That’s a lot of canapes.
Here’s a lovely family portrait of Elizabeth with Charles and Anne, looking much like any young mother during the early 50’s.
The old gal’s put on quite a few miles since then, but despite the many trials and travails she’s faced in her long life, she’s always conducted herself with dignity and grace. Maybe it’s a bit corny of me to say so, but I think she’s swell. So, well done, your Majesty! Here’s wishing you long life and many more productive years to come.