London History: the young Queen Elizabeth II

June 17, 2013

jubilee banners bestThose royals are a hardy bunch! The Queen is celebrating her 60th year on the throne and Jubilee banners are everywhere.

The first night I was home, I dreamed that I spent an afternoon strolling museums with Her Majesty. She was very pleasant.

Royal visit to Hertfordshire

She’s in pretty damn good shape for woman of 87 years. The Queen Mum died at age 101–can you imagine? So I’m not so sure Charles will make it to the throne any time soon.

Elizabeth was a beautiful young woman when she took the throne in 1953, and I was able to capture some historic video of her coronation that was playing at the Royal Mews. It’s hard to imagine what went through her mind as she grieved her father’s death and prepared for a lifelong role of such significance–and restriction.

These videos give an idea of what a big deal the monarchy was in 1953. The size of the crowd was awesome.

Love to know your thoughts on the monarchy.

4 comments on “London History: the young Queen Elizabeth II
  1. Susan Cooper says:

    I Do enjoy hearing about the english monarchy. I’m not exactly sure why other then it’s a throwback to believing in fairytales. Who doesn’t like kings, queens, prince and princesses. 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Me, too! It’s just so different from what we’re used to that it’s like a story…but what a burden for this young, now old, woman.

  3. Ginger Kay says:

    I can’t imagine anyone better suited to the role than Elizabeth.

  4. admin says:

    Ginger, yes, she really has done an admirable job. And yet, I wonder if she ever wonders about what a different, more free life would be like. I’m reading about Victoria right now…different kind of monarch, different era, of course. I’m a big fan of QE2, though.

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