As many of you know, I am a HUGE Anglophile. Anything and everything British, I absolutely adore, especially the royal family. I may not always agree with their politics, but there is something about them that I can’t help but love! And, one of the royals just celebrated a HUGE accomplishment. This is why she is today’s wonderful woman highlighted on Her’s Day Thursday!
Queen Elizabeth II has now surpassed her great, great grandmother in becoming England’s longest reigning monarch! Queen Elizabeth II took the throne on February 6, 1952. (For those of you who have seen the Doctor Who episode titled “The Idiot’s Lantern”, you have seen some of the footage of her coronation and know what a big deal it was that her coronation was televised. And yes, I get much of my history knowledge from DW.)
She has met twelve U.S. Presidents, twelve British Prime Ministers, and even has a message written to the crew of the Apollo 11 that is microfilmed and STILL on the moon today!
Though many see her as a staunch, stiff-upper-lipped symbol of old-fashioned times, she has actually helped push the royal family into modern times. She set out a formal decree ensuring that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn (whether it was to be a boy or a girl) would have royal titles and be placed in the line of succession. This was a huge moment because had Prince George been a girl and the queen not changed the law; the princess would have been replaced in the line of succession by her younger brother.
Queen Elizabeth also strives to be relatable to the public. She is the only royal who has taken a car maintenance course and even changed her own spark plugs during the Second World War! The queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress as a sign of solidarity during the rationing in the 1940’s.
The queen continues to try and modernize the monarchy, by taking steps to shut down the Civil List (the public fund that provides funds to the royal family), make private treasures available for public viewing, and become more accessible, herself, to the public.
Its good to be queen.