Happy Anniversary Diamond Liz

6 Feb
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II X

Image via Wikipedia

The Queen has been on the throne sixty years today.  Anyone else would be allowed to retire.

"Princess Lilibet". Derivative image...
Image via Wikipedia

To celebrate, here are some interesting facts:

  • My Nan was born 18 April 1914 and named Elizabeth, known as Lil.  The Queen was born 21 April 1926 and named Elizabeth, known as Lilibet.  Coincidence?
  • The Queen is visited by the reigning Prime Minister every Tuesday that she’s home in Buck House.  Some jobs suck.
  • The Queen has attended 34 Royal Variety performances.  Like I said: some jobs suck.
  • The Queen has two birthdays, one the actual and one the official.  She gets to ride with handsome soldiers on horses in June for her public birthday.  Nice, but I’d prefer a box of Maltesers.
  • The Queen is the only royal female to serve in the armed forces.  My Mum was in the Army for three years, apart from the time she went awol.   She and a friend ran home to Liverpool from Richmond; my Nan gave them a meal, bath and bed, then took them to the police station next morning, to turn themselves in.  The Army took them back.  The Army didn’t know what they were letting themselves in for.
  • The Queen has nine royal thrones: one at the House of Lords, two at Westminster Abbey, six in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.  I have two: one upstairs; one down. 
  • Queen Elizabeth II is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror stole the crown of England.  From Bill to Lil in forty easy steps.
  • The Queen speaks fluent French.  Blame it on her Norman ancestry.
  • Prince Andrew was born in 1960, eight years after she came to the throne.  That makes her the first reigning Queen to have a child since Queen Victoria gave birth to Princess Beatrice in 1857.  The first Queen Regnant pregnant.

I would like to tell you the story about the Queen and the farting horse, but I’ve told it at least three times in this blog, and probably more.  Instead, here’s a link to it.

Happy Anniversary, Queenie.

31 Responses to “Happy Anniversary Diamond Liz”

  1. frizztext February 6, 2012 at 13:12 #

    I’ve sent your post to twitter too!

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  2. frizztext February 6, 2012 at 13:13 #

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  3. viv blake February 6, 2012 at 13:15 #

    Your Majesty, please forgive the lèse majesté of my lovely friend Tilly – she’s only wanting to make us laugh. I close my ears to stories of farting horses.

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    • Tilly Bud February 7, 2012 at 11:39 #

      I’m a massive royalist and I know the Queen would like this because she has a great sense of humour.

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  4. Pseu February 6, 2012 at 13:43 #

    Unlikely to abdicate, she’s likely still to be queen at 100 + !!!

    Like Andrew, I was born in 1960. About my only claim to Royalty fame…

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  5. kolembo February 6, 2012 at 14:46 #

    Great post!

    Apparently she’s on her way here – TreeTops Kenya – where she got news of the death and became Queen.

    Toilet construction ongoing apace!

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  6. sarsm February 6, 2012 at 14:52 #

    Great post Tilly. Fluent French eh?

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  7. adinparadise February 6, 2012 at 15:05 #

    Lovely post, Tilly. I admire her Majesty so much.

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  8. gigihawaii February 6, 2012 at 15:56 #

    I like old Liz more than I like her eldest son. Long live the Queen!

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  9. laurieanichols February 6, 2012 at 17:13 #

    Thank you for the Queenly trivia, interesting tidbits of information. When I was twenty my friends and I were in Edinburgh for the weekend and I crossed the street forgetting hot to properly cross a street being an impatient American tourist and I was almost hit by a grand black car, I jumped back onto the sidewalk and I looked in the back seat and there she was the Queen! She is an amazing woman, I could have said excusez-moi and bonjours!

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  10. Hattie February 6, 2012 at 18:29 #

    She has all those thrones, and I don’t have a single one!!!

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  11. Viciously Sweet February 6, 2012 at 18:54 #

    I feel like I learned so much about the queen… with a bunch of giggles attached!

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  12. 1stjoeyanna February 6, 2012 at 19:23 #

    Nice research! 🙂

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    • Tilly Bud February 7, 2012 at 11:55 #

      Whenever I try to get on your blog, WP says you don’t exist. But I’m sure I’ve visited you.

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  13. SchmidleysScribbling February 6, 2012 at 19:41 #

    I love the Queen. She was coronated when I was a child. I had a three-D viewer with scenes from the coronation. I have always felt she was my personal Queen. Some of us think we never should have had that Revolution against her great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, but he was one weird bloke. Dianne

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  14. Paula Tohline Calhoun February 6, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Happy Anniversary, QE II! Thanks, Tilly, for the “info!” LOL

    The farting horse story is one of my favorites ever – I heard it told once on a BBC program years ago.

    Perhaps i should post my photo of Queen me?

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  15. kateshrewsday February 6, 2012 at 22:57 #

    Love this: I can never get enough Liz…fancy having to have tea with David Cameron every Tuesday.

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    • SidevieW February 7, 2012 at 08:42 #

      as i said, she has to put up with a lot in her job

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  16. SidevieW February 7, 2012 at 08:41 #

    funny I was thinking about her job/life this morning

    lol at the horse joke

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  17. eof737 February 9, 2012 at 07:38 #

    Happy, happy Queen Liz! 😉

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  18. BeckySefton February 9, 2012 at 17:43 #

    She was quite beautiful as a young lady.

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