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Gawd Bless ER

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by , 2 Jun 2012 at 5:07 am (9145 Views)
The next few days are going to have a festival air about them, here in this sceptres isle. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has reached her 60th year on the throne as head of state of the Commonwealth Realms, which means following a tradition of holidays, street parties, and everyone going loopy for the Union Flag. More so than usual, I mean.

The British royal family has its awful side, individual members or whole branches of which polite society wouldn't want anything to do with, but it's all tempered by the one at the top, who's really not such a bad stick.

Our national sense of identity is neatly represented by Elizabeth II; she's a calming presence for most amongst all the shrill shrieks of national debate and hard times, seemingly always there to allow us the thought "well, at least the top job's being done right".

Very few heads of state get to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee in whatever its form. Some are very long lived, but not many, especially nowadays, are in power long enough to reach 60 years. Victoria is the only other monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to reign this long, and is currently the second longest-ruling head of state, after the King of Thailand.

Personally, I consider myself to be English much of the time. There are times when I'm ashamed of that by association to some ugly events we take part in, but mostly I am proud to beat the drum for England. Today, and for the next few days of June at least, I'm equally proud to say I am British.

Put the kettle on!
Hoist the flag!
Long live the Queen!
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