Tuesday 8 February 2011

Happy Accession Day!

Today marks the fifty-ninth anniversary of the current Queen's reign and I've posted this fantastic video which is a very rare example of the Queen reflecting on her life and career. I absolutely love this video. "It's a very dingy world otherwise..." 

For those interested in genealogies and royal titles, the Queen's current title in the United Kingdom is: -

Elizabeth the Second, By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. 

A full recording of the National Anthem, for those in a patriotic state of mind, can be watched on YouTube here. Usually, as in America, only the first verse is sung, but on special occasions, I believe, all three are still used.


  1. Thank you for sharing this! I'm always fascinated with the traditions and ceremony surrounding the monarchy and I sometimes wonder what the Queen is like behind the scenes. I've heard many accuse her of being stiff and too formal, but by this video, it's plain to see how much she loves her country and her people.

  2. Living by "tradition and continuity"! She certainly does appreciate her role very well. Do you think her heir will be as molded by the job for life as much as she has been?

  3. Delightful. Do you know what was the occasion for recording these remarks? I believe this is the closest HM has ever come to an interview.


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