Tuesday, 9 November 2010

ABC Wednesday - Q

Q is for Queen
HM Queen Elizabeth II

The following words are part of Queen Elizabeth's 21st birthday speech, on 21 April 1947, when she was still Princess Elizabeth.

"I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong".

She became Queen in 1952 and was crowned at her coronation in June the following year. I imagine Her Majesty had a few qualms on that day.

The following picture shows detail of her beautiful gown. What a quantity of stitches there must be in a piece of work of such quality.

Do you suppose they ate quiche and queen cakes at the party afterwards, or queen of puddings. Maybe they danced the quick-step or even the quadrille.

She is still, at 84 years of age, devoting her life to the service of her people and I heard on the news at the weekend that she has just become a member of Facebook!

The following video captures some off-duty moments.

Thanks go to Mrs Denise Nesbitt and her team who host ABC Wednesday. For more looks at this week's letter, please click here.


Sylvia K said...

Great post for the Q Day! Interesting and I do remember very well when she was crowned and thinking how sorry I felt for her at having to assume so much responsibility and such a young age! Hope your week is going well!


Jama said...

The first time the Queen visited Singapore long time ago, we named our new town after her, the Queenstown. Still a growing town now.

photowannabe said...

I thouroughly enjoyed the Queen in her off times. It was fun to see a smiling and laughing Queen. Its not a picture that's shown very often.

EG Wow said...

I bet she never guessed she'd reign for such a long, long time!

Most Canadians LOVE it when she visits our country.

Roger Owen Green said...

Always had a connection w QE2. She had her coronation and I was born the same year.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Mom vs. the boys said...

ha! I heard that too, do you suppose it would really be her posting though? great post

Wanda said...

What lovely photos and video of the Queen.

The close up of the fabric is wonderful.

Hildred and Charles said...

What an absolutely charming video Anne, - I have so much admiration for the Queen and it is lovely to see her in her more lighthearted moments. Many years ago we went to a garden party that was held in her honour in Victoria (British Columbia) and I was so impressed t=with her presence.

Pam said...

A wonderful posting Anne! I have tremendous admiration for Her Majesty that seems to grow more each year. One of my holiday highlights is to put BBC America on and watch her Christmas Day speech. Thanks for posting this!
Oh, and I found British Royal Family on FB - is that the same thing?

Tumblewords: said...

She's a remarkable woman. Nice post!

Erika B said...

Great "Q"-post! I chose queen myself this week.

Erika B

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Anne,
So beautiful story in your post!
Thanks for sharing and also for the video!
Hugs and purrs
mommy Léia and little Luna

jabblog said...

Lovely post, Anne. I really enjoyed the video - it's always good to see the 'good and the great' at ease and what an infectious giggle she has :-)

Gill - That British Woman said...

you have to admire her for her devotion to the people of Britain.

I just pray and hope the Charles decides to hand over the crown to William instead of taking it himself!!

Gill in Canada

Misfit in Paradise said...

You can never go wrong with a queen!
Donna - ABC Wednesday

Cynthia L. H. said...

What a fun post! I've been fascinated by England's Kings and Queens for as long as I can remember.
(An American longing for something royal, I suppose...)
Facebook!!! That's amazing! I'll have to look for her!