Monday, August 13, 2018

The Queen

I bought this pretty book because I thought the cover was beautiful and it would be a nice coffee table book.  It is not a biography of the Queen, but is about her life and reign.  This book is full of gorgeous photos of the Queen and her family and it also includes several side stories of people who serve the Queen.

I have been planning for some time to write about the Queen and her lifestyle.  Due to her recent public appearance cancellations, for the first time EVER, the Queen's funeral and mourning plans have been rehearsed by ministers.  Ugh!  I can't deal with that news.  I will go into this subject in another post, but for now I feel it's time to show my admiration of her style.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London, April 21, 1926, to the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth was married to Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.

The official wedding family portrait, November 20, 1947.

After her father ascended to the throne in 1936 on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, she became the heir presumptive.  Upon her father's death in 1952, she became queen regnant and was coronated as the Queen (after a mourning period) on June 2, 1953.  Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 65 years, longer than any British monarch in history
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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburg with Prince Charles, Prince Andrew,  Anne--Princess Royal, and Prince Edward.

I love this photo of Queen regal and elegant!
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These are a few notable facts about the Queen:
~Her nickname is "Lilibet" which was given to her by her late sister Margaret when they were little girls--because Margaret constantly mispronounced her big sister's name.
~Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth are third cousins, sharing the same great-great grandparents--Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
~The Queen can travel anywhere she wants--no passport needed; nor does she need a driver's license.
~Her love of corgis is well known and she has owned more than 30 of them during her reign.  She stopped breeding them in 2015 because she didn't want to leave any behind after she died. (sniff sniff)
~Her last Corgi, Willow, died this past April. (sniff sniff, again)  She still has 2 dogs, Vulcan and Candy, which are her "Dorgis"--Dachshund and Corgi cross breeds.

Everyone wants to know what the Queen eats and drinks.  Well, according to reports, she loves Special K cereal with fruit (strawberries or peaches) in the morning, along with an Earl Grey tea.  She sometimes has toast and marmalade or scrambled eggs.

For lunch, she prefers fish with vegetables. 

Afternoon tea is at 5:00 p.m. sharp!  Her tea sandwiches are cut into squares, with the corners cut off--similar to an octagon-like shape; of course, the bread crusts are cut off.

For dinner, she likes lamb, roast beef, or salmon.  Anything chocolate is her favorite dessert.

Cocktails? Well, Queen Elizabeth loves her cocktails!  A glass of wine at lunch, a dry martini with dinner, champagne with dessert at dinner, and a Gin and Dubonnet nightcap.  Whew!  Being a Queen is not easy!

What does she NOT like?  Garlic, onions, out-of-season fruit, white eggs (she only eats brown eggs), rare meat (her meat must be well done), rice, potatoes, and pasta.  Of course, I'm sure the Queen practices proper dining etiquette when she is at an event outside of her home and eats whatever she is served, without complaints.

Thank you for visiting me today.  Tomorrow I will be talking about the Queen's Ladies-in-Waiting.


Gramspearls said...

Dear Miss Janice,

I just finished watching the first season of 'The Crown', so your British themed posts of late have been so interesting. I'm on the look out for the August Victoria magazine.

I can't imagine her not being The Queen, either. I just ordered and received a Launer Traviata (the Queen's handbag of choice). I just love it. Perhaps, your wish list will become a bit longer when you see all the choices.

Warmly, Kathleen

Alison said...

The Queen's food dislikes sound like she avoids having bad breath (garlic and onions) and weight gain from too many carbs. Sensible lady! I can't imagine doing her job for all the years she has. Its wonderful to see Prince William starting to take on more responsibility. He will make a fine King one day. No disrespect to his father, Prince Charles, but I think William will be a more modern and more popular King. He has an amazing example in his grandmother.

Donna said...

There will always be only one Queen Elizabeth.

Miss Janice said...

Congrats on getting that iconic bag! I might look into one soon. What color/style did you get?