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Cheers Greet Windsor Walkabout
BBC.com ^ | August 21, 2006 | Lucy Wilkins

Posted on 04/21/2006 12:22:10 PM PDT by Cecily

For today was a prime queen-spotting occasion - her 80th birthday.

Crowds had gathered from early morning for a glimpse of her, many with bouquets and birthday cards.

They were being watched not only by camera crews and photographers but also police marksmen stationed high on the castle's turrets, binoculars trained on the expectant people.

Many of the well-wishers had found elevated perches - window ledges, bus stops, bollards - from which to see the monarch.

As the crowd grew, a Beefeater band marched down the High Street and school children excitedly waved their union jacks.

For Lucy Gyngell, aged six and three-quarters, her day out from Eton Porney School was a chance to "wave our flags and say long live the Queen".

Lucy Gyngell thought the Queen had a boring job "replying to letters"

"I saw her on telly once. She spends all her day replying to letters - it's so boring," Lucy said, but thought she was "really good" nonetheless.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: elizabeth; queen
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She has done a great job her entire adult life. Too bad His Royal Chuckness doesn't seem like he is going to be a worthy successor.
1 posted on 04/21/2006 12:22:11 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily

Happy Birthday, your Majesty, from the FReepers.


2 posted on 04/21/2006 12:23:52 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Cecily

Happy birthday!

I know a lady who made a cake for her 50th anniversary of her coronation.


3 posted on 04/21/2006 12:25:53 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: theDentist
I'll hoist a pint of damn good Brit beer in her honor tonight.


4 posted on 04/21/2006 12:27:14 PM PDT by Toby06 (Make illegal immigration illegal!)
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To: Cecily
Pssst....

Hey Britain, Your Queen is German, pass it on...

5 posted on 04/21/2006 12:28:38 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Actually, she is half Scottish.


6 posted on 04/21/2006 12:31:31 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily


Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth!

7 posted on 04/21/2006 12:33:35 PM PDT by MEG33 ( GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Cecily

What's the other half?


8 posted on 04/21/2006 12:34:19 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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To: Angus MacGregor

German. But using your logic, I could say that Great Britain has a Scottish queen.


9 posted on 04/21/2006 12:38:58 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily
The House of Windsor came into being in 1917, when the name was adopted as the British Royal Family's official name by a proclamation of King George V, replacing the historic name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, its orginal German name. Britian at the time was fighting the Germans in WWI.

It remains the family name of the current Royal Family.

10 posted on 04/21/2006 12:40:50 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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To: Cecily
George I

George II

George III

George IV

William IV

Victoria

Edward VII

George V

Edward VIII

George VI

Elizabeth II

All German...

11 posted on 04/21/2006 12:45:12 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Terrier, maybe? :)


12 posted on 04/21/2006 12:47:24 PM PDT by derllak
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To: Angus MacGregor

Their bloodline is getting more British. Charles's heir William is half English, one quarter Scottish, and three quarters German. The same is true of all of the queen's grandchildren, since all her kids married Englishmen or women.


13 posted on 04/21/2006 12:50:54 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Angus MacGregor

Elizabeth's mother was fully Scottish, so you can't really say ER II is a full-blooded German.


14 posted on 04/21/2006 12:52:18 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily

She's a pretty nice girl...but she doesn't have a lot to say.


15 posted on 04/21/2006 12:54:54 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: Cecily

Let me join everyone else in saying,

"Happy Birthday, Your Majesty."


16 posted on 04/21/2006 12:57:17 PM PDT by chs68
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To: Cecily
I'm just giving you a hard time. :)

I find the history of the royals to be fascinating.

FYI... If the Queen lives another 10 years she will be the longest reigning British Monarch of all times.

Victoria reigned for 63 years.

17 posted on 04/21/2006 12:57:35 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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Didn't Queen Elizabeth change the name of her family to Mountbatten-Windsor at one time in honor of her husband Prince Philip?

Anyway, best wishes to Her Majesty (for a "German" monarch, her English accent is superb).


18 posted on 04/21/2006 1:11:01 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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Why are the offspring of Edward VII and his wife Alexandria considered German when Alexandria was DAnish?

And isn't Prince Phillip actually part Greek/Danish?

19 posted on 04/21/2006 1:14:00 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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Didn't Queen Elizabeth change the name of her family to Mountbatten-Windsor at one time in honor of her husband Prince Philip?

Yes.

When a Queen dies the house of the husband becomes the royal house.

So to keep both houses "official" the Queen took both her name and Philip's and created a new house name.

Thus when Prince Charles becomes Charles III his house will be Mountbatten-Windor.

20 posted on 04/21/2006 1:16:39 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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