any doubt HRH Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most
popular British monarchs and deservedly so. Queen
Elizabeth II has steadfastly gone about her business
since before her coronation day in June of 1953.
The public adore her so, they would not like to see her
go. She is a pillar or society and a rock in terms
of keeping her family pointed in the right direction.
more importantly, the Queen plays an important role as
the head of state and as an ambassador for the United
Kingdom and colonies. Who wouldn't want such
representation and balanced opinion in their public
relations. But the Queen is ore than that, she is
the genuine article. A good wife, mother and a
stupendous grandmother to boot.
of us here at Solar Navigator HQ offer our most humble
and heartfelt congratulations on this very special
occasion - Happy Birthday your Majesty
Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 saw an unprecedented
outpouring of affection for the royal family, with
hugely successful celebrations to commemorate this
anniversary of Elizabeth the II accession to the throne.
Doubts about the public’s enthusiasm for the Monarchy
were soon crushed by the crowds who greeted her wherever
she went. In 2006, her eightieth birthday will be
celebrated across the nation, and once again the
Queen’s personal popularity will be confirmed.
TO START 80th CELEBRATIONS
The Queen is to begin her birthday celebrations with
a lunch for 99 people who turn 80 on the same day as
guests, who can bring one guest, will gather at
Buckingham Palace before enjoying a three course meal in
the grand Palace Ballroom. Those
attending were picked in a ballot earlier this year,
after applying through their local Lords Lieutenant. The
Queen and her guests were all born on 21 April, 1926.
Invitations were issued on a pro-rata basis to Lords
Lieutenant offices throughout Britain.
birthday men and women will dine around 20 tables inside
the royal home, with some seated next to the Queen or
Duke of Edinburgh. Guests
will also be invited to a drink in the palace's Picture
Gallery before lunch, where priceless portraits adorn
the walls. Betty
Kay, of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, who is due to attend
after her neice put her name forward as a surprise said
she was "dumbfounded" at the invitation. "It
has always been a standing joke in the family that I've
never been invited to the Queen's birthday party, what
with us being born on the same day, never thinking it
would actually come true," she said. "Even
when I was a youngster I would say, well you'd think she
would invite me to her party."
guest, Edna Richards, will travel from Wolverhampton
with her husband John.
am very proud I was chosen as I am a royalist. "I
think she is a marvel. I don't know how she does it all.
Being the same age I know how she must feel." She
added: "I am not really nervous at the moment but I
don't know how I will feel when I get there. It feels
quite unreal." The
Queen will spend her 80th birthday at Windsor Castle,
where Prince Charles will host a family dinner. Other
events are planned including a service of thanksgiving
at St George's Chapel, Windsor on 23 April, and a
service at St Paul's Cathedral on 15 June. The
monarch will also host a birthday Garden Party at
Buckingham Palace for children from all over the UK. On
17 June, the Queen will mark her official birthday with
the Trooping the Colour.
ELIZABETH STILL GOING STRONG AT 80 - 2006-04-17
Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the
traditional Easter Sunday Service at St George's Chapel
in Windsor Castle, April 16, 2006
- Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 80 on Friday with her
popularity intact, abdication firmly ruled out and her
eldest son Charles facing yet another decade as heir in
queen, crowned nearly 53 years ago, has made clear that
she regards her position as "a job for life",
and even ardent Republicans concede that abolition of
the monarchy is a lost cause while a robustly healthy
Elizabeth is on the throne.
The Dutch royals' abdication model does not appeal to
the British queen, who also has vivid memories of her
father being pushed onto the throne in an abdication
crisis that shook the House of Windsor to the core.
Her popularity has revived after a tumultuous decade of
scandals, divorce and tragedy for Britain's most famous
dysfunctional family. Polls show that only one in 10 of
her subjects want Elizabeth to step down, and courtiers
dismiss all talk of Charles, 57, acting as a
"There is no plan for the prince to take over more
duties from the queen. Abdication is absolutely not an
option," a senior royal adviser told Reuters.
Republicans accept defeat for now. "We will not
have a republic while the queen is still alive,"
said Professor Stephen Haseler, chairman of Republic,
the campaign for an elected head of state.
"Enough people in Britain feel the queen has done
quite a good job. The debate about the monarchy doesn't
get serious until the queen goes," he told Reuters.
While keeping up a busy programme of official visits
across Britain, the queen is also firmly committed to
the Commonwealth of former British colonies, and has
travelled more widely than any previous monarch to
promote friendly ties with them.
The monarchy's popularity plummeted in 1997 after the
death in a Paris car crash of Charles's ex-wife Princess
Diana, which provoked an outpouring of public grief that
many Britons felt the royal family should openly share.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey said Elizabeth was quite
right to keep Diana's grieving sons, William and Harry,
away from the public gaze for the first few days after
"Staying with her grandsons, protecting them from
the world, brought her popularity to a record low. That
now seems to have been vindicated as the correct human
priority to pursue," he said.
TENSION WITH CHARLES
Tension between Elizabeth and Charles over his tortuous
love life has also eased since he finally married
Camilla, the love of his life, last year after a 35-year
affair. Diana always blamed Camilla for the breakup of
The queen, recalling the 1936 abdication crisis that
brought heartache to her parents, gave an intriguing
glimpse in a 1990s television documentary into how she
sees her role.
"It's a question of maturing into something one's
got used to doing and accepting the fact that it's your
fate, because I think continuity is very important. It
is a job for life," she said.
Her frail and unprepared father had to take over the
throne as George VI when his elder brother, Edward VIII,
abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Elizabeth is also said to be no fan of the Dutch system
under which queens have abdicated in favour of their
"The Queen is contemptuous of monarchies that do
pick and choose and do retire," said royal
biographer Penny Junor. "One inherits after the
other dies -- that's it."
Elizabeth's widowed mother died at the age of 101 and
Junor concluded "The queen is fit as a flea,
totally in command of her senses. She enjoys it and this
is what she signed up for."
Queen goes holographic
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
has launched 23 ships. She's sat for 139 official
portraits, including one hologram. She's given out more
than 78,000 Christmas puddings. And she's a patron to
more than 620 charities and organizations.
She is, of course, Queen Elizabeth, who will mark her
80th birthday on Friday, a day sure to be a
momentous day in Great Britain. Her birthday week will
be celebrated by a variety of events, including a
reception and lunch Wednesday for others who celebrate
their 80th birthdays the same day as the Queen.
On Friday, Pince Charles will pay a televised
tribute to his mother; he will also host a special
birthday dinner for her and about 25 members of the
Royal Family that evening. And on Sunday, family members
will attend a special Service of Thanksgiving at St.
George's Chapel in Windsor to celebrate the Queen's
To mark the event, Buckingham Palace has released 80
facts celebrating the Queen's 80 years. While some of
the facts are quite snoozy (she has conferred more than
387,700 honors and awards), others are pretty
fascinating (she learned to drive in 1945 when she
joined the army). Here are some of the more interesting
facts from the long life of the long-serving monarch:
The Queen will be celebrating two birthdays this year.
That's because she actually has two recognized birth
dates: her actual birthday (April 21) and her
"official" birthday (marked either the first
or second Saturday in June; this year's will be
celebrated on June 17). Why two birthdays? The tradition
of having an "official" birthday for the
sovereign began for practical reasons when monarchs born
in winter months were prevented from having parades and
outdoor celebrations due to cold and wet weather. King
Edward VII, born on Nov. 9, was the first sovereign to
mark his official birthday on a day that wasn't his
actual birthday. The Queen continues this tradition. She
celebrates her real birthday privately with friends and
family; her official birthday is marked by ceremonies at
POLL April 18, 2006
England - Britain's Queen Elizabeth is the most popular
member of the royal family and more than half her
subjects want her to reign for the rest of her life, a
poll ahead of her 80th birthday suggested today.
survey showed strong support for the Queen to stay on
the throne until she dies (57 percent) while 16 percent
thought she should step aside to make way for William.
26 percent of respondents plumped for the monarch - who
turns 80 on Saturday - as their favorite royal compared
to just one per cent for Camilla, the second wife of
Prince Charles, the Queen's eldest son.
William, Charles' elder son, was second in line
with 21 percent followed by the Queen's only daughter,
Princess Anne, on 11 percent, the poll of 1,500 people
for ITV News television found.
and his younger son Prince Harry, 21, polled four
percent each. Only
12 percent wanted the Queen to abdicate in favor of
also found increased support for the idea of a monarchy:
more than two-thirds (68 percent) still supported the
concept while 13 percent were opposed to having a
successor and want the country to become a republic.
Edward's Crown, 1661
her official duties increased, particularly in
connection with young people: she was President of the
Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children in Hackney and the
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Children. From March 1944 onwards, she also began to
accompany the King and Queen on many of their tours
Shortly after her eighteenth birthday in 1944, Princess
Elizabeth was appointed a Counsellor of State during the
King's absence on a tour of the Italian battlefields
and, for the first time, carried out some of the duties
of Head of State. In August that year, with Queen
Elizabeth, the Princess received an address from the
House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne.
In September 1944, the Princess carried out her first
official tour of Scotland with her parents, including
her first opening ceremony in October when she opened
the recently reconstructed Aberdeen Sailors' Home. The
Princess's first flight by air was in July 1945, when
she accompanied the King and Queen on a two-day visit to
early 1945 the Princess was made a Subaltern in the
Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). By the end of the
war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having
completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical training Centre
of ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver.
the end of the war, Princess Elizabeth's public
engagements continued to grow, and she travelled
extensively to attend public functions throughout the
British Isles. These included the launching of a new
aircraft carrier in Belfast and a tour of Ulster in
March 1946, and attending the National Eisteddfod of
Wales in August 1946.
first official overseas visit took place in 1947, when
she accompanied her parents and sister on a tour of
South Africa. During this tour she celebrated her
twenty-first birthday, and gave a broadcast address
dedicating herself to the service of the Commonwealth -
a dedication she repeated five years later on her
accession to the throne.
her return from the South Africa tour, Princess
Elizabeth received the freedom of the City of London in
June 1947; in July, she received the freedom of the city
of Edinburgh. In
November 1947, Princess Elizabeth was created a Lady of
the Garter at a private investiture by the King.
Queen Elizabeth II coronation day 2 June 1953
After her marriage Princess Elizabeth paid formal visits
with The Duke of Edinburgh to France and Greece; in
autumn 1951 they toured Canada. She also visited Malta
four times while The Duke was stationed there on naval
duties. In 1952, King George VI's illness forced him to
abandon his proposed visit to Australia and New Zealand.
The Princess, accompanied by Prince Philip, took his
place. On 6 February, during the first stage of this
journey, in Kenya, she received the news of her father's
death and her own accession to the throne.
Majesty's coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on
2 June 1953.
of the peers, the Commons and all the great public
interests in Britain, the Prime Ministers and leading
citizens of the other Commonwealth countries, and
representatives of foreign states were present. The
ceremony was broadcast on radio around the world and, at
The Queen's request, on television. It was television,
then in its relative infancy, that brought home the
splendour and the deep significance of the coronation to
many hundreds of thousands of people in a way never
before possible. The coronation was followed by drives
through every part of London, a review of the fleet at
Spithead, and visits to Scotland, Northern Ireland and
In 1660-1, the regalia was entirely remade for
King Charles II and it is these objects, among them the
crown, orb and sceptres with which Queen Elizabeth II
was invested at her coronation, which form the heart of
the collection in the Tower of London today.
In winter 1953 Her Majesty set out to accomplish, as
Queen, the Commonwealth tour she had begun before the
death of her father. With The Duke of Edinburgh she
visited Bermuda, Jamaica, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand,
Australia, Ceylon, Uganda, Malta and Gibraltar. This was
the first of innumerable tours of the Commonwealth they
have undertaken at the invitation of the host
governments. During the past fifty years The Queen and
Prince Philip have also made frequent visits to other
countries outside the Commonwealth at the invitation of
foreign Heads of State.
her Coronation, The Queen has also visited nearly every
county in Britain, seeing new developments and
achievements in industry, agriculture, education, the
arts, medicine and sport and many other aspects of
Head of State, The Queen maintains close contact with
the Prime Minister, with whom she has a weekly audience
when she is in London, and with other Ministers of the
Crown. She sees all Cabinet papers and the records of
Cabinet and Cabinet Committee meetings. She receives
important Foreign Office telegrams and a daily summary
of events in Parliament.
Majesty acts as host to the Heads of State of
Commonwealth and other countries when they visit
Britain, and receives other notable visitors from
overseas. She holds Investitures in Britain and
during her visits to other Commonwealth countries, at
which she presents honours to people who have
distinguished themselves in public life.
Sovereign, Her Majesty is head of the Navy, Army and Air
Force of Britain. On becoming Queen she succeeded her
father as Colonel-in-Chief of all the Guards Regiments
and the Corps of Royal Engineers and as Captain-General
of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and the Honourable
Artillery Company. At her Coronation she assumed similar
positions with a number of other units in Britain and
elsewhere in the Commonwealth. (A full list appears in
year, Her Majesty entertains some 48,000 people from all
sections of the community (including visitors from
overseas) at Royal Garden Parties and other occasions.
At least three garden parties take place at Buckingham
Palace and a fourth at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in
Edinburgh. Additional 'special' parties are occasionally
arranged, for example to mark a significant anniversary
for a charity. In 1997, there was a special Royal Garden
Party attended by those sharing The Queen and The Duke
of Edinburgh's golden wedding anniversary. In the summer
of 2002 there was a special Golden Jubilee Garden Party
for individuals born on Accession Day, 6 February 1952.
Majesty also gives regular receptions and lunches for
people who have made a contribution in different areas
of national and international life. She also appears on
many public occasions such as the services of the Orders
of the Garter and the Thistle; Trooping the Colour; the
Remembrance Day ceremony; and national services at St
Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Queen is Patron or President of over 700 organisations.
Each year, she undertakes a large number of engagements:
some 478 in the UK and overseas in 2003.
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June 1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath
Monarchy web site
This web site provides information on the work of The
Queen today, biographies of the Royal Family, a history
of kings and queens through the ages, background on
Royal residences and art collections, and coverage of
recent Royal events.
The online news magazine of the British Monarchy
website, featuring news, stories and pictures from all
the latest Royal visits and events.
Prince of Wales's web site
The official web site for The Prince of Wales, The
Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Royal Collection is responsible for the management
of works of art and Royal residences held in trust by
The Queen as Sovereign. This web site features
information about visiting Royal residences and an
e-gallery of selected items from the collection.
Information about The Queen's summer residence,
including how to visit the estate.
Web site featuring information about the history of the
house and estate and public access to The Queen's
The Crown Estate manages property owned by The Queen
"in right of the Crown" with origins dating
back almost 1000 years. This official web site provides
detailed information on the estates and their history.
Information about the annual race meet which is opened
and attended by The Queen and other members of the Royal
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Information about the annual international horse show
held at Windsor and patronised by The Queen.
Information about the charity behind the living legends
award ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Includes an extensive history of the chapel as well as
information about contemporary worship.
to contact The Queen
are various ways to contact The Queen:
can write to Her Majesty at the following address:
Majesty The Queen
London SW1A 1AA
can also email The Queen through this web site.
Send an email to Her Majesty
(opens in new window). Please note that, due to
the volume of messages received by e-mail, it is
impossible to provide individual replies. If you would
like to receive a reply, you should write a letter to
The Queen at the above address.
Further information about the Crown Jewels can be found
in the Official Crown Jewels Guidebook.
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