Humpday History Highlight

Queen Elizabeth II Takes The Throne

Sixty years ago today, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the English throne.

On this day in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham. Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27…

Elizabeth understood the value of public relations and allowed her 1953 coronation to be televised, despite objections from Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others who felt it would cheapen the ceremony. Elizabeth, the 40th British monarch since William the Conqueror, has worked hard at her royal duties and become a popular figure around the world. In 2003, she celebrated 50 years on the throne, only the fifth British monarch to do so.

England rarely makes women like Elizabeth anymore. She demanded to volunteer during World War II, and became a truck mechanic and driver after her father said nursing duty in London was too dangerous. Say what you like about her, but she’s always been Britain’s other Iron Lady.

God save the Queen.

8 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. loaded dice in vegas

    One hell of a Lady. Too bad her son is such a nitwit stiff.
    He must be the generation inteligence skipped.

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  2. Jeff Gauch

    Your list of Her Maj’s accomplishments is incomplete. We cannot forget that she was the recipient of an iPod containing Barack Obama’s speeches from the great man himself.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to figure out why my sarcasm detector is billowing smoke.

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  3. Dr. Evil

    Nothing against Thin Lizzie up there, but it sickens me that monarchs are still held in high regard. Especially when they are just figure heads and don’t really do anything other than drain tax payer money. It’s like voting Democrat!

    And why the eff are Americans enamored with her and the Duchess? Our fore fathers fought to get away from that crap!

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    1. realwest

      Well I think the big reason that the Queens and the Royals are held in high esteem is exactly BECAUSE they are just figure heads and don’t really do anything.
      We’ve got a wannabe Emperor over here and his popularity is in large part because HE doesn’t really do anything either, and when he does do something it always wrong.

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  4. Jim Scrummy

    To bad her son, Chuck, turned out to be a d-bag. Chuck’s sons turned out to be good human beings thus far in life.

    Smart and savvy business woman, the Queen.

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  5. Wyatt Earp Post author

    LDIV – No kidding. Thank God she has lived long enough to keep that imbecile off the throne.

    Jeff – I’m she she cherished it. Or not.

    Rick – One can only hope.

    JT – Looking at you, Colonies!

    Dr, Evil – Because Lizzie fought her father to help out during WWII, and because Kate is smoking hot?

    Real – And because Elizabeth and Kate are much more humble and unassuming than our current King.

    Jim – Agreed. William and Harry seem like terrific, honorable men. Dad? Meh.

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