In which, as my good friend, the notable historian and scholar of monarchy Ryan Hunter, puts it:
“Her Majesty Queen Mary (redoubtable queen consort of George V from 1910-1936, queen mother of Edward VIII and then George VI from 1936-1952, and grandmother to HM The Queen til her death in 1953) articulates a deeply conservative, traditional vision of monarchy as a divine blessing for the careful, dignified, and noble stewardship of peoples and a covenantal relationship between God, the monarch, and the people.”
Source: Train journey remembers fallen of WWI – British Army Website
“100 years after British Troops left in their hundreds of thousands on trains to fight in the First World War, modern soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers gathered on the platform at King’s Cross to meet another important train representing those who never made the journey home. The railway helped Britain’s forces to mobilise and The Fusiliers were among the first soldiers to leave for the front as part of the British Expeditionary Force.
Coinciding with the centenary of the eve of the end of the Battle of the Somme, Virgin Trains ran a special Remembrance themed locomotive across this morning’s East Coast route.”
The English church is still wrestling with the consequences of a terrible demographic, psychic, spiritual, cultural, and philosophical catastrophe.
Source: The Great War’s damage to the English soul and church – Covenant
“North Americans, especially Episcopalians, hold onto dated, romantic perceptions of England and the English. They tend to view Britain through a Downton Abbey lens, but that country has long since ceased to exist, its lifeblood drained out in Flanders Fields. Yes, we should admire the courage and tenacity of the 20th-century British, but let us never forget that the price of standing firm was beyond what the nation could afford.”
Perhaps the saddest thing of all is that the Great War, and for that matter its “second chapter,” never had to happen… foolish choices, some rooted in arrogance, some in idealism, brought this upon England, Europe, and the world. Will we ever learn?