The Queen’s Official Birthday message, 2017 | The Royal Family

Source: The Queen’s Official Birthday 2017 | The Royal Family

Her Majesty has always been extremely attentive, sensitive, and responsive to the needs and moods of her nation. This year she writes,

Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.

As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.

Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.

ELIZABETH R

17th June, 2017

God save The Queen! Long live The Queen! Long may she reign, in peace and prosperity, to lead and guard her people.

Trooping the Colour | The Royal Family

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.

Source: Trooping the Colour | The Royal Family

An “official” Happy Birthday to Her Majesty, The Queen!

Today The Queen and other members of The Royal Family attended Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s birthday parade.

Before The Trooping took place, The Queen led a minute’s silence for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

After the British Army had finished the military ceremony, The Queen joined members of The Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force Red Arrow display.

God save The Queen! Long live The Queen! May she enjoy health and long life, to reign in peace and guard her people.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet those injured in the London Bridge attack. | The Royal Family

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited those injured in the London Bridge terrorists incident, and met the medical staff and emergency services who responded during the attack.

Source: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet those injured in the London Bridge attack. | The Royal Family

Douglas Murray on mass migration, lack of borders

“The public are wondering whether this whole idea of mass migration, of this borderless world is such a good idea and I think the public has come to a different conclusion than the politicians.”

— Douglas Murray, in a BBC interview

A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester | The Royal Family

Her Majesty The Queen visits with one of the young victims of the Manchester suicide bombing at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and commends the Hospital staff.

The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

— Her Majesty The Queen

Source: A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester | The Royal Family

Brexit: what’s happening, what should happen

Six Brexit Tests - UKIP

It is closing on a year since Britain’s historic “Brexit” vote, when a majority of Britons – 52% to 48% across the UK, 53.4% to 46.6% in England itself – voted to separate from the European Union (“Leave”), in a referendum in which more than 30 million people, nearly 72% of the British electorate, voted: the largest number of people to vote in any referendum or election in British history, according to reports at the time.

Yet what has happened in that time? Sadly, for many “Leave” proponents (the Anglophilic Anglican included, though I am not a British subject), not nearly as much as had been hoped. Prime Minister Theresa May did trigger Article 50, beginning the two-year process of disengaging, on March 29th, and it was signed by the Queen. Since then not much appears to be happening, at least in view of the public (though what is going on behind closed doors is always difficult or impossible to determine).

In an attempt to move things along, UKIP – the United Kingdom Independence Party, the biggest and most influential single organization to back Brexit – has issued the above brief manifesto, outlining six “Tests” to make sure Britain regains full sovereignty in the areas of law (restoring to the British Parliament powers that had been ceded to the EU), immigration and border control, territorial waters, international trade, and finance, and ensuring that this process is completed within the mandated two years.

Seems reasonable to me! It also seems to me a shame that any entity has to issue a “call” to such elementary, common-sense basics.

“Outrage” as Theresa May confirms a fox hunting vote

The League Against Cruel Sports said there was ‘no justification’ for scrapping the law against hunting with dogs. Theresa May announced her plans for a vote at the Tory manifesto launch.

Source: Outrage as Theresa May confirms a fox hunting vote

As a former car-follower with the Carrollton Hounds, you will find no “outrage” from me at this news! Indeed, I find it outrageous that it was banned in the first place. I deeply appreciate the history and heritage of foxhunting in the UK and America – where the sport got its start in my home state of Maryland:

“The earliest record of the importation of hounds to this country was on June 30, 1650, when Robert Brooke arrived in Maryland with his family, 28 servants and his hounds. By the early 1700’s, mounted foxhunting was spreading rapidly in Maryland, Virginia and probably other colonies. Hounds were also used for other forms of hunting. Early planters with sporting English blood imported red foxes from England in 1730 and celebrated the event at Chestertown, Maryland” (Masters of Foxhounds Association & Foundation – “History of American Foxhunting“).

Lest anyone get all up-in-arms over the alleged “cruelty” of the sport, let me note that here in the U.S., the fox (in the case of red foxes, an “import,” anyway) is rarely killed, while in Britain, mounted hunts have historically served a useful purpose in limiting the numbers of foxes, which otherwise can become quite a pest.

To my mind, the ban on mounted foxhunting with dogs in Britain is part and parcel of the “politically correct” agenda to suppress history, heritage, and traditional activities, as well as attitudes, that seems currently to be on the ascendant throughout the West, and which it is part of this blog’s intention to help counteract.