Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and Commonwealth on Sunday

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“On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST)‬ [3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time] ‪Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast.‬ As well as television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on The Royal Family’s social media channels.”

One presumes that this will be in regard to the ongoing coronavirus situation. It is sad that Her Majesty has had to deal with so many crises and controversies in recent years, and now this. She’s 93 years old, for goodness sake! But as the comment above aptly noted, she is an inspiration to us all. God save The Queen! Health and long life to Her Majesty.

 

There’s a movement to turn Hong Kong back into a British colony

A campaigner carries a former colonial Hong Kong flag during a Hong Kong-UK reunification demonstration outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong on July 1, 2016, the 19th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese sovereignty from British rule.

These Hong Kongers aren’t clamoring for freer elections. Nor are they demanding outright independence. They want to transform Hong Kong back into British territory — and proclaim Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state.

Source: There’s a movement to turn Hong Kong back into a British colony

There is a movement – small, so far, but with big ambitions – that wants to “transform Hong Kong back into a British territory — and proclaim Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state”:

“’Many Hong Kongers love Her Majesty very much!’ says Alice Lai, the leading face of the campaign. ‘Even now, we still call Her Majesty ‘The Boss.’'”

“Even in Hong Kong’s more rebellious circles, this idea will sound far-fetched. The city’s pro-democracy camps are mostly fixated on less radical goals, such as loosening Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong’s leadership.

“But the Hong Kong-United Kingdom Reunification Campaign, while extremely small, is quite serious.”

Will anything practical come of this? Tough to say! They have a rough row to hoe, and that uphill: as the article points out, such a move on the part of Britain “would nuke relations with China, a key trading partner, and baffle heads of state around the world.” But it also points out that “Wishing for an independent Hong Kong isn’t so rare. A recent poll shows that one in six Hong Kongers shares that unlikely dream.”

It also notes that the agreement that handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 came with “some major caveats. Both sides agreed that Hong Kong would enjoy a ‘high degree of autonomy,’ including a legal system with some basis in British common law.”

But as part of China’s overall flexing of muscles in recent years, they have been reneging on that promise, and “Reunification campaigners claim Beijing’s meddling is now so severe that it has actually voided the terms of the British handover.” Indeed, the article noted that “The former British foreign secretary has already declared that China breached the joint declaration.”

Still, I am not going to hold my breath, waiting for the UK to reassert its sovereignty over Hong Kong! But I have to admit, I’d love to see it…

[Note: The linked article was written in 2016. I do not know the current status of the Reunification Campaign. If I find out, I will update this post!]

 

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Coronation - Crown, Scepter, and Orb

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. On 2nd June 1953, Her Majesty became the 39th Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, where every Coronation since 1066 has taken place.

Did you know that The Queen was crowned in St Edward’s Chair? It was made in 1300 for Edward I and has been used at every Coronation since.

For more facts about The Coronation go here: 50 Facts About The Queen’s Coronation

Source: The Royal Family

God save The Queen! Long may she live, in peace and plenty.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is the longest-serving Monarch in British history, and one for whom I have a great deal of respect and affection. What will come of England, when she eventually goes – as all mortals must, soon or late – to her eternal home? May that day be long delayed!

A Prayer for the Queen’s Majesty.
The Book of Common Prayer 1662 (UK).

O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that she may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and wealth long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Happy 92nd Birthday to Her Majesty, The Queen!

 

The Royal Family comments,

“On her 21st birthday, The Queen made a speech dedicating her life to service and to this day continues to carry out Royal Duties, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State and leading the nation’s celebratory events.

Just this week, The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, hosted a dinner for Representatives and Heads of Government to celebrate the Commonwealth…

To mark Her Majesty’s birthday, tonight BBC One and BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a special concert in celebration of The Queen’s 92nd at the Royal Albert Hall. The Queen and Members of The Royal Family will attend.”

God save The Queen! Long live The Queen! May God grant Her Majesty continued health and strength to serve and guide her people.

A Prayer for the Queen’s Majesty.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that she may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and wealth long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— from The Book of Common Prayer 1662

Geoffrey Thorndyke’s answer to Does Queen Elizabeth II actively follow British politics? | Quora

Source: (6) Geoffrey Thorndyke’s answer to Does Queen Elizabeth II actively follow British politics? | Quora

To answer that question, please read the linked article.

Her Majesty The Queen is a remarkable woman! And all the more remarkable that she continues to follow such a schedule at her age, when even HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has stepped back from public life (of course he has that luxury, not being the reigning Monarch… but still!).

I wonder if those who presume to castigate Her Majesty, and the Royal Family, for being a drain on the public coffers (which is not true, but that’s another story) do even half so much, themselves – and all of it to benefit others?

May God grant her continued health and long life!


P.S. And as this essay notes,

“Plus don’t forget that apart from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland she is also Head of State of other Countries… As of 2017, there are 16 Commonwealth realms: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, The Bahamas and Tuvalu.”

She is also titular head of the Commonwealth of Nations itself, a loose alliance of 52 nations and some 2.4 billion people, mostly made up of nations formerly part of the British Empire. The role carries no legal or political authority, but she serves as a focus and symbol of unity for the Commonwealth, and exercises a certain degree of moral authority. To do so effectively, she must also keep up on the doings of the Commonwealth, and its member nations.

None too shabby, for a 91-year-old woman!

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2017 – YouTube

Source: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2017 – YouTube

Her Majesty’s Christmas Broadcast for this year! I love her characterization of herself, as she recalls her first Christmas broadcast: “the presenter has evolved somewhat…” HM The Queen is a wonderful person, which fact is indissolubly linked to the fact that she is a remarkable Monarch. May God continue to bless her, and grant her long to live!

Home and family: curcial keys to the well-being of us all, “commoners” as well as Royals, and not just on Christmas, either. Blessings to her for her expression of her Christian faith! And prayers for the upcoming Commonwealth Summit.

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.

— excerpt from Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Day Message

Source: Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

Today The Queen marked Commonwealth Day by launching The Queen’s Baton Relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games and attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Forecourt of Buckingham Palace was decorated with 70 Commonwealth flags to celebrate the start of The Queen’s Baton Relay. The Baton will travel through all 52 Commonwealth countries for 388 days covering 230,000 kilometres. It will arrive in time for Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4th April 2018 which is being hosted by the Gold Coast in Australia.

In the afternoon The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex all attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom which embraces the diversity of the 2.5 billion Commonwealth residents. Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme upon which the Commonwealth Service is based. The 2017 theme is ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’, which was echoed in The Queen’s annual Commonwealth speech released today.

Source: The Royal Family @TheBritishMonarchy | Facebook

Exclusive: United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member.”

Source: Exclusive: United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. 

The project, which is said to be backed by the Queen, has come about in part as a result of Donald Trump’s fondness for Britain and the Royal Family. 

It comes amid efforts to develop the Commonwealth as a tool for building relationships on everything from foreign policy to trade, following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels,” said Michael Lake, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society. 

Opening a branch in the US, Mr Lake said, would further Britain’s ties with America, developing new connections between two countries who already share a common language.

I am all for this! I have believed for years that we should be part of the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Commonwealth. We are as far as I know the only former colony of Great Britain to not be part of it: a group of 53 nations – sixteen of which are Commonwealth Realms, with Her Majesty The Queen as Head of State – with a combined population of 2.2 million, the Commonwealth covers nearly a quarter of the Earth’s land mass, and has a combined GDP of £6.9 trillion (almost $9.7 trillion in US dollars). It’s almost silly that we’re not! I sincerely hope this comes to pass.

A man can dream, can’t he…?

Her Majesty The Queen - Grand Union

(… and yes, if we ever did become a Commonwealth Realm, the Grand Union flag seems to me to make the most sense as the “American Ensign.” It is historic and traditional to us, as a Nation, and it speaks of the time — right up through at least the first year of the Revolution — when the vast majority of the patriots and Founders were fighting for our “rights as Englishmen,” and did not really seek dissolution of the ties which bound us to Great Britain. That came later, and reluctantly, for most…)

The Commonwealth is calling!

BRITAIN could have a “truly exciting future” by quitting the EU and rebuilding trade links with the Commonwealth, a senior New Zealand politician has said.

Source: New Zealand says future will be ‘exciting’ if Britain votes for Brexit | World | News | Daily Express

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“This is a question for the British people alone,” [Winston Peters, a former deputy prime minister, finance minister, and foreign minister of New Zealand] conceded. However, he went on, “Britain taking a bold and courageous step back to the Commonwealth, with a fresh approach, is something the Commonwealth would respond positively to. It would signal the dawn of a new age of Commonwealth economic advancement.”