“The Queen is actually the most powerful woman in the world. The Crown wields power over the judiciary, the government, Parliament, the military and the civil service. It is the constitution’s balancing factor and binds the great offices of state together.
“Despite the Queen having many constitutional duties, she is also a custodian of the past, a moral and religious leader, a trustee of the future, a national unifier and a constitutional arbitrator.”
Although the British Monarchy is famously non-political – under the British system of Parliamentary monarchy, the monarch “reigns, but does not rule” – one occasionally hears talk of “the Royal Prerogative.” The precise extent and limitations of that Royal Prerogative are not widely known (perhaps only a handful know their full extent), but this article gives a pretty good idea of the power Her Majesty could wield, if she chose to do so… as well as why she generally does not. Most interesting!
God save The Queen! Health and long life to Her Majesty. Long may she reign!
Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of California, who continue to suffer from the devastating fires across the state.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims, and to all those who have lost their homes and livelihoods. I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the US emergency services and the volunteers that have provided support.
“At 92, Queen Elizabeth is showing no sign of slowing down. Just last week, for example, she was spotted horseback riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle. But she has started to pass on some of her responsibilities to the younger members of her family.
“This morning, Prince Charles lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph on his mother’s behalf during the national service of remembrance. It is the second year the Prince of Wales has performed the duty on Remembrance Day, which this year holds additional significance, as it falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.”
Her Majesty is reportedly mourning the death of her last Welsh corgi – a breed long-connected with The Queen, to the point of becoming iconic: as much a part of Her Majesty’s public persona as her famous hats and handbags. Whisper died in Windsor Castle after an illness of some weeks, ending the Royal association with the breed, which dates back to her 18th birthday, in 1944, when she was given a corgi – “Susan” – by her father, King George VI.
Whisper was “inherited” after the death of his owner, Bill Fenwick, a former gamekeeper at the Royal estate of Sandringham, in 2016. His late wife Nancy was known as the “keeper of the Queen’s corgis” and took care of the royal pups when Her Majesty was away on tours. Whisper was the only corgi owned by Queen Elizabeth II that she had not raised herself, and the only one not descended from the line of Susan. He was known as a “friendly chap” who devotedly followed her from room to room.
She stopped breeding corgis five years ago, reportedly because “she feared tripping over excitable puppies,” and was “worried about who would look after them when she no longer could.” Her Majesty retains two “dorgis” – dachshund / corgi crosses – named Candy and Vulcan, and several Labradors, the latter of whom live full-time at Sandringham. The Daily Mail reports that “The death of any of her corgis has always hit her hard and Whisper’s was no different.”
Deepest sympathy to Her Majesty on the loss of her canine friend and companion!
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.
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.