“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!
I like Prince Harry, and I wish him well – him, and his new bride.
But I have to confess, I do wish he could have found a nice British girl.
I know he’s not in the direct line to the throne. Nonetheless – it doesn’t make it any easier for those of us who would like to see Britain stay British, when the detractors can now say, “but look at the example of Prince Harry!”
In which dowager Queen Mary tells her granddaughter, the newly-acceded Queen Elizabeth II, the way it is!
“Monarchy is God’s sacred mission to grace and dignify the earth… Monarchy is a calling from God. That is why you are crowned in an abbey not a government building… You are answerable to God in your duty, not the public.”
I do not agree with everything Prince Charles has to say, but in this I believe His Royal Highness is 100% correct. When I do agree with him, it usually has to do with architecture, agriculture, or tradition!