(Literally, in that today is her actual birthday. This must be clarified because many monarchs get a ceremonial birthday in the summertime to ensure that outdoor festivities are subject to the best of British weather. As a Wisconsin native whose October birthday was often at risk of snow, I consider this a most excellent practice.)
QE2’s one of my personal heroes, and I hope she spends her day exactly as she likes. (I imagine corgis and hats are involved. And tea.) Though some would argue that royalty spend every day exactly as they like, I remit that performing even ceremonial duties can be a grind. So settle down, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Settle down.
Among the many delightful bits of QE2 trivia, my favorites include:
- She paid for her wedding dress using clothing ration coupons.
- She is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license or number plate on her state car.
- She technically owns all unmarked swans in UK waters and they are reserved for feasting. She also owns the whales and dolphins in UK waters.
Friend-of-blog N pointed out that QE2 is rapidly approaching the record for longest-serving monarch, currently held by Queen Victoria’s 63 years, 217 days. QE2 passes that mark in September. I really, really hope they break out the whale and swan canapes. IF NOT THEN, WHEN?