Today, is of course, the 60th anniversary of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne.
I marked the occasion over at Happolati’s Miscellany, with some links: a post about British Diamond Jubilee kitsch; and two posts about Canada’s, esp. English Canada’s, enduring support for the monarchy, here and here.
Of course, I don’t think she’s perfect; indeed, to be fair, I recently linked two interesting posts, including one by a Brit, over at VDARE, which are critical of Her Majesty, here and here. I think the criticisms are fair enough; one does wonder why the British monarchy hasn’t used the power still at its disposal to stop many various destructive laws from being enacted, and why they couldn’t accept the government of Rhodesia, esp. after its proposed power-sharing compromises – better, surely, a state in which a minority can vote, than a ‘one-party’ state or dictatorship, in which no-one can vote.
But, be that as it may, she is still Britain’s, Canada’s, Australia’s, New Zealand’s, and others’ Queen, ruling by God’s grace.
Long therefore may she continue to reign.
*Update: Neil Young and Crazy Horse have covered the Royal Anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’, on their new album ‘Americana’, oddly enough (though they mix it with ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’, perhaps due to Young’s living in the States, though he was born and raised here in Canada; perhaps also of course because the album is all covers of traditional American folk songs). Thought I’d add it to this post.