Today two of my favorite people are celebrating their birthdays: Anderson Cooper, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr. Cooper featured Mildred Muhammad in an Anderson show about domestic violence.
Great Britain is celebrating the Queen’s birthday this weekend with a Diamond Jubilee. Since the celebration has gotten limited coverage here in the United States, I thought y’all might like to see photos I found at The Telegraph’s web site. They are giving the best coverage of the Jubilee as well as Queen Elizabeth’s life and reign.
When Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation aired in 1952, television was in its infancy. I was a three-year-old toddler campaigning for the late, great, future Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL). Although he was born 12 days before me, I wasn’t aware of Prince Charles. We didn’t yet have television at our house.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 ~ a year after America’s Bicentennial celebration. I had just learned that my family fought on both sides of the American Revolution. My Sir Francis Drake family ancestors, of course, were loyal to the king. The Declaration of Independence, however, was written on my Rittenhouse ancestor’s paper. David Rittenhouse was friends with Franklin and Jefferson and was honored with a square in Philadelphia while my Drake ancestors were “respectfully requested” to relocate to Canada to avoid being hung for treason.
America commemorated the Bicentennial with a specially minted quarter. England is commemorating the Diamond Jubilee with this coin.
Queen Elizabeth II loves horse racing and owns a stable of racing horses. Yesterday, she celebrated at the Epsom Derby.
Despite horrendous weather, huge crowds turned out to watch the highly touted sailing of an armada of ships of all types and sizes down the River Thames today. I was thrilled to stumble upon CNN’s coverage today.
The queen’s Gloriana was the first boat in an estimated flotilla of 674 boats.
The royal family watched the armada from Queen Elizabeth’s barge, the Spirit of Chartwell.
Great Britain is infamous for their pageantry, and today was no exception.
Although Queen Elizabeth II rarely smiles, she deeply appreciated her subjects who entertained and honored her today with stiff-upper-lip, classic British determination. The rain poured, but they were all smiles.
England became a naval power after Sir Francis Drake defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.