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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #120 on: April 29, 2015, 02:42:16 PM »
A contemporary Princes Filippa was Filippa of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, a German aristocrat and photographer who died in car crash on the M5 near Bristol 21 year old in 2001 after 111 days of marriage to an Italian count and whose posthumous diary became a bestseller in Germany.

She was BTW the sister-in-law of King Juan Carlos' mistress Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein née Larsen.
Березы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и березы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #121 on: May 27, 2015, 03:45:00 PM »
The Queen's Speech: Full Text
published online Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 12:23pm
link to source to follow

"My Lords and members of the House of Commons.

My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in our country. It will adopt a one nation approach, helping working people get on, supporting aspiration, giving new opportunities to the most disadvantaged and bringing different parts of our country together.

My government will continue with its long-term plan to provide economic stability and security at every stage of life. They will continue the work of bringing the public finances under control and reducing the deficit, so Britain lives within its means. Measures will be introduced to raise the productive potential of the economy and increase living standards.

Legislation will be brought forward to help achieve full employment and provide more people with the security of a job. New duties will require my ministers to report annually on job creation and apprenticeships. Measures will also be introduced to reduce regulation on small businesses so they can create jobs.

Legislation will be brought forward to ensure people working 30 hours a week on the National Minimum Wage do not pay income tax, and to ensure there are no rises in Income Tax rates, Value Added Tax or National Insurance for the next 5 years.

Measures will be brought forward to help working people by greatly increasing the provision of free childcare.

Legislation will be introduced to support home ownership and give housing association tenants the chance to own their own home.

Measures will be introduced to increase energy security and to control immigration. My government will bring forward legislation to reform trade unions and to protect essential public services against strikes.

To give new opportunities to the most disadvantaged, my government will expand the Troubled Families programme and continue to reform welfare, with legislation encouraging employment by capping benefits and requiring young people to earn or learn.

Legislation will be brought forward to improve schools and give every child the best start in life, with new powers to take over failing and coasting schools and create more academies.

In England, my government will secure the future of the National Health Service by implementing the National Health Service’s own 5 year plan, by increasing the health budget, integrating healthcare and social care, and ensuring the National Health Service works on a 7 day basis. Measures will be introduced to improve access to general practitioners and to mental healthcare.

Measures will also be brought forward to secure the real value of the basic State Pension, so that more people live in dignity and security in retirement. Measures will be brought forward to increase the rights of victims of crime.

To bring different parts of our country together, my government will work to bring about a balanced economic recovery. Legislation will be introduced to provide for the devolution of powers to cities with elected metro mayors, helping to build a northern powerhouse.

My government will continue to legislate for high-speed rail links between the different parts of the country.

My government will also bring forward legislation to secure a strong and lasting constitutional settlement, devolving wide-ranging powers to Scotland and Wales. Legislation will be taken forward giving effect to the Stormont House Agreement in Northern Ireland.

My government will continue to work in cooperation with the devolved administrations on the basis of mutual respect.

My government will bring forward changes to the standing orders of the House of Commons. These changes will create fairer procedures to ensure that decisions affecting England, or England and Wales, can be taken only with the consent of the majority of Members of Parliament representing constituencies in those parts of our United Kingdom.

My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union and pursue reform of the European Union for the benefit of all member states.

Alongside this, early legislation will be introduced to provide for an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union before the end of 2017.

Measures will also be brought forward to promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism. New legislation will modernise the law on communications data, improve the law on policing and criminal justice, and ban the new generation of psychoactive drugs.

My government will bring forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights.

Members of the House of Commons.

Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.

My Lords and members of the House of Commons

My government will continue to play a leading role in global affairs, using its presence all over the world to re-engage with and tackle the major international security, economic and humanitarian challenges.

My ministers will remain at the forefront of the NATO alliance and of international efforts to degrade and ultimately defeat terrorism in the Middle East.

The United Kingdom will continue to seek a political settlement in Syria, and will offer further support to the Iraqi government’s programme for political reform and national reconciliation.

My government will maintain pressure on Russia to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, and will insist on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

My government looks forward to an enhanced partnership with India and China.

Prince Philip and I look forward to our state visit to Germany next month and to our state visit to Malta in November, alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. We also look forward to welcoming His Excellency the President of The People’s Republic of China and Madame Peng on a state visit in October.

My government will seek effective global collaboration to sustain economic recovery and to combat climate change, including at the climate change conference in Paris later this year.

My government will undertake a full strategic defence and security review, and do whatever is necessary to ensure that our courageous armed forces can keep Britain safe.

My government will work to reduce the threat from nuclear weapons, cyber attacks and terrorism.

Other measures will be laid before you.

My Lords and members of the House of Commons

I pray that the blessing of almighty God may rest upon your counsels."

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #122 on: September 01, 2015, 09:10:38 PM »
Does anyone know if the Royal Family, or Great Britain as a whole will be celebrating Her Majesty's reign surpassing that of Queen Victoria's in time length on the 9th in a special way?   Any parties planned?   

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #123 on: September 02, 2015, 02:33:43 AM »
Not much that I know of. The Queen has let it be known that she 'does not want any fuss', but has been persuaded to open a new railway line and travel on a steam train, rather than stay quietly at Balmoral, which was her original plan.

I am at a conference that day, and have suggested to the chairman that we have a champagne toast as near as possible to 6.30pm, which is the official moment. Of course, the exact moment will never be  known, because George VI had been dead for some hours when his valet found him on the morning of 6 February 1952. The usual estimate is that he died at some time between 1 and 3am.

Now the Queen has just under 4 years and 5 months to go to out-reign Franz Josef (67 years 356 days), and 8 years 4 months to beat Louis XIV (72 years 110 days), but Louis XIV succeeded at the age of 5, which confers a considerable advantage (Franz Josef was 18, but the Queen was 25).

The Queen is already our oldest monarch by some distance, and the world's longest-married monarch (68 years come 20 November). Prince Philip is the oldest royal consort, and was in good form when I met him in July (though he has obviously shrunk quite a bit in recent years).

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #124 on: September 02, 2015, 08:04:57 AM »
The Queen has let it be known that she 'does not want any fuss'

Isn't that just like her - all the more reason to make a fuss.   It will be 1:30 pm here in the US, so that's late enough into the day for me to raise a toast (although I doubt I'll be popping the cork on a bottle of champagne) .  I have great admiration for QEII.  God bless her and I hope she breaks many more records!

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #125 on: September 02, 2015, 09:23:39 AM »
Now the Queen has just under 4 years and 5 months to go to out-reign Franz Josef (67 years 356 days), and 8 years 4 months to beat Louis XIV (72 years 110 days), but Louis XIV succeeded at the age of 5, which confers a considerable advantage (Franz Josef was 18, but the Queen was 25).

The Queen is already our oldest monarch by some distance, and the world's longest-married monarch (68 years come 20 November). Prince Philip is the oldest royal consort, and was in good form when I met him in July (though he has obviously shrunk quite a bit in recent years).

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Well don't forget with all our modern advancements people do have the ability to live longer lives these days.

Elizabeth lives under far superior medicine and living conditions then Louis XIV and even Franz Josef lived under so that pretty much erases the early starts that the other two had. I cringe at some of the things I read about Louis XIV's time and thank god I never lived in that era. And life during Franz Josef's time wasn't a whole bed of roses either even though it was much closer to our time. Even with their pampered lifestyles its still far below what we have today. Not to mention they actually ruled for the most part which added to their strain while Elizabeth doesn't and lives more calmly.

It's actually more impressive that they reigned that long. The same goes for George III and Victoria. Not to take anything away from the achievement but it was bound to happen.
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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #126 on: September 03, 2015, 01:10:44 AM »
All fair points, but a lot of longevity in my view is simply down to genes.

The Queen may not do much ruling, but she still keeps up a busy schedule.

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #127 on: September 08, 2015, 03:11:32 PM »
HM's big day is upon us. Tomorrow at approximately 17:30 (GMT), the Queen will surpass Victoria as the longest reigning monarch!

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #128 on: September 09, 2015, 11:49:38 AM »
This is such a special day. Congratulations to Her Majesty! Longest reigning monarch! Three cheers!

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #129 on: September 09, 2015, 12:05:15 PM »
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Three cheers!

Hip! Hip!  Hooraaayy!
Hip! Hip!  Hooraaayy!
Hip! Hip!  Hooraaayy!

Congratulations to HRH Elizabeth II, now the longest reigning British Monarch!

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« Reply #130 on: September 09, 2015, 12:08:53 PM »
Wonderful, TimM ! ! !

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« Reply #131 on: September 09, 2015, 02:38:00 PM »
Wonderful record. I have great admiration for Queen Elizabeth II.

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #132 on: September 09, 2015, 02:41:54 PM »
Congrats to the Queen! - The real winner of the game of thrones

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #133 on: September 09, 2015, 04:01:44 PM »
The real winner of the game of thrones

Well said!
Действительная победительница игры престолов!
Березы севера мне милы,—
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: «Ивы и березы», 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« Reply #134 on: September 10, 2015, 02:06:42 AM »
When HRH Elizabeth II was born, the telephone was only about fifty years old.  Now, she's sending Tweets!