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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates birthday twice

April 20 2006

"It does not work in the usual sense - it's a job for life"

Be a queen - not just wear the crown in anything does not deny. This is a fairly responsible and hard role to play to the end. Especially in Britain, where even a very round date "sometimes observed twice - not to break tradition.

This week, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate its 80 anniversary. Special festivities on this occasion is not planned. Week will take place discreetly and modestly - in a purely British spirit. However, it has less to do with the peculiarities of palace life, but with a special "style" of Elizabeth, which strives to match the image of a true monarch. Life Style Queen is not driven beyond the palace walls - it is the opinion of the Queen, quite useless.

Therefore, the calendar anniversary celebration limited walk royal couple at Windsor Manor, receiving congratulations from his subjects, and of course family dinner hosted in honor of the birthday girl , Charles of Wales - the main contender for the throne of Regal.

Formally, the beginning of the festive activities laid reception at Buckingham Palace, where peers were invited Lizaveta - 99 people who just like the Queen, born April 21, 1926.

Meanwhile, if - at the beginning of last century, few suspected that Lilibeth, as they called a general favorite in the family, sooner or later become heir to the throne. Shortage of applicants were not: one of the four sons of the King - Prince of Wales (future Edward VIII), Duke of York (the future King George VI), George Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester, Henry had to take his place.

But fate decreed otherwise. Proved fatal in 1936 when the British throne has been replaced just three of the King: he died George V, abdicated Edward VIII, and the throne, finally ascended George VI, father of Elizabeth.

February 6, 1952 he died of lung cancer, and Elizabeth ascend the British throne. Coronation will be held at Westminster Abbey in 1953.

Since then a lot of water has flown down the Thames, and Elizabeth's reign has become one of the most protracted in the history of Europe. In this regard, Elizabeth II is second only to Queen Victoria, who led the country during the period from 1837 to 1901 years.

For more than 50 years, until Queen Elizabeth II is the throne, the prime minister was replaced by 10 people, and Tony Blair - the first head of the cabinet, who was born after her coronation. He appeared in just one month after the event. However, looking at how to consider ...

The fact that on June 17 - no less important date than April 21, is also directly related to the royal court. On this summer day anniversary of royalty will be celebrated again. But this time the event will have a purely formal nature.

An unusual double date due to a tradition that has been put at the beginning of the last century Edward VII. Born into a gloomy November, the king decided to postpone the annual event once associated with this event, more condusive to a fun summer.

Since that time, a quaint custom strictly observed by British monarchs. Queen Elizabeth II is also not going to depart from it, and June 17, according to the established ceremonies in Londonheld a solemn guard divorce with removal of the state flag.

British history is literally woven by tradition and custom, and the main protagonist in it - time. And to better understand the original world - that behind it, you just need to read this blog queen, who, in her words, "tell more than newspapers."


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