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“God Save the Queen ” We mean it man

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Ridgewood NJ, while we have never been a subject of Queen Elizabeth II and whatever we say has no standing , some of our long time friends asked if we really were not going to say anything? . Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, ending the longest reign for a British head of state in history, a staggering 70-year tenure that included the administrations of 14 U.S. presidents and a dramatic reshaping of the Commonwealth. The queen “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish estate, on Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced.

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Like past British monarchs, Queen Elizabeth  reigned during the Troubles, a roughly three-decade-long sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland between Irish nationalists, who are overwhelmingly Catholic, and pro-British unionists, who are almost exclusively Protestant. The conflict, which raged from the late 1960s until it was largely ended by a 1998 peace agreement, dealt a deeply personal blow for the royal family when Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) while out on his fishing boat with his family in the Republic of Ireland. Despite the tension, the queen made sure she was still a presence in Northern Ireland. She made 25 visits to the country, including three before she ascended the throne. One of her most notable visits took place in 2012, demonstrating how far both sides had moved from the darkest days of the conflict. She met and shook hands with former IRA Commander Martin McGuinness on that occasion.

The Queen’s Jubilee was marred  the release of the  song “God Save the Queen” by the English punk rock band the Sex Pistols. It was released as the band’s second single and was later included on their only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. The song was released during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.  In some peoples eyes the Sex Pistols would attempt a Coup d’état , crashing the Jublee celebration on a riverboat blasting their number one hit , “God Save the Queen” . The boat was stopped by police and the bands manager Malcolm McLaren was arrested.

 

On September 14, 2001, just days after the terrorist attack in America, the Queen was at the helm when the Star Spangled Banner was sung at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Queen was willing to go against hundreds of years of tradition and protocol to secure this deeply meaningful gesture of real friendship and solidarity. 

In 2010 to honor the victims of 9/11, which represented one of many tributes the late monarch paid to those affected by the terrorist attack over the years. After delivering an eight-minute speech at the United Nations in Lower Manhattan Sept. 11, 2010, Queen Elizabeth traveled by police motorcade to Ground Zero and placed a wreath at the site where the South Tower had once stood before greeting families of victims and first responders. Queen Elizabeth then made her way to nearby Hanover Square, where she officially opened the British Garden paying tribute to the 67 British citizens who died on 9/11.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for the Queen during her reign were multiple ryal family related issues that degraded the monarchy . Public adultery, a suspicious death of Princess Diana  , under age prostates’ with Jeffery Epstein all played their part in diminishing the public view of the monarchy. But though all this with both of the titles UK’s longest-reigning monarch and the world’s longest female head of state under her belt, one has to wonder what was the secret behind Queen Elizabeth II’s reign ,as it turns out, the answer might lie in opening a bottle of gin before noon and maintaining a “stiff upper lip “.

 

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