"As we enter a week of official Diamond Jubilee celebrations in thanksgiving of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, let us explore a few facts and figures about her life and the times during which she has served her nation and the Commonwealth countries.
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GJ - Queen Elizabeth is one of the most influential figures of the modern age, although many do not realize it. She became queen when Churchill was Prime Minister, using her considerable power to benefit Western democracies.
The volatile Stuart kings, who left an indelible bad impression on England, inadvertently produced the religious freedom we have in America. No one wanted to go through that again!
The history of Great Britain is the history of the world, from Queen Elizabeth I to the current monarch.
churchmousec (http://churchmousec.wordpress.com/) has left a new comment on your post "Hebrews Is the Most Colorful Book in the New Testa...":
Thank you, Dr Jackson.
I find the Book of Hebrews both inspiring and liberating. It's one of my favourites.
Please remember our Queen in your prayers at the weekend.
churchmousec (http://churchmousec.wordpress.com/) has left a new comment on your post "Churchmouse Campanologist - The Diamond Jubilee":
Thank you, Dr Jackson, for kindly remembering Queen Elizabeth II.
Yes, she has done much for the world in a quiet and orderly way.
As she is only a few years away from approaching Queen Victoria's length of service, we in the UK are gearing up for happy local and national celebrations this weekend and next. The flags and bunting have been up in our area for several days now.
As June 3 is Trinity Sunday, the national church service will be held Tuesday in St Paul's Cathedral [a day off in the UK this year for the Diamond Jubilee], and many parish churches will hold their Service of Thanksgiving the following Sunday.
One of the things which struck me is that the Queen has done much for women without being obnoxious about it. It is a shame that she is not regarded more highly as a role model for young women (perhaps because she goes about her business in a quiet way).
She became Head of State at a young age with much expected of her. The late Queen Mother and George VI prepared her well. (The drama of Edward VIII's abdication still lives on in those aged 50+, through what their parents and teachers told them. Americans might have romanticised it, but it was alarming to the British.)
Another thing the Queen's story disproves, it seems to me, is the necessity for complementarianism among very conservative American Christian men -- not Lutherans, I hasten to add -- to make women subservient to men to such an extent that they lose their ability to think.
Prince Philip, despite his controversial comments on many subjects has, nonetheless, been a particularly able and fitting consort. One has the impression that the Queen relies on him a great deal. They seem to support each other. And they were young sweethearts, she being a few years younger than he.
So, one could say that the Diamond Jubilee marks not only the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II's service but also serves as a testimony to an earlier and enduring marriage (1947) of equals. One could hardly describe Prince Philip as a wuss or metrosexual. He's a strong man in his own right (having served in the Royal Navy in various Second World War battles) and has firm opinions, not all of them well received by either side of the socio-political spectrum.
Perhaps you and some of your older readers saw (as I did) the late 1960s documentary on the Royal Family when it aired at the time -- compelling viewing of their everyday lives, not so different to the rest of us in many ways. It would be great if they reran it this year, but I haven't yet seen any mention of plans to do so.
PS -- Thanks for the new graphic! Excellent! :)