Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Friday, 22 December 2006

Her Majesty's Speech

The Independent Television network has given Britons a short preview of the content of this year's speech from Her Majesty. This year's speech is said to reflect upon the interrelation between the different generations and Her Majesty points to the teachings of "the great religions" which emphasise this same bridge.

Her Majesty's speech will be broadcast to all her subjects throughout the Commonwealth and British monarchs have been broadcasting to their people since 1932 when George V used his speech to inaugurate the wireless' 'Empire Service' (replaced in our own day by the BBC's 'World Service'). Every monarch since has continued this tradition, with the exception of Edward VIII. The speeches were often delivered from the comfort of Sandringham, but this year Her Majesty will deliver the (pre-recorded) speech from Southwark Cathedral, See of the lately infamous Bishop of Southwark.

The first speech given by Her Majesty was delivered from that same desk which her father and grandfather had used to speak to their peoples. In her first Christmas broadcast Her Majesty began with a charming remembrance of her father and expressed her own desire to serve the Empire;

"Each Christmas, at this time, my beloved father broadcast a message to his people in all parts of the world. Today I am doing this to you, who are now my people."

In recent years the Christmas broadcast has been an opportunity for Her Majesty to reflect upon recent events such as the deaths of the late Princess of Wales and The Princess Margaret, as well as the September 11th attacks. George VI, in 1939, used the speech to urge his people to be strong in the face of coming troubles and throughout the last war the Christmas speech was a great source of morale to troops at home and abroad, stationed in all parts of the world. Even in our own day when it seems sometimes that monarchists are outnumbered it is touching and comforting to know that throughout Britain, and the Commonwealth, families gather around to hear Her Majesty's address to us, who are her people.


The Monarchist said...

Merry Christmas. We look forward to Her Majesty's first podcast.