a queen’s birthday


She reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days — the longest reign ever.
She was five feet tall and monarch to one-quarter of the world’s population.
She was 81 when she died.
Her own sons lifted her into her coffin, as she had requested.
She was dressed in a white dress and her wedding veil.
She was laid to rest next to Albert.
Her birthday is not a holiday in England. It is here. (emphasis mine)
I wonder, would she be amused?


(It amuses me when the English prefer to forget that many of their monarchy are German.)

So today is a holiday Monday in Canada, the first long weekend of the summer season, the weekend of opening up summer cottages for many. Here in Vancouver we had a glorious sunny week, but the weekend weather caved into a rainy one. My week’s heavy gardening work resulted in severe back pain, so the wet weather actually allowed me to rest without temptation or guilt and I feel much better now. Happy Victoria Day!

May 21, 2007 in Culture, Current Events by Marja-Leena