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Monday, 6 February 2012

queen for 21,900 days

"This day in history: February 6, 1952. King George VI died in his sleep at age 56 following a long illness, making his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, queen at age 27. Her coronation, the first to be televised, would not take place until June 2, 1953, following an extended period of mourning."
The Vancouver Sun

"To celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s reign and Headship of the Commonwealth the public are being encouraged to share their memories of the last 60 years with the Jubilee Time Capsule.
     The Jubilee Time Capsule is a digital Diamond Jubilee initiative from the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). It is online archive that will chart the 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign from the people’s perspective and will be gifted to The Queen following the Diamond Jubilee weekend.
     The RCS are inviting people from across the globe to share their stories; be they memories of life in a Commonwealth country or memories of world events that have impacted the Commonwealth.
     Stories entered so far range from memories of family weddings to recollections of Ghana’s Independence Day, and from photos of street parties held to celebrate Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953 to memories of school days in the 1990s.
     To submit your story and take part in this Diamond Jubilee project visit www.jubileetimecapsule.org."
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

"The Queen has decided to stop breeding her famous corgis.
     Her Majesty has become synonymous with the breed since she was given a bitch called Susan on her 18th birthday in 1944. [...]
     The Queen had five corgis and four 'dorgis' — corgi-dachshund crosses. The seven-strong pack will now be left to decrease naturally.
     She was 'deeply upset' earlier in the year when two other favourites died from cancer.
     Royal expert and author Phil Dampier said: 'The dogs have been a massive part of her life and she is devoted to them. The Queen feeds them from the table with titbits and even mixes up some cooked meats, biscuits and gravy every tea-time, which she puts in silver bowls. [...]'"
Daily Mail

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