Thinking Citizen Blog — Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022), a Little Math, Three Images, Selected Quotes

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Today’s Topic: Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022), a Little Math, Three Images, Selected Quotes

The tribute that sticks in my mind is that of Barack Obama. “I was fortunate enough to know her, and you know, I always used to say that were only a handful of people that I met while I was in office — or afterwards — that are exactly the way you want them to be. The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, The Queen of England.” Really? Up there with Nelson Mandela? This from the son of a Kenyan anti-colonialist Marxist who reverently assumed his father’s mantle and titled his autobiography “Dreams From My Father”? Wow! In the words of New York Times editorial writer Serge Schmeman, Queen Elizabeth “embodied the myth of the good monarch.” Today a few notes on the math, the words, and the images of Queen Elizabeth II. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

THE MATH — 70 year reign (longest ever), served as Head of State of 32 nations (15 at the time of her death), 179 prime ministers served under her, 15 of these of the United Kingdom from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher to Liz Truss)

1. Her reign was 70 years and 214 days: the longest of any British monarch and “the longest recorded reign of any female head of state in history.” She acceded to the throne at 25 years of age.

2. The second longest reign of a British monarch was another Queen — Victoria. Her reign was 63 years, 216 days. She acceded to the throne at 18 years of age.

3. The third longest was George III, 59 years, 96 days, acceding to the throne at 22 years of age.

NB: Queen Elizabeth I was the ninth-longest — reigning British monarch at 44 years, 127 days.


1. My pick is made for very personal reasons. This picture reminds me of pictures of my mother who served in the US Marines during World War Two. Similar hair style. Similar outfit.

2. What is your favorite picture of the Queen?

3. There are so many good ones to pick from.

NB: Check out links 3 to 5 for multiple options to choose from.

QUEEN ELIZABETH IN HER OWN WORDS — photo reminds me of Maria von Trapp and Captain Von Trapp from the Sound of Music — the fairy tale couple

1. “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

2. “I lived long enough to know that things never remain quite the same for very long.”

3. From radio broadcast of October 13, 1940: “When peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place.”

NB: “I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice. But I can do something else. I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” (first televised Christmas broadcast, 1957)

Final Word: “It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”

Elizabeth II — Wikipedia

In pictures: Queen Elizabeth in 70 iconic images after 70-year reign

Six of the best photographs from Queen Elizabeth II’s life in the spotlight

Opinion | Queen Elizabeth Embodied the Myth of the Good Monarch

The UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, in quotes


PDF with headlines — Google Drive


#1 A graphic guide to justice (9 metaphors on one page).

#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20


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