NYT reports that Queen Elizabeth will visit Ground Zero on Tuesday and visit a garden created to pay respect to the 67 Britons killed in the attacks.
I am recently fascinated by Queen Elizabeth. From her youth, she has been an unusually sensible monarch. She actually had no expectation that she’d one day be Queen. Her father was young, and so was her uncle, Prince Edward of Wales who was to succeed her father. In 1936, her uncle abdicated to marry “the woman I love”, Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American, and she became second in line to the throne. When her father passed away while she was in Nairobi, the twenty-eight year old Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth.
My favorite fact about her comes from Wikipedia:
In 1943, 16-year-old Elizabeth undertook her first solo public appearance on a visit to the Grenadier Guards, of which she had been appointed Colonel-in-Chief the previous year. In February 1945, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, as an honorary Second Subaltern with the service number of 230873. She trained as a driver and mechanic, drove a military truck, and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander five months later. She is the last surviving head of state who served in uniform during the Second World War.
Anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of feminism, but wow, she is one tough old broad.
Second favorite fact: Married sixty-four years, hers has been the longest marriage of any British monarch.
I guess I’m just a fan in general. I wish I were in New York so I could, perhaps, catch a glimpse.