“The true measure of all our actions is how long the good in them lasts…everything we do, we do for the young.” Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, who turns 90 today…

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Portrait by Cecil Beaton 1968

We all have our own visions of Her Majesty, Keith Richards famously said of the prospect of knighthood at the hand of a Windsor, “Wouldn’t let that family near me with a sharp stick, let alone a sword.”

I prefer to think of this particular Windsor as someone whose life has almost spanned a century, whose steadfast devotion, dry humor, and longevity are something to marvel.

 

Queen Elizabeth's coronation, 1953, by Cecil Beaton

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, 1953, by Cecil Beaton

There’s a lovely fictional account of what might happen if Queen Elizabeth II were to slip the bonds of protocol and take a jaunt on her own called:

Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel.

A must read by William Kuhn!

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A photograph released by Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday shows the monarch with her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren. Credit Annie Leibovitz, via European Pressphoto Agency

 The Queen at 90: across the decades — from The Guardian, click here.

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