Thursday, September 10, 2015

I did but see her passing by, yet I will love her till the day I die

So wrote someone once, and it was nauseatingly repeated by our late Prime Minister Menzies in front of a demure and clearly embarrassed young Queen. In a couple of days Betty Battenberg will become our longest reigning monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria. I use 'our' advisedly.

I love our Queen. I faithfully promised to love, honour and obey her. I was indoctrinated at a young age and no amount of logic and modern thinking can overrule my upbringing. I remain in awe of her and she has my utmost respect, in spite of her never making a comment on my blog.

Nevertheless, I think she is a figure that we can easily take the mickey make a little fun of. Let me see what photos I can find on the net to commemorate her long reign.

Young and beautiful Queen



Happy and gay Queen. Of them, I have known a few.




I am sure she is not like that really.



A demonstrative Queen. "Of course my sis Margaret is up there and not deep down below".


Dutiful Queen greeting someone she does not wish to know. It is not Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is it?


A bad night Queen, with a broken hand bag strap and someone slopped a vodka martini all over her dress.


An emo Queen, as nice things are said about her


An aghast Queen. Phillip probably made another racist joke and she has overheard him.



A sneering Queen. "Oh, a child".



Queen wondering what happened to the 'not for publication' stamp on her close up


Cross and stern Queen



Powder a bit too thick, Liz.


"Bloody Scottish weather. I despise it".


This infographic from I think a British tabloid newspaper has been hanging around in my 'For posting' photo folder for a couple of years, The World of Mrs Windsor


Cheers dears, or should that be prost.

32 comments:

  1. I have soe sympathy for HM. Imagine being in full time employment for 65 years and never being able to fart in public!

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    1. *'some' sympathy*

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    2. Victor, what do you think some of those facial expressions about? I am sure she has and people are too respectful to mention it.

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  2. Andrew, last year we did with my students a project about Qeen and we useh her funny faces. Lovely post itmakes me laugh but I have to go sleep it 11 p.m in Poland..

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    1. Gosia how interesting that you chose her and not some other European royal family.

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  3. Big smiles. Thank you.
    I am in awe of the job she does - but would prefer that we learned to stand our own. Not going to be a happening thing anytime soon.

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    1. EC, we are republicans with monarchist tendencies, or masochistic tendencies perhaps. I think once Charles' reign is out of the way, if he ever gets to, I think the royals will be more popular in Australia and we will never get rid of them.

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  4. I just adore her, funny faces and all. :)

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    1. Snoskred, it is a pity we don't see a little more of her humorous side. Not too much, just a bit.

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  5. "I did but see her passing by..." then the phone rang and she was forgot..
    Battenberg? I thought it was something else, Mountbatten? shows how little I know about her.
    She was pretty in her early years, but the later photos look like she is having digestion problems.

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    1. River, who are you talking about? Oh yes, her. I did once check and the name was Battenberg but I forgotten when and when it was changed. I think they wanted to be rid of the royals' obvious German heritage. Mountbattten could well be what the name was changed to from Battenberg.

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  6. I see a lot of my mother and aunties in her. Same generation.

    I think its time to relinquish the monarchy upon her death or abdication.

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    1. Allen, I see a bit of my grandmother in her, the stiff middle bit encased by a girdle.

      That would be the ideal time, but I just don't think it will happen. Like country towns preserved buildings because there was no money in the town, I think apathy will have the same effect and see the monarchy go on here.

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  7. I too grew up before and during Elizabeth II's long reign and have nothing against her personally. But the head of state cannot be an inherited position!!!!!

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    1. Hels, inherited position goes against everything I believe in, yet has achieved position resulted in much better?

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    2. That should read 'yet has the alternative..'

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  8. What a great selections of photos of the Quuen. I had a laugh, a few grins....great sense of humour you have Andrew....:)

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    1. Such a kind comment Margaret. Others did the work. I just stole and assembled.

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  9. A great and entertaining collection of photos!

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    1. So Mitchell, where are your photos of King Carlos?

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  10. Made me laugh out loud Andrew, she does have an expressive visage :) I do think she's fabulous too!

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    1. Grace, I guess when you are in the public eye as much as she is, you will be caught with every kind of expression on your face.

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  11. "THE QUEEN" had never been "my" queen, but I have followed her life ever since my grandma took me to the cinema to see her coronation ! It was the very first time I had been in a cinema ! I think she is a very special woman who really fulfilled her duties. Only when Diana died, I didn't like her at all ! But she is a very intelligent woman and understood quickly that she had to change too. The pictures you have selected are really great ! I had to laugh ! and I also learned her real name "Betty Battenberg" hahaha ! Maybe that's why my grandma liked her !

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    1. Gattina, many people felt like you when Diana died. It is perhaps the only time her most ardent supporters were critical of her. I am sure she wishes she had played it better at the time.

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  12. BTW Philip's real name was Battenberg and has been translated to Mountbatten (Mount = Berg) and the reason was indeed because it sounded too German !

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    1. Good work Gattina. Thanks. I learnt the difference between berg and burg when we were in Germany after asking why some towns were one and some towns the other.

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  13. I wish I had video of the comedic 'riff' GS embarked on when looking over my shoulder at these photos, lol.

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    1. Typical Scot, disrespecting Her Majesty.

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  14. Well that was a collection of many photos, some not so good.
    I'm glad I'm not in the public eye I can burn bad photos of myself.
    Merle................

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    1. Merle, isn't that such a good thing about digital photography. You can make a photo disappear before anyone else sees it.

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  15. Bad Andrew, she was actually Princess Elizabeth of Windsor before marrying Phil the Greek. George V got the word during WW1 that anything German was on the nose and changed the family name to Windsor, lesser Royals like Prince Louis of Battenberg became head of the House of Mountbatten and was very snotty about having to change.
    I wouldn't take on her job for anything not even the jewell vaults so you know how serious I am.

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    1. Thanks for the stern history lesson Jah Teh. You would be a harsh school mistress. I just learnt today from Red that there are Australian opals among the Queen's jewels. We should fight for her to give them back to us, never mind the Greek Marbles.

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