It was virtually impossible to watch the hundreds of thousands of cheering faces, many with tears streaming, hailing their queen, and not be moved. Read this article for fascinating details about the Diamond Jubilee events. A rock star’s got nothing on the royal family. Of course we applaud our presidents, but then again why wouldn’t we? We chose them.
It really says something when the people of a country adore a queen that was born to the position. The people had no voice in her being their leader, yet they are thrilled. Oh they might not have been happy with every single decision she has made over the past 60 years. And like any family, they have had their troubles. The Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and mistress Camilla debacle comes to mind. But in retrospect, these are probably some of the very things that preserve their connection to the “common” people. Who amongst us have not had things happen in our own families that we thank God are not played out in the eye of the public?
Watching the Diamond Jubilee festivities got me to wondering. Yes, being a royal is a birthright. But who was the first King of England and how did he gain the title? Well here’s a little trivia for your next cocktail party. You can find the whole story here. In short, King Aethelstan was the first King of a unified England and that position came as a combination of birthright and outright forceful takeover. That’s right, force. It wasn’t always all about polite society, tea and crumpets. But that’s a story for another summer blockbuster movie.