Saturday, June 11, 2011
Royal News Roundup
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh turned ninety years old on Friday. For a very long time the media has made a great deal of sport about Prince Philip but he is one of my very favorite members of the British Royal Family. It was just another ‘day at the office’ for Prince Philip (who has long kept one of the busiest schedules of any Royal Family member) as he hosted a special luncheon for a charity devoted to helping the deaf. However, around the world there were honors as well. The Queen appointed her husband, a naval veteran of World War II, to the rank of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada appointed the Prince to the highest rank in the combined armed services of Canada, in London there was a 62-gun salute and the Grenadier Guards band at Buckingham Palace played “Happy Birthday” at the changing of the guard in his honor. Prince Philip is the oldest royal consort and the longest serving royal consort in British royal history. Reportedly, his schedule will be cut down now and, at the age of 90, perhaps it would be best to slow down just a little. Of course The Mad Monarchist wishes His Royal Highness a very happy birthday with many, many more to come. And, since today is the day that the birthday of the Queen is officially celebrated in the U.K. (with my favorite ceremony, the Trooping of the Colour, taking place among others) we can add to that our best wishes and congratulations to Her Majesty and a heartfelt shout of God Save the Queen!