Sunday, June 24, 2012

God Bless the Queen

Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl, but she doesn't have a lot to say,
Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl, but changes from day to day,
I want to tell her that I love her a lot,
but I've got to get a belly full of wine,
Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl,
One day I'm going to make her mine, oh yeah,
One day I'm going to make her mine.

                                                 The Beatles,  from the White Album

I've wondered if Sir Paul sang this for her at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert this month?

The line that he wrote long ago, "but she changes from day to day," is an interesting one. For as much as Queen Elizabeth as been a constant figure in the world for the past 60 years, she has been one that has .... changed to save what it is that she represents.

The Queen was featured in Vogue, June 2012, it read, "In an era of cheap celebrity... the queen has become an unlikely champion of authenticity." She has learned to move with the times, all the while remaining true to herself and setting an example of discipline and dedication."

Of course her truest test of relevancy wasn't World War II or the Cold War or the Falklands, it was Diana. One of the best reads in recent years, in my opinion, is The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown. Oh, the life that poor girl led. Some to her own making for sure. When I got to the end and read the passages about that fatal crash, I wept. Wept that a system could take hold of someone who very pointedly wanted to be a part of it, but wasn't equipped to deal with the fact that the tale would have no fairy to support it. She wanted that Prince, but she didn't look beyond the wedding to consider what the reality of the commitment would involve. How many girls do you know that put all of their energy into the wedding ... spend tens of thousands of dollars ... and then ... aren't happy? Diana's story isn't any different than that on a very basic level.

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The Queen, oh, everyone thought that she was the bad guy in it. I think that the Queen was being just that ... herself. I imagine that she thought that Diana was a very silly girl. And when you consider what the Queen had been asked to do at Diana's age, one can understand that she didn't have patience for her, or Fergie for that matter. The Queen has given her whole life to England. And she's done it with grace. Obviously, it was time for her to 'change.' But I don't think that she changed at all; instead, she added a skill ... take the pulse of the nation and the world and consider it. Take care of it.

I think that road ahead will be much less bumpy for the Queen .... especially as far as her family is concerned, which is how most of the world considers her. Will has married smart. Harry will probably do likewise. Even though Diana was a child of 80's excess and hysteria (hello! Dynasty and Dallas!), she managed to do right by her boys. Maybe it was the blend of super stuffy (Charles) and pretty but silly (Diana) that made for all right.

Interestingly, we really don't know much about Elizabeth. She has not splashed across any paper. Possibly this is how she's kept herself in tact. As public as she is, she is ... reserved in a way that allows her to maintain her true self. She, more than Diana, is the one to emulate. She's the cool cucumber. She's the one, who goes home, has her gin, and sinks into a very private, though satisfying life ... hey, her marriage seems to be rock solid.

And have you seen her lately? She's beautiful ... and her skin! That's a woman who knows who she is.

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