Elizabeth I Queen of England

Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the last monarch of the House of Tudor. Wikipedia
Reign: 17 November 1558 –; 24 March 1603
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.
All my possessions for a moment of time.
Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.

Each day of Christmas week we celebrate feasts of martyrs beginning with Saint Stephen and then Saint John the Evangelist, The Holy Innocents and Saint Thomas Becket.  The last, Thomas Becket was killed not by order of King Henry II of England but as a result of his expressed wish, “Will no one rid me of this priest!,” and then there are all the Catholic Martyrs who died at the direct order of King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.


What a contrast between Queen Elizabeth I and  Queen Elizabeth II.  Queen Elizabeth delivered her annual Christmas message to the British Commonwealth today and it is worth hearing and watching.

Elizabeth II and I share a life in common:  I was born in the year 1923 and she was born in the year 1926.  I have always felt a certain admiration for Elizabeth II because of her dignity and the way she conducted herself in the midst of all the scandals being perpetrated by the other members of her family.

Her Christmas message below is worth watching.

Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. Wikipedia
Born: April 21, 1926 (age 91), Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Did you know: Elizabeth II is the oldest current serving state leader by age (91 years, 241 days)

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