Sunday, 5 February 2012
It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the throne tomorrow*, her father passing away on 6th February 1952, the news broken to her whilst in Kenya, residing at the Treetops Hotel; treetops being literal, the hotel was indeed a treehouse. Another resident wrote of the momentous occasion in the visitors book:
"For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience she climbed down from the tree next day a Queen — God bless her."
Today, ex British Prime Minister, Knight of the Garter, and chairman of the Diamond Jubilee Trust, John Major, spoke on the BBC's Andrew Marr show telling of how there was "no question" that Prince William would become King before Prince Charles and that the matter is "settled". Nevertheless, he praises Prince William and his "globally iconic" reputation. Major, typical of a politician, can't altogether be trusted, he clearly showed that during his stint as Prime Minister and what he neglects to advise is that Parliament could change the laws of succession almost overnight if required; furthermore, Charles could simply abdicate immediately if he took on the role thus leaving it free for summer-solstice born William. (Bear in mind public opinion here, and that there has been recent political question over the laws of succession in respect of the ban on Roman Catholics)
Whilst last week, apart from stripping ex Royal Bank of Scotland chairman, pharmakos Fred Goodwin, of his knighthood, we saw our Majesty in action at Sandringham, planting an oak tree to kick-start a project to plant 6 million trees, creating new woodland, as part of her Diamond Jubilee legacy. Schools and community groups are being given packs of native species trees, each including a sapling grown from acorn seeds collected on a royal estate.
* It took almost a year and a half before the actual coronation to happen, on 2nd June 1953. Prior to this, on 4th November 1952, she had signed the declaration required by Parliament.
BBC - bbc - Queen tree story.
BBC - Major on Marr show (video)