“In loving and devoted memory.”
The Queen’s Wreath
Flowers and foliage cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House. It sat in a nest of English moss and oak branches.
The foliage was selected for its symbolism — rosemary (for remembrance), myrtle (an ancient symbol of a happy marriage), and English oak (symbolic of the strength of love). The myrtle was cut from a plant grown from a sprig of myrtle that featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip in 1947.
Beautiful, and poignant, and reverent BBC live 9-hour coverage for Elizabeth II’s funeral today. Well done. Thank you for the history lessons, too.
I think this is just about my favorite capture of Queen Elizabeth, before her reign. WWII, 1945.
Text translated: “Elizabeth II, a life for the crown.”
From the BBC with the announcement of Her Majesty’s passing.
15 prime ministers served Queen Elizabeth beginning with Winston Churchill. She also met 13 of the last 14 U.S. presidents. LBJ was the one president she did not meet in person.
I read this evening Elizabeth reigned as Queen for 30% of U.S. history. 30%. In the UK, an astounding 80% of the residents have only ever known one monarch – Elizabeth II.
Hers was truly a remarkable life, well lived in service and duty, serving until the very end.
These captures are from the day this week she welcomed Liz Truss as Prime Minister, about 48 hours before her death. It would be her final public appearance.
Dame Helen Mirren shared her memories of the Queen. Mirren was awarded the Oscar for her performance portraying Elizabeth II in the 2006 film,‘The Queen.’
As the news was being received the Queen had died, a rainbow appeared over Buckingham Palace and London.
I was finishing (!) the book, ‘The Manuscript,’ on the little French balcony when I received a push notification about the Queen’s passing.
It became eerily quiet very quickly. It almost felt as if we were suddenly in a vacuum. Nothing. Silence. Even the sassy ducks stopped their incessant quacking for a bit. Then I heard someone across the river start playing the British National Anthem. The sound carried across the water.
So much to share about the powerful final pages. This book has become almost a sacred text for me. I’ll post more tomorrow. This evening, with the quiet, a feeling of reverence in the streets of Limoux, contemplation for a woman who lived her life in dignified service for her country and people for 70 years, beginning at the age of 27.
“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
This speech was given on her 21st birthday, 21 April 1947, while on a tour with her parents and sister in South Africa.
‘In a speech broadcast on the radio from Cape Town, the Princess dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth.’ [Royal.uk]
In six years, she would honor her promise.
As the new British Prime Minister remarked speaking to the parliment:
“The whole house will agree never has a promise been so completely fulfilled.”
Tomorrow’s front page.
Julian Assange is not a hero. And he certainly isn’t a journalist. He manipulated document leaks for his personal political motivations in 2016. And those actions directly led to 1.6.21. -dayle
Assange, Avowed Foe of Clinton, Timed Email Release for Democratic Convention
Hillary Clinton says Julian Assange colluded with Russia to help Donald Trump win US election
Ex-Ecuadorian president confirms Assange meddled in US election from London embassy
Assange helped sabotage U.S. election, remember?
Every United States intelligence agency has concluded that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange worked hand-in-hand with the Russians as they interfered in our 2016 election.
December 6, 2021
‘Cover story by Barton Gellman on a Republican Party still in thrall to Donald Trump—and better positioned to subvert the next election than it was the last.’
“The next attempt to overthrow a national election may not qualify as a coup. It will rely on subversion more than violence, although each will have its place. If the plot succeeds, the ballots cast by American voters will not decide the presidency in 2024. Thousands of votes will be thrown away, or millions, to produce the required effect. The winner will be declared the loser. The loser will be certified president-elect.”
The painstaking records – made up of 137 pages of columns and rows – include how often people pray, how they dress, whom they contact and how their family members behave.
China Uighurs: Detained for beards, veils and internet browsing
- Passport Applications
- Guilt by Association
- Family Members’ Travel
- Friends Visited
- Home Religious Atmospheres
- How Often They Prayed
- Islamic Political Leanings
- Violating China’s Strict Family Planning Laws
- Organizing Religious Study Groups
“It reveals the witch-hunt-like mindset that has been and continues to dominate social life in the region,” he said.
In early 2017, when the internment campaign began in earnest, groups of loyal Communist Party workers, known as “village-based work teams”, began to rake through Uighur society with a massive dragnet.
For every main individual, the 11th column of the spreadsheet is used to record their family relationships and their social circle.
China has long defended its actions in Xinjiang as part of an urgent response to the threat of extremism and terrorism.
[It’s imperative U.S. citizens be aware of this country’s language used by political leaders, pundits, and media. Be diligent. Pay attention. Think of the human rights violations already being afflicted and the reasons given. Use this report from the BBC as a transparency for not only China, but other countries as well. Political theorist Hannah Arendt writing about totalitarian leaders of the 20th century: they instilled in their followers a mixture of gullibility and cynicism…the onslaught of propaganda conditioned people to believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. -dayle]