The celebrations are over, Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha or Elizabeth Wettin for short has reigned for 60 years. In fact, that never was her name, she was Elizabeth Windsor, the family name change occurred in 1917 to sound less Germanic.
Interesting though, because Queen Victoria was from the House of Hanover, but took Prince Albert’s name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. So surely it follows that Elizabeth Windsor would become Elizabeth Mountbatten when she married Philip Mountbatten, well actually she did, but by Royal decree in 1952 she changed it all by declaring that her descendants would be called Windsor, unless, she decided in 1960 they were non royal, when they could use the name Mountbatten-Windsor.
Even more fun when you look at Prince Philips side, because Mountbatten should really be Battenberg, but again that is far to German sounding and was also changed. I say his name is really Battenberg, but that is also not strictly correct, Battenberg was his mothers name, his fathers name was Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, so following the Victorian tradition, she could have been called “Elizabeth Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg”.
I was quite moved watching the celebrations with the hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world waving flags and cheering the British Monarch, who at the age of 86 was looking really well. What a brilliant example of mass hypnosis! It makes you proud to be British, long live Elizabeth Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, sorry, Windsor.
I’m not here to knock the Queen, but if she really cared about her country, she should put her hand in her pocket and use some of her secret personal fortune to ease the debt problems the bankers have forced on them, or would that be a conflict of interest.
Talking of them, what a happy coincidence it was that the latest Bilderberg meeting took place while the world media was in London. The Queen must have been gutted when Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and David Rockefeller couldn’t attend the party because the Bilderberg meeting was more important.