June 29, 2008


Queen owns a McDonald's (Daily Telegraph, 28/06/2008)

The Queen owns a drive-through McDonald's burger restaurant, the Royal accounts have revealed.

Among Her Majesty's most recent acquisitions was a retail park in Slough - which encompasses a drive-through McDonalds.

The Queen’s Tears (Mark Steyn, September 17, 2001, National Review)

The foreign leader who said it best last week was the Queen, though she didn't really say a word. I have met Her Majesty from time to time (I am one of her Canadian subjects), and to put it at its mildest, for those with a taste for American vernacular politics, she can be a little stiff: The Queen stands on ceremony and she has a lot of ceremony to stand on. But on Thursday, for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, she ordered the Coldstream Guards to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" — the first time a foreign anthem had been played at the ceremony. The following day something even more unprecedented happened: At Britain's memorial service for the war dead of last Tuesday, the first chords of "The Star-Spangled Banner" rumbled up from the great organ at St Paul's Cathedral, and the Queen did something she's never done before — she sang a foreign national anthem, all the words. She doesn't sing her own obviously ("God Save Me"), but she's never sung "La Marseillaise" or anything else, either; her lips never move.

And at that same service she also sang "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic," for the second time in her life — the first was at the funeral of her first prime minister, Winston Churchill. On Friday, she fought back tears. When she ascended the throne, Harry Truman was in the White House. The first president she got to know was Eisenhower, back in the war, when he'd come to the palace to brief her father. She is the head of state of most of the rest of the English-speaking world — Queen of Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Belize, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, etc. But she understands something that few other leaders of the West seem to — that today the ultimate guarantor of the peace and liberty of her realms is the United States. If America falls, or is diminished, or retreats in on itself, there is no "free world." That's the meaning of the Queen's "Ich bin ein Amerikaaner" moment.

Don't ask me who else you can count on.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2008 7:57 AM

Brought tears to my eyes. God save the queen indeed, at least until William is old enough to take over.

Posted by: erp at June 29, 2008 11:15 AM

I'm glad for what has happened, but I'll bet she didn't sing the third stanza, the one about the hirelings and slaves washing out their foul footsteps' pollution with their own blood.

The fact remains that we had to get loose from Great Britain in order to become to power which could come back in the fullness of time to save the old world from its own errors.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 29, 2008 12:34 PM

There will be a knighthood waiting for W to thank him for invading Iraq. Sir Ronald for being a cold warrior, Sir George Sr. for beating Saddam in the Gulf, Sir George Jr. for getting rid of Saddam.

The lady loves to fight.

Posted by: ic at June 29, 2008 6:01 PM

She is her father's daughter.

Posted by: Mikey at June 29, 2008 6:34 PM
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