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A Personal Tribute to the Official 80th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth
Posted: June 13, 2006
I have “known” HM Queen Elizabeth all of my life – after all, she had already been on the throne for well over a year by the time I was born! And so it is understandable that a great many of her subjects view her with an almost maternal awe! For not only is she a mother to her own children, but she is also truly a very grand and respected mother figure to literally many millions of loyal subjects Worldwide – and I am proud to count myself as one of them!
So yes, we have all “grown up” with her. We may not actually know her in person, but we know her person VERY well! And such dedication! She has devoted her entire life to serving the multi-faceted community of the Commonwealth, and succeeded in doing so in an exemplary and unblemished fashion. In her life, Queen Elizabeth has conferred over 387,000 honours and awards on others……..…but she unfortunately can never receive any such honour for her own remarkable service!
Here in the UK, the Formal Celebrations to mark the occasion will be held on June 15th. This will include a National Service of Thanksgiving in St. Paul’s Cathedral, a glittering Lunch at Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of London, and finally, a Beating of the Retreat by the 5 Royal Marines Bands which will also mark the 85th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
10 interesting & unusual facts about the HM Queen Elizabeth:
For many more interesting facts about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, visit the official site of the British Monarchy at this web site.
At times of great National rejoice such as this, I am proud to be British! And I am especially proud that we are fortunate enough to enjoy the reign of a Monarch so loved and so respected. So, like many millions of her loyal subjects across the globe, I would personally like to pass on my greetings…….. Happy Birthday Ma’am!
To finish, let me share with you one of my favourite, traditional British puddings. This classic, sumptuous yet simple dessert is truly fit for a Queen!
Queen of Puddings
1 pint (600ml) milk
2 oz (50g) unsalted butter
4 oz (110g) fresh white breadcrumbs
2 oz (50g) caster sugar (fine granulated sugar)
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
4 egg yolks, beaten
3 tablespoons raspberry jam, warmed
For the meringue
4 egg whites
4oz (110g) caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F, 180C, gas mark 4