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God Save the Queen: Elizabeth II

Today’s passing of the Queen of England closes out another set of brackets in my life. My earliest memories of television are Howdy Doody, Hopalong Cassidy, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and Queen Elizabeth II.

My family and I had just moved into our house on Lake Street in Glendale, California. I was six years old when the first TV set — black and white with a roof aerial — came into the house.  The above TV staples ruled my afterschool hours on a daily basis. But the first television that I remember being told to watch and which I watched, for hours, with my mother, father, and brother was the live broadcast of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

The Coronation was impressive enough for me to retain memory traces of the room we watched it in, the set itself, and my mother’s continuing narration on the various dresses the Queen and company were wearing. It came, she was crowned, and my child’s mind promptly forgot all about it.

Fast forward, twenty-five years and, through a remarkable series of events, I found myself the Publisher and Editor of the English edition of Penthouse Magazine in London. I lived just off the backyard of Buckingham Palace at Number 17 Eton Place in Belgravia. (That’s the same street on which the townhouse in the original Upstairs/Downstairs was located)

My office was in the much less tony section of West End Avenue where fruitmongers sold you pounds of strawberries shoveled into paper sacks with all the delicacy of a mallet. The beer was warm (“Pint O Pride please.”) and surprisingly potent.

The biggest party in the United Kingdom in that year was the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth’s reign. It was a happy time to be in England and Scotland and yes even Wales. Ireland was a different story since “the troubles” were still raging in that part of the Commonwealth. But the Brits are good at nothing if not ceremony and the Silver celebrations went on and on and on and on… (repeat and repeat.)

And now Queen Elizabeth has finally passed from the scene rounding out that element of my life’s story. Upon hearing the news today, crowds formed outside of Buckingham Palace and sang “God Save the Queen.”

I’m sure it will be sung in a well-formed and well-executed way many times in the coming weeks, but today — like the broken world in which the Queen died — it sounds off-key and lackluster.

Still, it was a gift from my parents that they made an eight year old boy watch a fuzzy and grainy black and white ceremony to that it remains a fuzzy and grainy black and white memory in the mind of this ancient man many decades later. And again I can feel the hinges of the door of history groan as they turn to a new as yet unseen page.

Godspeed, Elizabeth. God save the queen.

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  • John McCreary September 8, 2022, 4:07 PM

    I too was in London during the Silver Jubilee – a grand party! My father (age 87) informs me that he was 17 when she was crowned. He remembers the funeral of her father, King George VI, and now he will see another monarch laid to rest. Her dignity and steadfastness have made me a closet monarchist, although I am doubtful that Charles will be an adequate replacement. Regardless, the Queen is dead; long live the King!

  • Roadie September 8, 2022, 6:17 PM

    Not a fan of Piers Morgan, but his was a moving tribute to a most remarkable woman. He also describes so well the things about Britain and Britons that have made me a life-long Anglophile. It’s so cool you lived on storied Eton Place, like a character in an Edwardian novel. Many sighs today, and a Montgomery-Gentry song that doesn’t fit at all (unless Her Majesty was a closet country music fan). The chorus keeps going through my head:

    Gone like a freight train
    Gone like yesterday
    Gone like a solider in the Civil War, bang bang
    Gone like a ’59 Cadillac
    Like all the good things
    That ain’t never coming back
    She’s gone.

  • Casey Klahn September 8, 2022, 7:14 PM

    Her majesties’ a pretty nice gal, but she hasn’t got a lot to say.

    Britain remains somehow a conservative bastion in Europe and the world, in spite of her new kings’ fetish on the environment and apparent glad-handing of Marx.

    I hope the UK and GB get smart fast. The whole shit show rests on a slope tilted at greater angles daily. Below: the abyss.

    • Tom Hyland September 8, 2022, 8:49 PM

      GB and Charles could hit the skids really fast now if He doesn’t take notice and reel it in. However, Charles’ globalist drumbeat could hasten a reckoning that might topple himself and the royal existence forever. Not a bad turn of events.

      • Mike Austin September 9, 2022, 4:26 AM

        Charles is a simpleton and an absurd excuse for a man. He was overheard on the phone speaking with his whore—later his wife—Camilla Parker-Bowles, wishing that he could be her tampon. Charles got his wish.

        • Jack September 9, 2022, 6:53 AM

          I remember that and after all of the years since, that statement is the only thing I remember him being quoted for. As far as I am aware, he has said nothing of any importance except maybe ‘mummy’.

          Chuck the Twat is a NWO and Globalist louse with no accomplishment of which I am aware but he is another element in the on going shit show that we call “The Future”.

    • Mike Austin September 9, 2022, 4:22 AM

      Casey: Nice Beatles reference. Abbey Road, yes?

      • Casey Klahn September 9, 2022, 8:19 AM

        Can’t remember the album, but it’s a memorable lyric, huh?

        BTW, I got your books on the N and will be happily reading them. My library is a mess and I hope I can find the trilogy I want to send you.

        • Tom Hyland September 9, 2022, 2:34 PM

          “Her Majesty” is a very brief McCartney ditty that ended side 2 of Abbey Road.
          “Her Majesty she’s a pretty nice girl but she doesn’t have a lot to say.
          Her Majesty she’s a pretty nice girl but she changes from day to day.
          I wanna tell her that I love her a lot but I gotta get a belly full o’ wine.
          Her Majesty she’s a pretty nice girl, some day I’m gonna make her mine, oh yeah
          Some day I’m gonna make her mine.”

  • Hale Adams September 8, 2022, 10:26 PM

    Charles may not make a good king, but England has had worse — John comes to mind.

    On a lighter note ……

    In 1986, my sister, her husband, and their two daughters spent about six months in Scotland — my brother-in-law was a college professor in those days, and the University “loaned” him to some college in Edinburgh. One day, my sister took my nieces (ages 4 and 6) out shopping in the town, and in one shop, my sister noticed my older niece standing at one of those rotating display racks for postcards. Amy was looking and looking and looking at one of the postcards with a very puzzled expression for a long time, so my sister asks:

    My sister: “What are you looking at, Amy?”

    Amy: “Mommy, why is Grandma wearing a crown?”

    My sister and the shopkeeper both got a pretty good laugh out of that one.

    My mother was about the same age as Queen Elizabeth, resembled her pretty closely, and could have passed as the Queen at fairly close range — their tastes in clothes were pretty similar.

    Rest in peace, Your Majesty.

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People’s still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

  • Gordon Scott September 8, 2022, 11:22 PM

    The new prime minister, Liz Truss, is said to be removing all fracking restrictions first thing. Apparently there are no laws against it; it was merely policy. If Boris had done this in the spring when the problem became apparent, they could have had more gas by winter. Better late, better still if they kick the virtue signaling greenies in the Conservative party to the curb.

    • Casey Klahn September 9, 2022, 8:24 AM

      The Daily Mail website has a long scroll of Charles, Charles, Charles, Camilla, Boris J., Charles…I got done scrolling and I though “hey! They’ve got a new more conservative PM! Where the F. was she in this news article??” The Daily Mail is a habitat for demons. They don’t bring the news, they scribe for the devil. Use them as your tampon, bishes (said to the elite in London).

  • Foo September 8, 2022, 11:33 PM

    Nicely done, G.
    Yes, a gallant and truly remarkable woman has passed.
    Pierced Organ redeems himself.
    The Elephant in the room is “what’s next.”
    But I wont sully The Queen’s memory with that.

    Yes, things are shifting in the wind…
    Re: history’s door creaking…I hear it, too.
    G have you read The Signs? Or the Fourth Turning?
    Much to digest, but another post with your intuitive artists insight would be most welcome.

  • Jim September 9, 2022, 12:31 AM

    Note if you will, the close resemblance of Queen Elizabeth II, with the visage of one George Washinton, Father of our Country.

    I’ll just write it off to kindred spirits, and leave the details here for discussioin.

    Alarm in four hours, gotta work, tomorrow.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  • Mike Austin September 9, 2022, 4:33 AM

    I have nothing at all against the late queen, and I wish her well as she enters Eternity. In America, though, the idea of a monarchy was settled in 1776. The only kings and queens here are on a chess board or in a deck of cards.

    However, there is something that has nagged at me since I became a thinking human being some 50 years ago. Among all the forms of government devised by man, the only one that gets the stamp of approval from Christ is monarchy. He invites us into His Kingdom, not His republic.

    • Jack September 9, 2022, 6:56 AM

      Not just monarchy. Only His Monarchy

      • Mike Austin September 9, 2022, 7:35 AM

        Monarchy has been the most common form of government in History. It would frequently slip into its less attractive form of tyranny. After the spread of the Gospel, the kings of Europe would use Christianity to bolster their own claims to kingship—the “Divine Right of Kings”. To overthrow a king was seen as an afront to God—especially to those kings overthrown. Thus the hysterical reaction by all of Europe to the murder of Louis XVI. The French Revolution was seen as an anti-Christ regime and an insult to God—which it was.

        Witness today the maniacal reaction of the regime in Washington DC to any suggestion that the 2020 election was rigged. The elites see this as an affront to their “divine right to rule” and a threat to Biden himself, though their god is Lucifer and their goal is to create a Hell on earth. A monarchy, if you will, governed by Satan himself.

        • Casey Klahn September 9, 2022, 2:12 PM

          Well said.

        • Jack September 9, 2022, 2:18 PM

          That’s right and I once thought that they were not aware…could not be aware….of whom they served but all that has gone on through the past 6 decades I gave up on that idea. Their choices are clear, evil and up in our faces but they don’t frighten me at all. They are in the worst possible spiritual and soulful condition that people could find themselves and I don’t feel the slightest amount of sympathy or concern for them.

  • pgt beauregard September 9, 2022, 5:56 AM

    Presided over the decline of Brittania
    Said nothing while her own people become a minority in their homeland
    In 50 years there will be no England

    Oh, but she looked exquisite having tea

    • Mike Austin September 9, 2022, 7:16 AM

      Fifty years? There is no England today. She is filled with swarthy foreigners who will never be English, but happily rule over the once-great Englishmen. England was eviscerated in the trenches of World War I—a war she could have easily avoided. She staggered on only to be dragged into yet another European war. Whatever was left of England after 1945 could only watch as her once mighty empire was dismantled and auctioned off to 3rd World types. England only lives in the pages of History books. She once ruled the waves. Now she can scarcely rule the Thames.

  • Anonymous September 9, 2022, 7:19 AM

    I have nothing against this old lady. She filled whatever her role required but as far as I know she made no suggestions for changes or wrote any new law to benefit her people and she stood quietly by while England has been invaded by African and middle eastern thugs who, I promise you, will eventually take the place.

    Maybe I am wrong and I simply cannot see it but I suspect that she had no authority at all. Nothing, Nada, Zip.shit in the way of swat beyond the attempted management of her family. She was only a figure head and a reminder to Brits that they were once ruled by monarchs. Brits seem to love that idea.

  • Dirk September 9, 2022, 8:55 AM

    May the Queen rest in Peace, her contribution has been huge.

    May god grant Charles the wisdom to unfuck what’s happening in England.

  • pfsm September 9, 2022, 10:29 AM

    I remember watching the Queen’s coronation on tv, at least partly because I sneaked away from a school picnic at a park to a family friends’ house next door to watch it.
    “May god grant Charles the wisdom to unfuck what’s happening in England.” From what I know about him, that is what it will take.

  • ghostsniper September 9, 2022, 1:48 PM

    From the smartest man on the web:

    The decline of England on her watch wasn’t all her fault, of course. She was a constitutional monarch, not an absolute one. But it must be noted that not only did she do nothing to stop the decline, the very little that she did do made matters worse, such as when she intervened to convince a reluctant Margaret Thatcher to have Britain join the anti-apartheid sanctions regime against her own Commonwealth subjects in South Africa.

    In days of oldt, surely a beheading offense.

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