Today marks the 60th year that Queen Elizabeth II has been queen. Happy ... Queen Day? E took to the throne in 1952 when she was just 25 years old after her father, George VI, died. (What were you doing when you were 25?) And the ol' gal shows no signs of stepping down any time soon. In a message to the people of Britain, she stated: "In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship, and good neighborliness."
Aw, that's sweet. I wish we had someone so austere here in America. But ... isn't it time she throw in the scepter already? I know one person who thinks so ...
Prince Charles. At the rate he's going, that poor man is going be 85 when he becomes king. Of course, he hasn't expressed any displeasure with the situation -- that would be foolish -- but how could he not be displeased? His mother has been running the royal joint since she was 25; he's 63. Let him have a crack at it already. He's so close yet so far away. And besides, doesn't she want to just relax right now? She's 85!
Obviously, there are many, many perks to being the Queen of England -- one being, you're the freakin' Queen of England. But I certainly don't think Elizabeth would have to forgo her luxurious lifestyle if she stepped down. She'd just have to speak in public less, have fewer formalities, and cut down on the pillbox hats. No biggie. It should be a welcome change for her -- she can just enjoy her incredibly ostentatious life, no holds barred, as opposed to, you know, "working."
Perhaps that's what keeps her going, though -- the work. They say it's good to have a purpose in life, and maybe for Elizabeth, being queen is that purpose. It's a good one, I guess. But man, for Charles, it's really gotta suck sometimes.
Do you think Queen Elizabeth should step down and let her son have a go?
Image via Michael Gwyther-Jones/Flickr