Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Scottish Border’s Railway as she visits Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, the Queen becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. The Queen wore a Karl Ludwig coat with a matching Angela Kelly hat and a brooch handed down by Queen Victoria herself.
A little snapshot into the bizarre lives of T & Lo:
T (breathlessly): OHMIGOD, BETTY WINDSOR WORE VICKI HANOVER’S BROOCH TODAY!!!!
Lo: Okay, calm down and start again because I have no fucking idea what you just said. Did you start watching soap operas again?
You see, Betty, on this auspicious occasion, chose to wear a brooch that had been given to her by Queen Mary, who received it in turn from Queen Victoria. Now, if you wanted to be uncharitable about it, you could say that Betty was sending a subtle “I win, bitch” message to her great-great Grandmother, but of course we’re nothing but charitable around these parts so we choose to look at it in a more rosy light.
As … well, the person she is, doing the job she’s been doing the majority of her life, Queen Elizabeth is someone who understands quite well the power of symbols. In fact, we’d say her knowledge in that area is fairly close to unparalleled, since she’s spent over six decades living as a symbol. And because she’s a subtle sort and not given to public displays of … any emotions whatsoever, wearing Queen Victoria’s brooch on this day is her way of saying “The line is secure and unbroken. The Monarchy continues. Carry on.” In short, we thought it was a lovely gesture – and more importantly, a savvy one.
Also, her little Mad Hatter hats are just so damn cute.
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