Queen Elizabeth: Long May She Reign

by Dr. Gary Welton

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
The Center For Vision & Values
The Center For Vision & Values

Grove City, PA –-(Ammoland.com)- Barring the unexpected, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 9, 2015, will become the longest reigning British monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901.

These historic 63-year reigns are separated by four kings who reigned for a combined total of only 51 years.

The majority of people living today have never experienced the sometimes national anthem, “God Save the King.” In fact, since 1837, “God Save the Queen” has been the national anthem over 70 percent of the time.

It would seem that the British have had their prayers answered, the prayers included three times in that national anthem: “Long live our noble queen!” “Long to reign over us.” “Long may she reign.” The anthem recognizes that the ultimate hopes of the British people are fixed on God, not on their queen, and that they are dependent on Him for His choicest gifts. The middle verse focuses on Britain’s enemies, and includes that memorable line, “Frustrate their knavish tricks,” which is just as relevant today as ever in British history, though they are facing a new type of threat.

The Queen’s family members are certainly products of the 20th century, and have faced many of the same struggles that the rich and famous have faced in our own country. Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth herself has continued to be a symbol of stability and strength to royal followers around the globe.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria

I had a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh many years ago, and I cannot fathom the realities of their public life. Yet, in many ways, my middle-class 21st century life is more similar to that of Queen Elizabeth than Queen Elizabeth’s life is akin to Queen Victoria’s.

Granted, the queens have had huge staffs of butlers, bakers, gardeners, dishwashers, chauffeurs, maintenance workers, and accountants. Nevertheless, as I take advantage of the technological advances of recent decades, Queen Victoria’s life of ease pales in comparison to my own.

I can communicate with my friends around the globe more quickly and more easily than Queen Victoria could communicate with Balmoral. With a simple adjustment to my thermostat, I can avail myself of either central heating or central air. I can heat my food in a “Quick Minute.” My showers are temperature controlled, with multiple jet-massaging shower heads. My bodily functions are removed with a simple flush. I have a life expectancy approaching 80, and the physicians have an array of antibiotics to fight off most nasty bacteria. Queen Victoria never had it so good; she might think that I am king for a day (or a month, or a year).

My 80-year old father-in-law, who doesn’t always appreciate the computer gadgets in his tractors and combines, nevertheless is awed by the technological advances he has witnessed in his lifetime. He regrets that his life expectancy will not permit him to see the next 50 years. Technological change continues at a rapid pace, in a way that is affordable to the middle class.

All things considered, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and this lowly commoner all share the reality that we are creatures made by a holy God, and all of us, whether royalty or commoner, are dependent upon Him. God save us all.

 

Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation to investigate positive youth development.

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Anson E. Long
Anson E. Long
6 years ago

Your notion of “inbred” is curious. For true royal inbreeding look to the 17th-century Spanish Habsburgs, whose uncle/niece pairings ultimately left no heirs.

‘How about the fact that all the tax money collected from us by the IRS goes to “the crown” as tribute?’

That would be the US government.

“Time to have a necktie party to get rid of these psychopaths!”

Who’s the psychopath?

Heinrich
Heinrich
6 years ago

Poppycock !!

suzanne
suzanne
6 years ago

Yup, someone has overestimated both their grasp of world AND our collective distaste for murdering eugenicist child molesters. How about the fact that all the tax money collected from us by the IRS goes to “the crown” as tribute? How about their enabling and protection of the banksters looting the entire planet from the City of London?
Time to have a necktie party to get rid of these psychopaths!

Carl
Carl
6 years ago

The very idea that some inbred moron(s) should “reign supreme” over “lowly commoners” is a clear indication of the stupidity of their “subjects.”

Nigel
Nigel
6 years ago

I will never forget the photo of her father the King of England teaching her the Nazi salute, the release of which she tried, but failed to suppress. What the poor commoners don’t understand is that the House of Windsor is really the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gothas which is of Germanic/Romanian descent. Prince Charles even brags of his genetic link to who? Vlad the Impaler, who as all boys and girls in the know recognizes was also called Dracula. The Royals are the blood suckers. You think its some accident they admired Hitler? Long live the Queen? I’d like to see… Read more »

CERN Alert
CERN Alert
6 years ago
Reply to  Nigel

The King was actually her uncle, but that is an easy mistake to make and makes no difference when you get right down to it. They’re all a bunch of New World Order nazis when you finally break your mind out of the Matrix. They have a severe disdain for humanity-at-large and always have. They have a plan to roll back the social gains of the Renaissance and the checks & balances of the Magna Carta, along with the “grand mistake” of 1776 Americana since these we have been blessed with these developments by our very Lord God, on High.… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
6 years ago

‘All the modern inconveniences’ – Mark Twain.

Lava
Lava
6 years ago

Someone thinks he has interesting thoughts. Sigh. Do you have anything relevant, Gary?