2014-08-27 22:01:16 UTC
The midpoint of her reign travels steadily through May 1983,
the time of Margaret Thatcher's second election.Since the last
of these I posted has scrolled off my server,I post anew:
Consider,if you would,the United Kingdom and Empire
as they were on July 23rd 1889.
Queen Victoria,under 2 months past 70,was on the throne,years closer to
her past Golden than upcoming Diamond Jubilee.The future Edward VII was
over 3 months from 48 (the current Prince of Wales is under 3 months from
66),the future George V was under 8 weeks past 24(the Duke of Cambridge
is over 2 months past 32),not yet Duke of York,and not yet heir apparent
to his father;nor was his elder brother yet the Duke of Clarence.
The future Archbishops of Canterbury who would crown these Kings were
Bishop of London and Dean of Windsor respectively.
The Church of England dioceses of Birmingham,Bradford,Coventry,Chelmsford,
Guildford,Portsmouth,St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich,Sheffield,and Southwark
did not yet exist...that of Wakefield (now abolished,along with Bradford,
in a reorganization after 125 years) was months past a year old.
Churchill was a teenager,Attlee was six,and no later Prime Minister
had yet been born (nor had any person in the world alive after 2003).
Keir Hardie's Independent Labour Party,let alone the Labour Party proper,
did not yet exist.
Many of the Colonies had yet to be colonized,Hong Kong was years from
adding the New Territories.
Battleships that would be scrapped as obsolete before World War I
had yet to be laid down.Ships built with sailing rigs were still
in the active fleet,and HMS Temeraire had yet to make port under
sail alone for the final time.
William Gladstone(born 1809) was years from his last term as
Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot(born 1803),Father of the House of Commons,
had been a member since 1830...before any of the Reform Bills.
(Charles Mahon,born 1800,had been a member discontinuously since then).
Lord Coleridge (born 1820) was Lord Chief Justice,and had been
the last Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (a position abolished
by the Judicature Act of 1873).The 1st Lord Esher(born 1815 or 1817,
sources disagree) was Master of the Rolls.
Sir Henry Keppel (born 1809,a lieutenant 1829),Sir Alexander
Milne(born 1806,a lieutenant 1827,commander 1830),and even
Sir Provo Wallis (born 1791,a lieutenant 1808,and commander 1813)
were among the Admirals of the Fleet.
Sir Patrick Grant and Lord William Paulet (both born 1804)
were Field Marshals.
The eldest Dukes included the 6th of Northumberland(b. 1810,
great-great-great-grandfather of the 11th and the current 12th Duke)
the 7th of Devonshire(b. 1808,great-great-great-grandfather of the
present 12th duke born 1944,he had first become an MP in 1829 and
a peer in 1834),and the 4th (and last) of Cleveland (born 1803).
The 3rd Earl Grey (born 1802,elder brother of the great-great-grandfather
of the septuagenarian present peer and of his predecessor) was a
Knight of the Garter.
The 1st Earl of Lovelace (born 1805) was still alive,a Lord-Lieutenant
The 3rd and 4th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield(born 1806)
had been a Knight of the Thistle since 1843,and had been an MP
from 1830 to 1840,with a spell in Government 1834-5.
Also among the Earls was the 6th Earl of Essex(born 1803).
The eldest of Earls,however,was the 6th of Albemarle,born 1799,
a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo.
The 9th Viscount of Arbuthnott(born 1806) was alive,the
current peer is the 17th.
Barons included the 1st Lord Ebury,born 1801.
The Lord Bishop of Chichester was Richard Durnford,born 1802.
Sir John Warren Hayes,born 1799,was the oldest baronet.
Cardinal Manning (born 1808) was Catholic Archbishop of Westminster,
but Cardinal Newman(born 1801) was the oldest British cardinal.
Abroad Alexander III was Emperor and Tsar-Autocrat of all the Russias
and Leo XIII(born 1810) was Pope.
Consider all the changes,natural and manmade,visited upon the world
in all the time since.
And now consider this...Queen Elizabeth II has been on the Throne
for MOST of that time since then.
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.