Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Queens

To be honest I couldn't really think of much else than began with "Q", at least, not anything that wouldn't require a little preparation. Now I've written that of course, and made a start on this post, I am getting ideas. Isn't that always the way? No? I thought it was. I'm stalling here aren't I? Yes. Yes I am. I don't intend to stop any time soon either.

See, the queen of England, Her Royal Highness/Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recently had her diamond jubilee. As if you didn't know. This basically means she's sat on the throne for sixty years. Which is no mean feat. Aysh taught me that the last monarch to reach this feat was Queen Victoria herself. Though of course the royal family, and the way they work, and even society, has changed a lot. I don't think that there will be such a long gap between a diamond jubilee again. Well, it depends on when the person takes the throne I guess. I doubt Prince Charles will see his diamond jubilee, but sometimes I doubt he will see his coronation. I wouldn't be too surprised if by some cruel twist of fate, he dies the day before the Queen does. He's so mad (as in insane) if he does take the throne, he wants to change his name and become King George (I think) because in the past King Charles's have been of questionable sanity. So he's so insane he's going to change his name to prove he isn't. Way to go.

As I was saying about society and the royal family though; A few hundred years back we were in a war pretty much every week. When one ended we just buried our dead, healed our wounded, and then jumped right back up on those horses. Way, way, way, back, the royal family themselves would join in the fight. Several monarchs even died on the battlefield, such as King Harold who died in the battle of Hastings in 1066. I studied that thing twice, so if I have anything wrong there, it's the teachers fault.

Take that in to account, as well as not very good average ages and living conditions, and you can see why no one really rules for sixty years. Then again, no monarch really "rules" these days. Though it probably is within her power to dissolve parliament and take back power for herself. I don't think she's going to be the ruler who does that though. If Prince Harry got the throne, he might do it for a laugh. That fella seems alright.

Another interesting fact on the subject of queens before I leave you be. I don't think I've ever seen a queen in a Disney movie. At least, all the attention is on the princesses anyway. The only time I've seen something close to actual ruling royalty in a Disney movie is King Triton in The Little Mermaid.

EDIT: Okay I should have said that there is occasionally a queen in Disney, but they are almost always portrayed as old and evil. 

49 comments:

  1. Snow White has an evil Queen. Alice in Wonderland had the Queen of Hearts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Snow White counts, and falls under the edit. Alice was based on a book, but The Queen Of Hearts was evil anyway, falls under the edit.

      Delete
  2. I was going to say Snow White too! The reason we never see the queen anymore is because women today have a need to be a princess. They feel they need to be spoiled and don't want to have to mature. Even if they deserve to be spoiled, the comes a point when it must be cut off. Anyway...that's all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do quite agree with you really. I wonder if you can blame Disney for any of that.

      Delete
  3. Yes where are all the Queens at?? Snow White...nup that is all I can think of as well.
    Apparently...my husband just told me after I read that out loud re Queens in Disney films...that apart from 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy's parents) are the only two stories that both parents are still alive or together. Weird ha!
    Love your "ramblings" by the way :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is another good point. Most people in Disney films are, or become, orphans. Or at the very least have single parents. Mulan also had both her parents though :)

      Delete
  4. Great post tonight. With the Queen's Jubilee all over the TV it is good to read your take on things.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I know you've given your disclaimer, but the disney in me can't stop myself. There was one good queen who was a MILF. Queen Leah in Disney's Sleeping Beauty (she was the mother).

    Why am I a geek? I don't know. Just overlook this comment. And happy queen's birthday if you guys had it too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey being a geek and knowing things like that is awesome.

      Delete
  6. It's very fitting that you talk about the Queen in this post Mark considering we're in the middle of Jubilee season so this definitely was a good one. The thing about reaching sixty years in the throne is that you need to start of kind of young to have a chance, for example if you wanted to reach sixty years and started off at the age of 30 you'd have to live until ninety which is a tough one to do for sure. I don't think anyone will ever replicate the sixty years the Queen has had because of it since Charles will be starting off at an old age and William probably won't take over until he's in his 40s in my opinion but great post regardless mate.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well the jubilee was what gave me the idea. It will be a while until someone else hits sixty, but it is more likely now than it used to be with how much longer people live. You could take it in your thirties and potentially reach sixty. It's not like you need to abdicate early if your mind starts going. I think if Charles does get the job, he'll be lucky to see 10 years there.

      Delete
  7. If Prince Harry ever took the throne, he would die. Women everywhere would fly to England and try to have their way with him. Power coupled with beauty is dangerous, unless Scientology is involved. Look at what they did to Tom Cruise. It's quite sad.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think Tom Cruise made Tom Cruise crazy. I don't think any other Scino is as batshit insane as him, so it can't be all their fault. Years of repressed sexuality will do that to you thought I guess. Harry is a pretty cool guy, but being ginger I don't think he's under threat of mass hysteria like that. I don't think he's going to be the next William. If he gets married it'll be a holiday just because everyone is so surprised it'll happen they need a day off to get over it.

      Delete
  8. Wait, your queen has the power to disband the parliament and rule by herself? What?
    That's... fucked up man.

    But yeah royalty should be like back in the good days. Doing war on horseback, hunting folks down, etc. etc.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Theoretically. When there is a general election she has to close and disband parliament, and then she has to announce it's reformation when the election is over. Assuming there is a winner. Therefore it stands to reason that she can dissolve parliament at will. She must have some power.

      I don't think we'll ever see a return to that kind of royalty really.

      Delete
  9. Nice post, I really enjoyed it (of course, I like royalty so anything about them is fun lol). I didn't know that detail about Prince Charles wanting to change his name... the reason for it is absurd and I hope it's just a rumour. In any case, I think he should abdicate in favour of Prince William. Too bad they're not asking my advice.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Actually while no one is actively asking for your advice, there has been pressure on him to just let William have a go instead. Though he'll never do it. He's been waiting to be king for over sixty years now. As far as I know it's true, though it is technically just a rumour :)

      Delete
  10. Oooh I liked your point on the absence of queens in Disney movies, or at least non-evil ones. I never thought of that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a rather disturbing trend if you ask me. Disney aren't the only people who do it either. In My Little Pony the land is run by Princess Celestia. No queen at all. It's presumed by the more crazy fanbase that her and Luna (her sister) killed the queen and stole power for themselves, and run a totalitarian state.

      Delete
  11. All those diamonds she is wearing can be used to feed a small country! How much bling does one need to distinguish their place in society?

    Good point about queens in disney movies, they are either evil or old wrinkly hags...or not mentioned at all!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One can never have too much bling to show one's place in society. That's probably the only thing that rappers have taught us.

      Delete
  12. There aren't many good queens, are there? Though I do like the one in Sleeping Beauty! I dressed up as her for Halloween one year ;D x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is a pretty cool costume :) Unless you count the overly effeminate male characters there weren't many good queens no :)

      Delete
  13. Darn, I was hoping for a post about the band Queen...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry man but all I really know about them is that my mum is a huge fan, they sang Bohemian Rhapsody, and their lead singer was gay and died of AIDS.

      Delete
  14. haha berc, am i the only one that wishes death upon her and all other royal families? those scums!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't think you're the only one really.

      Delete
  15. The structure of the English monarch has definitely changed a lot. Unless I'm mistaken, they don't even have any real "power" any more. It is supposedly symbolic for the most part now. I could be wrong though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just know she has to dissolve parliament every election. So I assume she can do it whenever she wants.

      Delete
  16. a diamond jubilee sounds like a fricken expensive drink...but it turns out it's just an amount of time spent using the royal we. Bigger question, if Elton John can get knighted, why can't I?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Elton John has done huge things in this life, but I think I've earned a knighthood too. I wouldn't rule out it being a really expensive drink either.

      Delete
  17. She's been on TV for 4 days now and I've had enough!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It'll all be over soon. Hopefully.

      Delete
  18. I missed a lot of the Jubilee coverage but I do find the Queen cute in her little pastel outfits. On the whole though not overly bothered by the Royals. Now the royal horses, I find them adorable! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well being a huge horse fan, I can agree with that :)

      Delete
  19. i kinda hoped this would be about drag queens, to be honest. though i guess that would be "D", wouldn't it? ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That was an idea I had, and it would fit under Q, but I decided against it. i wasn't sure I could get an entire, non-offensive, post out of it.

      Delete
  20. It would be interesting if he did adopt George as his regal name...wasn't one of the George's the mad one?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know but at least one of the Charles's was executed. I think that George just seems a very British name thanks to our patron saint being St. George, even though he wasn't British.

      Delete
  21. Queens not for this time

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hahaha good point about the name-changing! I was going to mention that the queens in Disney films are usually evil, but you got there before me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They really are. There are very few exceptions.

      Delete
  23. Bah! Humbug is the Queen!
    Na jokes :P, but did you go see the boats thing at the English Channel (I think)? Apparently the NZ crew from there was pretty cold.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I missed that. I didn't watch any of the processions or celebrations or anything. But we've had some crap weather lately, so I guess they would be cold.

      Delete
  24. Umm,... HELLOOOOO... what about "The Lion King"? How could you forget that? Maybe someone mentioned it in the comments, but by this time there are like 10,000 of them, so I didn't read them all. I didn't know the Queen had the power to dissolve parliament. Couldn't some lunatic could become King or Queen and try to install a dictatorship? Seems like a much cooler deal to be super duper rich and not have the true responsibility of running the country though. Well, whatever, Boxxy is my Queen, and if anything happens to her...Rebecca Black is next in line.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In The Lion King I'm not sure what happened to Simba's mother. It's been a long time since I watched that movie. They've mentioned for the most part that queens in Disney movies are old and evil, but there are a few, very very few, exceptions. Theoretically, according to me, it is possible for them to dissolve parliament and try and install a dictatorship, but I don't know if it's actually possible.

      Delete
  25. Thanks for the history lesson. My Yankee ass just got schooled.

    PS. Do you remember how batshit crazy Prince Charles was back in the '90s when he told Camilla he wanted to be her tampon? It's good to know that he has kept the madness alive for so many years.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I never thought about that in the Disney movies.... There's only the evil queen in Snow White, and I guess the queen in Sleeping Beauty, but I don't think she counts as she has like no role in the film.

    ReplyDelete
  27. LOL at the prince Harry bit. He seems the kinda guy to go bent on world domination if he ever reaches the throne.
    And you're right, rules about royalty are changing all the time. After William got married to kate, a new law was passed stating that if there first born is a girl, then she is the next heir to the throne, as opposed to the heir being strictly male unless there are no boys! progress!

    ReplyDelete

Don't forget to subscribe to comments so you know if I say something back. If you want that is.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...