Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 136: Her Majesty The Queen

Queen Elizabeth has been visiting the Toronto area for the past week or so. 
Here she is on Canada day with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
She looks like she has a great sense of humor!

I would have loved to catch a glimpse of her. I think she's adorable. And oh so stylish.

Here she is leaving church yesterday in Toronto with her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh.
This morning she will tour the local facility that manufactures the all-important Blackberry.

But the big question? I would like to know what's in her ever-present purse. 
Candy? A Blackberry? Maybe she's an iPhone gal.
Apparently lots of people wonder the same thing. Here is what I learned on the interwebs:

"There is more to the royal purse than its meager contents. It doubles as a signal device. 
When the Queen is carrying out her royal duties at some function, she uses her purse to communicate with her servants. When she shifts the bag from one arm to another, for instance, it means she’s ready to leave. 
When at a banquet, if the Queen sets her purse on the floor, it’s another bad sign. It means she finds the conversation boring and wants to escape. However, if the royal bag dangles happily from the crook of her left arm, she is happy and relaxed. 
One thing that can always be found inside the Queen's purse is an S-shaped metal meat hook that she can place on the edge of a piece of furniture and hang her purse on it. She always carries a metal make-up case given to her by Prince Philip as a wedding gift. 
She carries a collection of good luck charms, most of them gifts from her children, including dogs, horses, saddles, and horsewhips, reports the Daily Express, and photos of her children. 
She is never without her mints, chocolate drops for her corgi dogs, and a crossword or two snipped from the papers by her attendants. 
Majesty Magazine reports that the Queen carries a comb, a handkerchief, a small gold compact and a tube of lipstick in her handbag. 
On Sundays, she carries paper money to place in the collection plate at church."

Mystery solved.

A bit more about the Queen:
Queen Elizabeth II was born in London on April 21, 1926.
Her Majesty was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1936.
As a teenager, Princess Elizabeth began to take part in public life. Her Majesty gave her first radio address at age 14 as bombs dropped on London during the Second World War.
Five years later, Her Majesty learned how to drive a car and obtained the rank of Junior Commander in the women's branch of the British Army.

On February 6, 1952, the 25-year-old received news of her father's sudden death. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.
In 1953, a Canadian law, the Royal Style and Titles Act, formally conferred upon Elizabeth II the title of Queen of Canada.
In 2012, The Queen will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee - her 60th anniversary as Queen.

1 comment:

  1. When we were in London 2002, QE celebrated her 50th Jubilee year as queen and the whole city was a big party that summer. She is cute, and the style is killer!