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The Queen At 80 17 June 2006

Posted by David in Royals.
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QueenFor over 50 years, the Queen has reigned but not ruled a changing Britain in a changing World. She was just in her 20s when, on the death of her Father, she took on the role of the World's most high profile woman as the British Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth. In her years as Head of State she has seen a total of ten Prime Ministers – ranging from Winston Churchill to Tony Blair – overseen a change from global Empire to modern nation, and provided a stable, non-political and unifying figurehead. She has survived assassination attempts, and shown constant courage – even driving slowly down a crowded Mall just a short while after September 11th. A never ending assault from republicans has been shrugged off with ease – attacks particularly on her family. However the public are largely welcoming of a non political figurehead, and all families today are problematic. Long may she reign.

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