Complete Coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
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People enter rehab with varying degrees of success.
The sad evidence of that was the loss of one of Britain’s own, the talented Amy Winehouse. But the public relations rehab of the royal family has been an astonishing success.
We’ve come a long, long way from the days of a gaunt Princess Diana’s shocking revelations that there were “three of us in this marriage” and the burning towers of Windsor that led the Queen to write off the year as an “annus horribilis.” And who can forget the young tipsy Prince Harry donning a swastika for a costume party. Or the – oh yes, I guess we have forgotten – antics of now un-royal, Sarah Ferguson.
In the days following Princess Diana’s tragic death, the story goes that it took a come-to-Jesus moment from Prime Minister Tony Blair to get the Queen to understand that she simply must come back to London and fly the flag at half-staff or risk losing the love of her people, perhaps forever.
Flash forward and we find a Queen on top of the world. Eighty-six-years-old, Queen Elizabeth is just a few years shy of becoming the longest-reigning monarch ever. Queen Victoria holds the record at 63 years.
QE2’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend celebrates 60 years on the throne. It’s quite an accomplishment. She started in June of 1953 at the age of just 26. At her coronation, she took a vow to serve her beloved country until death. An oath she will never break. It’s a role she feels she was ordained to carry out all the days of her life.