“The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.” — Queen Elizabeth II
Global hats-off to The reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, who turns 93 today — although technically she has two birthday celebrations annually. Today is Elizabeth II’s real birthday; since the 1748 reign of King George II, the U.K. has hosted the Monarch’s official public celebration on the second Saturday of June annually when Britain’s typically rainy weather is less likely. To say PASH adores Queen Elizabeth II would be an enormous understatement: This is a woman greatly admired for too many reasons to mention, not the least her speech to Parliament in November 1992, when she summarized the year the marriages of three of her four children ended as “annus horribilis”, her voice uncharacteristically hoarse from walking the grounds of Windsor Castle as it burned just four days earlier. If Queen Elizabeth isn’t worthy of being honored today with a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London then none of us deserves birthday candles.