2016-04-21 17:23:59 UTC
The Queen's 90th Birthday revision.
Her Majesty has now been alive for most of the time since April 22nd 1836,
and for most of the time from her birth until April 20th 2106.
A Chief of Naval Staff and First Sea Lord born in 1960 recently took
Consider,if you would,the United Kingdom and Empire
as they were on November 26th 1887.
Queen Victoria,over 5 months from 69,was on the throne,in the year of
her Golden,ten years before Diamond,Jubilee.The future Edward VII was
under 3 weeks past 46 (the current Prince of Wales is over 5 months past
67),the future George V was over 6 months from 23(the Duke of Cambridge is
only 2 months from 34),not yet Duke of York,and not yet heir apparent
to his father;nor was his elder brother yet the Duke of Clarence.
The future Archbishops of Canterbury who would crown these Kings were
Bishop of London and Dean of Windsor respectively.The oldest British
royal was George III's daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge
(Augusta of Hesse-Cassel),born 1797.
The Church of England dioceses of Birmingham,Coventry,Chelmsford,
Guildford,Portsmouth,St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich,Sheffield,and Southwark
did not yet exist...nor did those of Bradford and Wakefield (now
Chamberlain was a teenager,Churchill was twelve,Attlee was four,and no
later Prime Minister had yet been born (nor had any person in the world
alive after 2003).
Keir Hardie's Independent Labour Party,let alone the Labour Party proper,
did not yet exist.
Many of the Colonies had yet to be colonized,Hong Kong was years from
adding the New Territories.
Battleships that would be scrapped as obsolete before World War I
had yet to be laid down.Ships built with sailing rigs were still
in the active fleet,and HMS Temeraire had yet to make port under
sail alone for the final time.
William Gladstone(born 1809) was years from his last term as
Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot(born 1803),Father of the House of Commons,
had been a member since 1830...before any of the Reform Bills.
(Charles Mahon,born 1800,had been a member discontinuously since then).
Lord Coleridge (born 1820) was Lord Chief Justice,and had been
the last Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (a position abolished
by the Judicature Act of 1873).The 1st Lord Esher(born 1815 or 1817,
sources disagree) was Master of the Rolls.
Sir Henry Keppel (born 1809,a lieutenant 1829),Sir Alexander
Milne(born 1806,a lieutenant 1827,commander 1830),and even
Sir Provo Wallis (born 1791,a lieutenant 1808,and commander 1813)
were among the Admirals of the Fleet.
Sir Patrick Grant and Lord William Paulet (both born 1804)
were Field Marshals,but the oldest Field Marshal was the
3rd Earl of Lucan(born 1800),who had ordered the Charge of the
The eldest Dukes included the 6th of Northumberland(b. 1810,
great-great-great-grandfather of the 11th and the current 12th Duke)
the 7th of Devonshire(b. 1808,great-great-great-grandfather of the
present 12th duke born 1944,he had first become an MP in 1829 and
a peer in 1834),and the 4th (and last) of Cleveland (born 1803).
The 4th Marquess of Donegall (born 1799) was alive and had
succeeded his elder brother less than five years before(the present
peer is the great-great-great-grandson of his first cousin).
The 3rd Earl Grey (born 1802,elder brother of the great-great-grandfather
of the septuagenarian present peer and of his predecessor) was a
Knight of the Garter.
The 1st Earl of Lovelace (born 1805) was still alive,a Lord-Lieutenant
The 3rd and 4th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield(born 1806)
had been a Knight of the Thistle since 1843,and had been an MP
from 1830 to 1840,with a spell in Government 1834-5.
Also among the Earls was the 6th Earl of Essex(born 1803).
The eldest of Earls,however,was the 6th of Albemarle,born 1799,
a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo.
The 9th Viscount of Arbuthnott(born 1806) was alive,the
current peer is the 17th.
The 1st Viscount Portman (born 1799,first elected MP in 1823) was
alive,the present peer is the 10th.
The oldest Viscount,and I believe oldest peer,was the 1st and last
of Eversley,born in 1794 and Speaker of the House of Commons 1839-57.
Barons included the 1st Lord Ebury,born 1801.
The Lord Bishop of Chichester was Richard Durnford,born 1802.
Sir Henry Oxenden,born 1795,was the oldest baronet.
Cardinal Manning (born 1808) was Catholic Archbishop of Westminster,
but Cardinal Newman(born 1801) was the oldest British cardinal.
Abroad Alexander III was Emperor and Tsar-Autocrat of all the Russias
and Leo XIII(born 1810) was Pope.Slavery was still legal in Brazil.
Wilhelm I,grandfather of the World War I Kaiser,born in 1797,
still ruled Germany.
Consider all the changes,natural and manmade,visited upon the world
in all the time since.
And now consider this...Queen Elizabeth II has been on the Throne
for MOST of that time since then.
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.