There is talk about anger regarding the upcoming 65th Anniversary of D-Day, more over that no one thought to invite HM Queen Elizabeth to the party, the only living head of state that actually wore a uniform and worked for the war effort.
As such I have been reading various things around the Internet and blogashere that have not impressed me, yet there are many articles that have impressed me from nations like the USA.
Several things that are often said that really touch on a sore point with me are in regard to comments such as:
We came and saved your butts!
WE won the war! (often a US thing)
And the fact that many actually believe they came to war to stop the Holocaust!
So here are some facts – Britain had already fought her corner and had repelled and effectively won The Battle of Britain by the time our allies joined in.
No one really knew of the Holocaust until the very end of WW2.
If Britain hadn’t have been the only nation to stand up on her own and declare war – no one would have been along to stop the Holocaust at all!
WW2 for all it’s parts, took the relative equal involvement of all the nations involved, but one nation did lose and lose badly – Great Britain!
For standing up and confronting the 3rd Reich initially on her own, the country was constantly hammered by German bombing, even my home town of Sheffield received no fewer than 22,625 bombs dropped on it, and yet Sheffield got away lightly compared to other cities.
So at the end of the war, this nation had given it’s all, it was completely bankrupt and food would carry on being rationed well into the 1950’s.
I’m actually smiling as I write this, the reason is simple – it’s all being organised by the Fr**ch! ;-)
So with the news that our Liz is not invited to the party, I recently wrote this piece on the American Princes blog – I have now taken the time to clean it up a little.
Presidents come and go, your HRH or should I say HM, does not. How many heads of state would give up there status and become a mechanic or a truck driver? How many of us would do the same? How many of us had our houses bombed? HRH did.
But, these days modern politicians seem to think the past no longer shapes the future – especially where personal commitment is concerned. Far worse affronts have happened to the crown and the UK – like the invasion of Grenada.
The US of course was born from the rejection of Royal tyranny – yet HM is no tyrant.
An Irony is that Obama himself was born a Royal Subject under HM Queen Elizabeth.
HM is the head of state of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, where she is represented by Governors-General.
Further to these countries, she is also the head of the Commonwealth which include;
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji Islands, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea ,Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
She still carries significant power which she used a little of last year by suspending the Canadian Government. Indeed, she can sack any of her governments and bring all her nations to war at any time if she so desires.
And with that level of power, you begin to understand the level of her reserved nature, not to mention the responsibility that comes with it.
Even in the UK, where many sometimes become vocal in questioning her role, they will still all come together in her protection because in essence, she signifies what we went to war for, she represents the true essence of democracy and even the basis of the American way of life.
Simply there is always something greater than yourself to believe in and fight for; your flag, head of state or simply the freedom that is our way of life.
What I’m saying is, we all have that rally point, that thing that drives us from within, that we don’t have to shout about – for us and the rest of those listed nations, it is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
So Mr Sarkozy, all is fair in love and war they say, so as we and the rest of the allies once came to Fr**nce together before - and back then we really did Come, we saw and we…..
It must be nice to be able to pick and choose whoever you want to thank. Yes, Brown and Prince Charles will turn up – only because the beer is free, it is free right? and Obama has to come along to satisfy you’re freakish ‘man-love’ for him
Britain dislikes you just as much as ever – but these days, it’s by your own doing. Nevertheless, do please have a great day, remember it however you wish – as I’m sure you will.