She has been queen for so long… mind boggling to me personally.
She ascended to the throne three years before I was born. All my life it's been Queen Elizabeth.
I can't imagine anyone else being the ruler of the UK.
Get well soon, Queen Elizabeth II.
When the Queen finally goes, it's going to be like nothing we've ever seen before, not even Diana's funeral and public mourning. Like r13 said, she's been the Monarch for so long most people alive today have never known another one. Not to mention she's been the most famous woman in the ENTIRE WORLD for SEVEN decades! When the time finally comes, it's going to be massive.
[quote]Not to mention she's been the most famous woman in the ENTIRE WORLD for SEVEN decades!
Uh, no, hon.
The Queen is hardly a woman. She's been a harridan but never a woman. A woman FEELS. Diana's death devastated billions of people because she bled, she hurt, she FELT. Mary me for that statement, I don't care.
They are going to have that bitch on every single machine known to mankind (a la Pope John Paul II) so she can beat the record. They will finally stop pushing her out onto that balcony when one of her arms fall off.
Shut up, Oprah.
What woman has been more famous, r15? And it's been seven decades from the 50s to now.
r19, every decade has had famous women. She wasn't always the 'most famous.' There are people in a variety of countries who have no idea who she is, nor do they give a fuck.
Diannur really hurt her mother-in-law. The Queen has a always taken her position dead seriously, and expected the same from "the girls". But the daughters-in-law embarrassed her and she had a hard time forgiving.
The speech she had to give was dripping with disappointment, almost as if she was apologizing for herself.
[quote]The Queen has a always taken her position dead seriously
Oh, dear, and we all know that you got your education about her from Miss Mirren. Give it a rest. The woman is an alcoholic, who's never had to work a day in her life.
r22 I believe you're confusing the Queen with her late sister, Princess Margaret, who most definitely was an alcoholic. The Queen has never had a problem with alcohol.
I worry that the Windsors have turned the boys against their mother Diana. They seem like such cold men.
What would happen if The Queen died, then Philip shortly thereafter, followed by Kate miscarrying? Might as well disband the monarchy at that point.
If Charles and William croaked they would be in a bind. No immediate heir to the throne. We all know Harry is Hewitt spawn.
If William died, Kate would marry the volatile Harry who would dump her on incest grounds for a woman named Anne and their child would be the third Elizabeth. Oh wait.
I would be very surprised if The Queen died before Prince Phillip did. He has one foot in the grave as it is.
I'm sure they have a DNR on him.
No need to worry, though we are thankful. Just a little problem with the shits. They're no longer coming out rose petals. Oh well. Is it Gin O'clock yet?
R24: Harry was always closest with Diana, and HE'S the one who has inherited her commitment to the less fortunate. As a matter of fact, he was recently in the news for playing with/ charming a bunch of blind children in Lesotho. Hell, he's also the only other Windsor-Mountbatten other than the Yorks who is still on good terms with Sarah Ferguson.
William has always been a snotty little brat and he got Charles' aloofness, while Harry got Diana's charm. You really can't compare the two.
Gin O'Clock was 5 and a half hours ago, Betty. Sorry, you're a goner.
To be fair, he doesn't have anything from Charles. Harry is a great person because of it.
r31, Harry compared fighting in Afghanistan to playing videos games. I could smack him for such immaturity.
r33, James Hewitt is not Harry's biological father. Harry looks very much like Philip did as a young man, and red hair is a Spencer family trait.
Look at the first photo of Harry on this link (second link to follow)
Well, if she's farting, at least her daughter will pay attention to her.
She's suffered from yeasty vagina for decades. I'm sure she'll be fine.
I have another vial of arsenic for Charles.
Bloating, inflammation, terrible painful cramping, constipation and diarreah. Gastroenteritis is no fun. The cramps are often accompanied by vomiting.
Miss Queen is going to have to get on the metamucil/probiotics, and drink a lot of water routine. She is going to have to eat a softer diet and get rid of the red meat.
No more mutton, no kidney pies, no beef, no sausages the English are so fond of, or lamb, and no venison. Eat Chicken, fish, and stay away from most cheeses,especially stiltons, milk, and creme, no rich desserts and fatty foods. Fresh fruit is not advised either.
She should avoid lettuce. Steamed Veggies with a little olive oil,a roasted chicken and a nice yam. If she treats herself to a basic bland diet for the next 30 days, takes her metamucil, her probiotics, drinks water, foregoes coffee, and drinks green tea, she should find herself in good condition.
It is important to deal with the inflammation by treating the colon to a little rest. But she must exercise. I say once around Buckingham Palace should do it. Walking is really a wonderful thing to do.
R20, please list your women who have been more famous than Queen Elizabeth over the past several decades. We've done this thread before, and the general consensus was that for sheer visibility (ie - knowing who she is just by her picture), nobody really beats QE2. The long reach of the British Commonwealth alone assures that.
Hope she gets well bless xx
[quote]Harry compared fighting in Afghanistan to playing videos games. I could smack him for such immaturity.
Soldiers are usually young for a reason -- maturity is a liability in the troops.
QE II has served the family business very well - the Brit monarchy continues to be very popular (read successful) with the Brits and, it appears, lots of Americans, and folks around the world. The young Prince Harry is a doll - his moms' genes and influences and memories (real or imagined) are serving him well- yes, some "youthful indiscretions" (nazi costumes, war=video games, nudie photos - well, these photos are ok) but overall seems to have a good heart like his mum (re: the videos at the school for the deaf, "I hope I make my mother proud", seems to relate pretty naturally for one born to "high station", etal) or at least to listen to a very good handler/manager. The Windsor/Wales baby will be a very popular addition to the cast and make QE II a great-grad-mum. Come on, a little indigestion for the Queen - give the gal a break. (For a little perspective on her, do yourself a favor and look up some video of her coronation - all good queens will love it - and imagine YOURSELF in her role at her very young age - and how well you would have fill the expectations and demands.) DISCLAIMER: I am not an Anglophile or a monarchist - just some observations gathered over a long period of time.
Kate, dear, don't wander too near any stairways whilst alone. All it takes is one little shove...
Given the number of coins her face has graced around the world since the 1950s, she's been closer to more dicks than Madonna!
I had that two weeks ago and can I just say, for three days, every time I laughed, coughed or farted a change of pants was required. Not nice.
R16, a "Mary" would insult Marys - including the Bloody one - if it were applied to you. Because you are more in the category of foolish, inaccurate, crude, proudly hysterical, ignorant rubbish, for whom even the Princess of Wales would be hard-pressed to "FEEL" any sympathy or regard.
But you're not interested in historical or factual accuracy, are you, you noxious little cunt?
It's going to be interesting watchig her try to pull off fall colors (brown, orange, yellow) in the spring. But it's better one be safe than sorry.
When the time comes, people aren't going to be sobbing and carrying on over Elizabeth's passing they way they were with Diana. Diana's was completely unexpected and shocking. With the Queen, it will be more of "she lived a good and long life" type of view.
Also, the Queen has always been aloof and distant. She never was as accessible as Diana was to the public. There's respect and adoration to an extent, but nowhere near what Diana had. She's just never been that interesting of a public figure. Her mother was much more of an eccentric and peculiar character who had her own unique charm.
r49, Diana was never about the FACTS as well you know. You insipid self righteous bastard.
No immediate heir?
If Charles, William, and Harry, and baby Wills all croaked, Beatrice would eventually be Queen. True story.
Dunce at r13, the Queen is not the "ruler" of the UK, she is the head of state, which is a ceremonial position. The UK is not "ruled" by anyone but it does elect a government.
R25, then Charles would still ascend to the throne.
R36, etc. two men with reddish hair smiling from profile. There are 100s of other pics of James Hewitt where he looks nothing like Harry.
I sent my friend the Queen a get well card today, R54, and in it, I asked her to have you thrown into the Tower of London so the Beef Eaters can make a meal of you, you insolent cow!
That's how my elderly aunt died. 92 years old, lived independently, seemed destined to pass 100. Started vomiting, then diarrhea. Admitted to hospital and all downhill from there.
Well, the queen will have better medical care than my aunt nd will not be hospitalized unless surgery is needed.
I don't care what story the Royals have put out; Harry is JH's son. He has his father's nose and jawline, not chubby Uncle Charles Spencer's. HRH Charles was reportedly displeased when he saw Harry's red hair; I doubt he would have been so if he thought it was merely Spencer-red.
But for the record: Prince Charles is not "aloof" in the least. He has always been willing to participate in whatever indigenous ritual he's been invited to, complete with costume/headdress/etc. In 1976, he founded the charity Prince's Trust. It was only during his years with Diana that he paled in comparison, and who among us would not have?
[quote] Isn't that just fancy talk for indigestion?
No, it isn't.
I hope when Betty Windsor shuffles off the mortal coil we Canadians can get rid of the monarchy once and for all. I'd love to have a Canadian Head of State, rather than some English woman. Birth doesn't determine worth. I hate the fact these morons who are descended from thieves, murderers, and rapists consider themselves to be "better than us."
I've no wish to see Charlie Tampon or his son, Seabiscuit on the throne. Seabiscuit and Waity Katie, by the way, are on yet another holiday.
This is the 21st century - all monarchies should go. Anyone who is a monarchist is a fucking moron.
That said, I do like Anne. At least she works.
Does anyone know how Queen Elizabeth referred to her mother within the family, with no servants around?
Diana was the most beloved human being in the world, her loss was shocking and devastating. She should have been with us for another 50 years.
When Queen Elizabeth goes, it won't be shocking or devastating and people won't be saying that she should been around for another 50 years.
Camilla, we should talk.
I'm not surprised Kate is on yet another holiday. Doing nothing is absolutely daunting!
I couldn't disagree more r61. The loss of QEII will be devastating for many of us. She's been a part of my life for 71 years. I'm not a Brit, but I still think of her as our Queen. The woman is amazing and has worked more hours than the majority of the people alive on this earth. Few 86 year olds put in a daily 10 or 12 hours as Elizabeth does.
I will definitely shed a tear for ER2. I like her. Anyone who claims she is aloof and cold hasn't seen her in action. You Tube has loads of videos of her chatting, dancing, running around, and she's adorable.
I'm also impressed by her obvious love and devotion to William and Harry. When she visited William, and he brought her around showing her various helicopters, it was very sweet.
She & Diana didn't get along. No secret. Charles treated Diana terribly, but Diana was noteasy to get along with. She was a very willful, self-centered, extremely emotional young woman. She had no sense of duty and no self discipline.
In any event, while I did adore Diana, I love ER2 and will miss her.
"Mummy", R60. There's a video clip on YouTube where she is in earshot of a cameraman while she's animated with delight that her horse won at a race, she can be heard very clearly saying "mummy". The Queen Mother actually comes off as the stiffer one in the video, despite the public notion of her being warm and down to Earth. Apparently, the Queen Mother was of the Barbara Bush variety, seemingly warm and grandmotherly on the surface but a bitch behind the facade.
Diana had no sense of duty? So all of the charity work she did, including with those living with HIV at a time when NO ONE would even touch an AIDS patient, was what? A facade?
QEII is Ok, it's that hideous creature Camilla that needs to go.
I assume they know the sex of baby Wills by now?
R36/37, Harry looks and sounds so much like Prince Philip it's scary. Maybe Prince Philip is his dad.
Harry is a ginger, he's likely the son of Sarah Ferguson. I'm sure Sarah who is afraid of penises, swapped the boy for one of Diana's girls.
So with Harry out the way, that puts Andrew as the new king. That means Sarah will bring her mooching ass into the palace.
Why doesn't that gangling hulking ginger bitch get a job instead of living off of Andrew. I hater her more than the time the fat girl on Facts of Life was jealous of the negro chick for getting her part in South Pacific
When the Queen dies, it will be a huge, huge thing. The thing about her that many Americans forget is that Hitler once referred to Elizabeth as "the most dangerous woman in the world." He hated the Royal Family and planned to publicly execute all of them--including the teenaged princesses--with Winston Churchill. The queen's late mother was a WWII hero/stalwart, and their bravery and optimism during the war made a world of difference to the average Brit. I think that feeling is still deeply ingrained there, and her death will an enormous loss to their national identity.
R60, as r66 says, Queen Elizabeth referred to her mother as "mummy" even with the tv cameras around, and even when she was in her 60s and had been queen for about 40 years. See link.
R59, like the Australians, it's up to the Canadians themselves to decide whether you want the Queen or not. Your compatriots seem to have decided to keep the monarchy.
I love watching these videos of the less formal Queen. Her hat with that pink bow was so Queenish.
[quote] Diana was the most beloved human being in the world, her loss was shocking and devastating. She should have been with us for another 50 years.
I don't subscribe to the Diana worship. I loved Princess Di, but she wasn't some helpless pawn who escaped the Evil Kingdom. She participated in her own mess. Her husband cheated on her. His family wasn't supportive.
But after the divorce she was the architect of her own life.
R4, Victoria is Lillbet's great-GREAT grandmother. She's not that old.
It won't of course be such an emotional shock as Diana's passing, but it will be a momentous historical occasion.
The Queen embodies Great Britain's post-war history, a time of immense change, some of it reflected in her family.
Historians are already writing about The New Elizabethans, as though a huge age is inevitably winding down, and is now more visible with relative perspective.
I certainly hope The Queen comfortably overlaps Victoria's reigning record. She deserves it! Long live The Queen.
Which was why her life was a lot more stable after the divorce R76.
She got her shit together and moved on with her life.
I know it's wrong, but I'm looking forward to the coronation of Charles III.
Especially since the last one was over 60 years ago!
Love a bit of theatre. And you can't beat an army of peers and peeresses in their ancestral tiaras, robes and coronets for that.
Vivat Regina! Vivat Regina ex Cathedra!
If it had not been for the Helen Mirren movie, history would have immortalized QEII for reigning over the Mod 60s, Beatles-Brit invasion and the 1969 family documentary. She would have become 25-40 again in the public consciousness and revered for being the first modern monarch.
Now, I think Diana really won and she is frozen in time as the 71-year old apologizing for her one mis-step post Parisian car crash.
I like the old broad. She doesn't take crap from anyone.
[quote] That said, I do like Anne. At least she works
What does she do?
Wikipedia on Anne:
"The seventh holder of the title Princess Royal, Anne is known for her charitable work, being the patron of over 200 organisations, and she carries out about 500 royal engagements and public appearances per year......The Princess Royal carries out a full schedule of royal engagements and is involved with over 200 charities and organisations in an official capacity. She works extensively for Save the Children, of which she has been president since 1970, and she initiated The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 1991; her work for the charity takes her all over the world, including many poverty stricken African nations. She is also the Royal Patron of WISE, an organisation that encourages young women to pursue careers in science, engineering and construction. Her extensive work for St. John Ambulance as Commandant-in-Chief of St. John Ambulance Cadets has helped to develop many young people, as she annually attends the Grand Prior Award Reception. She is also a British representative in the International Olympic Committee as an administrator, and is a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games."
Thank you r66 and r73 --
So QEII calls her mother "mummy" in their conversations.
Now how does everyone else in the Queen's immediate family refer to her?
-- For instance, how does Prince Philip refer to his mother-in-law when speaking to his wife the Queen and the Queen Mother is not present?
-- If the Queen wanted one of her children to take something to her mother in the next room, what would she would say, exactly, e.g., "Here Anne, take this newspaper to ________?"
Do either of you know?
I read an interview with QEII's granddaughter Zara who said that when she wanted to talk to her grandmother, she just picked up the phone and said, "Hello, Gran!"
She always curtsies in person, however.
As I recall, Charles has twice on big public occasions (Golden and Diamond Jubilees) referred to his mother (having first called her Your Royal Highness or similar) as 'Mummy.'
I realized Queen Mother is dead, so forgive my verb tenses.
William calls her Gran too.
"After greeting his grandmother with a cheery “Hello Gran” and polite kiss, he noted that the Queen’s bright red hat was ready for take-off in the 50 mph winds, reports the U.K.’s Daily Record. “Have you still got your hat?” he said to the Queen as she arrived, and kissed her on the cheek. He then showed the Queen and Prince an RAF Sea King helicopter and told her about his job."
Hardly a nec. life threatening disease and something - without knowing more - a great many people have at one time or another.
[quote]Diana was the most beloved human being in the world, her loss was shocking and devastating. She should have been with us for another 50 years.
That's how you felt about her, R61. Not all of us were so impressed.
I always felt a little sorry for her because she may have expected a happier, more glamorous and less restricted life than she married into. It must have been a cold and lonely environment for a young woman. She was probably in way over her head with a disinterested and generally horrible husband who had no intention of giving up his mistress and the old palace guard who watched her every movement and considered it their responsibility to keep her in line.
However, I saw her charity work as pure P.R., and probably required as part of her position. I also thought she came across as being less than genuine most of the time.
I believe the death of the Queen will have far more impact on her subjects. I might feel differently if the few English people I know didn't despise Diana and cherish Elizabeth.
I liked so much about Diana so I'm not saying this to be critical of the response to her, but when the Queen goes, it will be a quiet, restrained affair with probably a massive turnout to see the coffin in Westminster Hall, the way it's always done.
Diana owned people's hearts and emotions, the Queen commands their respect and affection. The Queen will get a massive turnout at her funeral but I think it will be very restrained and respectful for a job well done. Also, when the Queen goes, there will be no shock... she'll be a terribly old lady by that point.
Don't you find it the heighth of irony that I ended up with it all. I just tickles me.
The Rottweiler, smiling triumphantly from the Queen's Dais
Charles should abdicate for William. The world needs a virile young king and fertile queen.
[quote]She'll be fine. Next.
[quote] The world needs a virile young king and fertile queen.
[quote]William calls her Gran too
Why shouldn't he. He's gonna be king and all she'll ever be is queen.
And everyone knows it's better to be king than queen.
R20, there's no need to sound like such an asshole.
What ridiculous nonsense, R97. There's no guarantee that William will be King - no one can foretell the future. He could die prematurely before he gets the chance.
What IS a fact right now though is that Elizabeth HAS gotten to be Queen for the past 60 years.
Are you serious? It's better to be the Queen. There are jewels. Duh.
England has had much better Queens Regnant than Kings. Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II. The only vile one was Bloody Mary.
R101 is correct. England's Queens have been an exemplary lot on the whole. There have not been that many Kings of note in recent history except perhaps for George VI during World War II.
Bloody Mary got bad press from her sister and the Protestant monarchs who followed. She was no worse than Elizabeth I, who was a supreme cuntess in her own right. Them most useless female monarch was Mary II, who had to have her gay husband William of Orange take the throne with her.
Absolute nonsense, R103 - Queen Mary was an absolute disaster who had no ability to govern England. She was unable to resolve the religious conflicts or establish England as a power in its own right. She left the country divided and bankrupt when Elizabeth took over.
Elizabeth was able to hold off the Spanish, the French and the Scottish and establish England as the most powerful country in Europe by the end of her reign. She possessed a political acumen that her sister could only dream of.
[quote] . We all know Harry is Hewitt spawn
No. He takes after the Spencers. Go look it up.
[quote]Harry is JH's son. He has his father's nose and jawline
Explain Harry's ears then.
It might be fever, it might be flu
To isolate it, we'll have to hold you
Overnight for observation
In my opinion, all we can do
To isolate it, we'll have to hold you
Overnight for observation, hold you overnight
Her mother lived to be 101. I'm sure she'll be fine.
R108, the Queen Mother didn't have the stress and strain of coping with affairs of State as a reigning monarch does. Besides, the age of your parents at their deaths is no reliable indicator of your own life expectancy. My grandmother lived to be 94 and none of her seven children came close to achieving that age.
[quote]Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II. The only vile one was Bloody Mary.
You've left out Mary II and Anne.
btw, Mary I only ruled for three years before she died of cancer. Elizabeth I ruled for more than 42 years. It's hardly fair to compare them given the difference in the spans of their reigns. here's no telling what Mary I might have accomplished had she lived as long as her sister.
Moreover, as someone said above, every historian knows the "Bloody Mary" sobriquet is ridiculously unfair--she did not kill as many Protestants as her father and brother killed Catholics; yet we call her "Bloody Mary" instead of calling them "Bloody Henry" and "Bloody Edward" only because the Protestants in the UK wrote the histories.
Mary wasn't concerned with ruling England, she was concerned with re-instating Catholicism and Papal worship in some vainglorious attempt to avenge her mother's humiliation and banishment by her father.
In the process she had hundreds of her citizens burned at the stake and she married the King of Spain to solidify her dream of a Catholic monarchy.
She was also quite fond of trashing Anne Boleyn's name while she was Queen. She loved perpetuating the myth that Anne slept with her brother and that Elizabeth was the product of this incest. It was actually illegal to utter Anne's name in her presence, lest you wanted to take a trip to the Tower of London.
Fair points, R108, but longevity of one's parents does often provide a genetic predisposition for long-life - you can even see it in the case of the Empress Livia and her son, the Emperor Tiberius.
Queen Elizabeth II also does a lot more in a day than The Queen Mother did at her age - which indicates that she's in pretty good health and stamina, particularly compared to other people her age.
[quote]btw, Mary I only ruled for three years before she died of cancer. Elizabeth I ruled for more than 42 years.
I think it was 5 for Mary and 45 for Elizabeth.
[quote]Mary wasn't concerned with ruling England, she was concerned with re-instating Catholicism and Papal worship in some vainglorious attempt to avenge her mother's humiliation and banishment by her father.
Excellent summary. I couldn't have put it better myself.
r101, don't forget about us!
It's easy to tell that people like r97 are not from the UK.
[quote]The thing about her that many Americans forget is that Hitler once referred to Elizabeth as "the most dangerous woman in the world."
He was talking about the Queen Mum, who was queen during WWII, and he said "in Europe" not "in the world."
No radio station pranks.
I hope she is feeling better because it would be odd and sad (and all too real) if the laughing, malicious Fates took ER2 before Philip.
Had Mary I lived longer, we'd all be speaking Spanish today. She was a moron.
Poor queen, it must be tough to almost beat Vickie's record and then die in the home stretch.
But we all gotta go sometime.
Apart from The Queen and Philip, the Laughing Fates also have Margaret Thatcher scheduled.
How many back-to-back State Funerals could the Establishment bear? My dear, the logistics. It wouldn't do for a mere PM to pull focus from The Monarch. Thoughtful times for TPTB.
Didn't Mary have Elizabeth banished or on house arrest or something?
The Queen is at the Hospital
Will those two DJs pull a prawn on her
-Hello here is Kate dear, can I speak with Betsy,please
She's IN HOSPITAL! OH NO!
I think Charles will be a good king. He is an environmentalist and he has always had an active interest in agriculture. He will not be a showy monarch, he will "do the job."
I think he'll leave the showy, flashy part to his two kids. He will get a lot of underhanded crap from his brother Andrew, who's blindingly jealous of him. Andrew is not a nice person, he's a pig.
He wants to assure that he & his kids continue to stay on the Civil Lists, so he makes sure his kids hang out and stay close to his mother, the Queen, who is fond of the two girls, and stays close to William & Harry.
If Charles has his way, the Civil List will be trimmed very close. The backbiting between Andrew & Charles is historic. Charles will love thwarting his brother where he can. Andrew hangs out with some very unsavory types, among them pedophiles and deviates.
bumped because this is the REAL Queen Elizabeth is on her last legs thread.
R109 knows nothing of the reality of George VI's reign. The Queen Mother, while Queen Consort, was granted the right to access to the daily dispatches, consulted openly with her husband, represented him officially, and effectively stage-managed the entire reign, keeping a strong hand on his back while developing her own public persona and melding it with his seamlessly.
George VI wasn't up for the task but settled into it. Yes, he died young and the assumption is that his burdens played a role. Certainly Elizabeth, his wife, declared before witnesses that the Duchess of Windsor was "the woman who killed my husband." But a terrible tobacco addiction and chronic poor health played their parts, too, in his cancer, and if he couldn't take the pressure it doesn't mean that his wife, who actually was running things, didn't have any pressure herself.
She's 86. She was probably infected with pneumonia within 20 minutes of being at hospital.
There's no reason she couldn't have been given an IV at her residence if she was simply dehydrated. That she's been taken to hospital means her condition is worse than is being let on. r128 is right, a hospital is a dangerous place for an elderly person.
The Palace is playing this down.
When was her last public appearance? How did she look?
Prince Philip was in the hospital for a week at the time of the 60th Anniversary last year, R129, and he emerged alive and well at the end of it. They always do this as a precaution.
Elizabeth? You in danger, girl.
Thursday, R130. She seemed fine and was perfectly okay to observers. This is just a digestive virus that needed care to avoid her becoming dehydrated and faint or weakened in the 2-3 days it takes to get over it. At her age precautions are always appropriate.
Phil convinces her to agree to anal after all these years, and *this* happens. Can't the old broad catch a break?
They're not going to live forever. Within 15 years, maybe quite a bit sooner, they're all going to go: first Thatcher (state funeral), probably, then Philip (royal ceremonial funeral), then the queen (state funeral).
[quote] This is just a digestive virus that needed care to avoid her becoming dehydrated and faint or weakened in the 2-3 days it takes to get over it. At her age precautions are always appropriate
How many times do we have to tell you -- rehydration with IVs could easily be accomplished at home. They throw in a PIC line and voila - rehydration. Millions of people have PIC lines and receive rehydration and antibiotics at home for whatever reason.
Admitting her to the hospital for IV therapy is unnecessary. There is something more serious going on here
Poor woman, with her diarrhoea splattered across the front pages of the newspaper. What a sight!
If they're saying it's gastroenteritis,that's sort of a generalized term even though it refers to a specific set of symptoms. There are any number of cuases and she needs to be checked out. My guess is Queen hasn't been drinking her water or taking her fiber and she very likely has a rotten diet.
There is every possibility she may have a bowel obstruction. Not uncommon for her age. My guess is that they want to do tests and calm down the inflammation. She may lose a few pounds, but she will recover.
Apparently she gave an award to a member of staff today. Hope she didn't give the shits, too.
No, OP, but it may well be the end of the beginning.
The symptoms of gastroenteritis - vomiting and diarrhea - usually pass after one or two days, although they can be more severe in older or otherwise vulnerable people. Dehydration is a common complication.
The illness was first announced Friday, and Elizabeth had to cancel a visit Swansea, Wales, on Saturday to present leeks - a national symbol - to soldiers of the Royal Welsh Regiment in honor of Wales' national day, St. David's Day. She instead spent the day trying to recover at Windsor Castle, but appears to have had trouble kicking the bug.
A doctor not involved in the queen's treatment said that if medical officials determined that she is losing too much fluid, she would be rehydrated intravenously.
"Not everyone can keep up with oral hydration so it is pretty routine to go to hospital and have a drip and wait for the thing to pass and keep yourself hydrated," said Dr. Christopher Hawkey of the University of Nottingham's faculty of medicine and health sciences.
Britain's National Health Service says that the two most common causes of gastroenteritis in adults are food poisoning and the norovirus, a common winter vomiting bug which typically afflicts between 600,000 and 1 million Britons each year. British health guidelines advise that people with the norovirus avoid work for at least two days.
"It's very infectious and strikes in winter because people are indoors and it spreads more easily," Hawkey said.
The BBC World News Channel just brought up the N word-Norovirus. Her Majesty might be projectile vomiting as I type this.
I visited my mother in her Assisted Living apartment because she was sick with that damned virus, and within a couple of hours I had it. It is no joke. You feel like you're gonna die and you have no control over your body. It's like a science fiction movie. Like Contagion.
If ER2 has the norovirus, everyone who touched any surfacein her vicinity will get it. Bukingham Palace must be a shit hole. Literally .Good thing Katherine and the boys are out of the country. Katherine wouldn't be able to handle it.
She's going home from the hospital, per MSNBC. She did not appear to be waving in the video footage.
How'd they get a ship into the hospital?
Why whould she be waving, r146?
Waving is in the job description for queening, duh.
No it's not, r149, they only wave at certain moments (from the balcony, the carriage) and in a certain style, they don't just wave when they come out on the street and see their fans. Especially QEII.
The queen can be seen farting in public.
R150, they're sending her home because she has recovered. It was a minor issue, as expected.
I'm quite well, now, thank you. But in the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it was an anus horribilus.
Why is she in hospital? Doesn't the castle have a "throne" she can sit on?
Mary Elizabeth Diana Amelia if it's a girl.
This episode will be great publicity for my new West End play: I'm back as The Queen, and reminding you of all the Prime Ministers I've seen come and go. In every way, I'm Still Here!
She's having a bout of the "shits", we all get that once and a while..she'll be well soon.
Bubble, lubba, lubba, lipton
Bubble till you feel the beat
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Joy till reach defeat
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Bubble till you have no doubt
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Joy's what it's all about
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Bubble till you're on your feet
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A simulated Holland treat