Tuesday, 12 May 2009

ABC Wednesday Q for Queens.

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1. Queen Elisabeth, Great Britain (ascended the throne on 2nd May 1953)
2. Queen Margaret, Denmark (ascended the throne on 14th January 1972)
3. Queen Beatrix , Netherlands (ascended the throne on 30th April 1980, after her mother Queen Juliana abdicated)


When most Americans hear the word "queen" these days, they immediately think of Queen Elizabeth II of England, whose lengthy reign and media-hounded royal family make newspaper headlines all over the world daily. But Queen Elizabeth is not the world’s only current, reigning queen—she’s not even the only queen in Europe.

Currently, three queens reign in Europe, and a fourth is close to the throne. The four are: Elizabeth of the House of Windsor, Queen of the United Kingdom; Margaret of the House of Holstein-Glucksburg, Queen of Denmark; Beatrix of the House of Orange-Nassau, Queen of the Netherlands; and Victoria, the crown princess of Sweden, who will inherit the country’s throne upon her father’s death. Historically, this is a unique circumstance.


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38 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting post about queens. For sure when I hear the word queen I think of Queen Elizabeth, but that's because officially she rules over Canada too. ;-)

RuneE said...

I'm an republican in The Norwegian sense, but I take off my hat for yoy Q!

PS Tusen takk for hyggelig kommentar!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Well done, Wil! Since it's not Wednesday here yet, I'm still wondering what in the world I am going to use for "Q".

Miss_Yves said...

Merci de votre visite et de votre aimable commentaire .
Votre introduction est habile et amusante!
Billet instructif,( même pour une lectrice républicaine) !

Mara said...

I didn't know that about Denmark, I thought they had a King.
Good q.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

You are the quintessential queen of blogs. I just love it here.

Sylvia K said...

A really interesting post about queens, Wil! Thanks for your "Q" word of the day! Hope you have a great week!

Anna said...

It's great to be reminded that Elizabeth is not the only European queen :) A most interesting post.

Lanny said...

Interesting facts. When I am not really giving it much thought I am one of those Americans you speak of and whats worse, I expect to see them in fancy gowns all the time.

TheWritersPorch said...

Wil...you are right most think only England has a Queen.
xoxo,
~ Carol ~

Janie said...

You're right, I really only knew of Queen Elizabeth. I'm pleased to be informed of the other 2, and the crown princess who will one day rule. Thanks for teaching me, as you so often do.

Babooshka said...

Quite right too not to overlook the other European Queens. Great way to illustrate your choice.

Carol said...

This is a great Q post. I loved seeing these Queens...and I do more often think about Queen Elizabeth...

Glennis said...

Nice to know there are so many Queens. Queen Elizabeth is our Queen too here in NZ.

Life with Kaishon said...

Very cool! I always thought that Queens were so regal.

Tumblewords: said...

Queen Elizabeth does come to mind - although there was an accident near Queen Beatrix recently that was more than a little scary. Quality Q post!

Etje said...

In België is de wet ook veranderd
zodat we nu ook een koningin als troonopvolger kunnen hebben.

Groetjes

Jeanette said...

Gday Wil. very interesting post on Queens,I did know about the 3 Queens but when Queen is mentioned the 1st queen I think about is Elizabeth..

Grace and Bradley said...

Why we have more queens than kings now, is it because of women's movement? I doubt it. But all three queens seems doing very well, better than the kings in the past.

Carolina said...

Girl Power!

Abe Lincoln said...

This is royalty of the historical type. Always a pleasure.

We had Nixon, Bush, Bush, and of course a token Johnson. Or was it Johnston. LOL

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Great "Q" post! Thanks for all the Queen info, I didn't know there were that many Queen's out there! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

anthonynorth said...

Coming from the UK, Queen Liz is my first thought, too, but we do occasionally get news of the other Queens in Europe here. It is good to have it pointed out.
I remember reading of an Arab king, many years ago, having a little joke about Royalty. I can't remember the exact words, but something like:
'The time is coming when there'll only be five kings in the world - the king of England, the king of hearts, the king of clubs, the king of spades and the king of diamonds.'
Good to see he was wrong.

Rose said...

Very interesting, Reader Wil. I didn't realize that Sweden had a queen, too--I always learn something new here!

I see from your Sunday post that you also have some Angelique tulips; they are my favorite, so beautiful!

jay said...

Very interesting post about royalty, and queens in particular! I did know there were other queens in Europe, but didn't know about the crown princess of Sweden!

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for the interesting reminder of the 'several' queens worldwide, all as beautiful as the next...enjoyed the first print too!
Thanks for sharing!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your Q word is ideal. Anything historical interests me. Novels I chose to read are always historical even if the story line isn't exact! I love your blog..
REALLY different and interesting!!

Etje said...

Ben deze week eens een bezoekje gaan brengen aan de blog van de fotografe die je op mijn blog vernoemde, er staan daar wel hele mooie beelden op he.

Groetjes

pictureeachday said...

Great 'Q' choice! I couldn't have told you which countries have queens.. I'm proud that I can now ;D

Indrani said...

Lovely take on 'Q'.
I have a great fascination for Queens. :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photographs. I am not a royalist but I have to admire our queen, who works so very hard and takes her job so seriously in spite of being in her eighties. I am sure the same can be said for your queen too.

Marie Reed said...

I remember seeing billboards of Queen Beatrix all over Holland! She was waving with a huge smile and sitting on a bicycle! What a lady!

Etje said...

Geen SWF vandaag Wil??
Is hier grijs en regend dus maar binnen blijven vandaag.

Groetjes

Pam said...

This is a wonderful post about Hollands Queen Beatrix. I always learn something new form your blog, Wil... thanks for sharing.
Be well, be happy... Pam

Etje said...

En schieten de werken goed op daar bij jou?

Fijn weekend.

Q said...

Thank you for "Queens". I had no idea there were so many.
I also think of Queen Elizabeth when I think of a Queen.
I am enjoying reading your blog and getting to know you.
Sherry

Brenda said...

I did not know this Wil. I have always been intrigued with the Royal Family and now I have others to look into. I will go back and study your link some more. Thanks for this post.

Janice Thomson said...

A good reminder Wil that there are other queens besides Queen Elizabeth.