A Toast to The Queen

Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, Canada

Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, Canada

Queen Elizabeth II:  United Kingdom’s longest serving monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria on Sept. 9, 2015.


Her reign of over 63 years and 7 months expands 13 UK prime ministers and 12 US presidents.  She became Queen on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25 .


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

57 thoughts on “A Toast to The Queen

  1. I used to feel sorry for Prince Charles but then I read his comment that he has little interest in being King as it would curtail his ability to pursue his own interests and speak freely… so long live the Queen! I remember very vividly the neighborhood party arranged for all the kids upon her coronation… it was a costume party and my mother made me dress up as a nurse (her own fantasy!). I was sad that my much prized coronation drinking glass didn’t survive one of the many moves.
    But I love that teacup and saucer… and as it happens, I plan to be at that hotel for the High Tea next year… hopefully drinking out of similar china!

    • I loved hearing about the neighborhood party for the Queen’s coronation, Roslyn. Laughed at your comment about your mother’s fantasy of you being a nurse. I also really like hearing Prince Charles’ comment about being King, he’s a cool guy. You will no doubt enjoy your High Tea at the Empress Hotel, and you will probably get the same china. Thanks so very much for stopping by and sharing your story. 😀

  2. I understand that when she became queen she vowed to remain queen until her death. Poor Charles will be an old man before he takes over the throne.

  3. Such a Regal Toast dear Jet!To Her Majesty!Supreme tribute,love the fragile beauty of the cup and her painting in this posh hotel corner!Do you know that her husband,Prince Philip,was born in Greece?He was born on the Greek island of Corfu,in Mon Repos and he was baptasied into the Greek Orthodox Church.His mother,Princess Alice of Battenberg and mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II,was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.Hope you don’t mind my chatting over the tea 🙂 xxx

    • Oh, Doda, I SO enjoyed chatting over tea with you today!! I did not know that Prince Philip was born in Greece, nor did I know he was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, or that his mother was great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The lineage is mind-boggling. I have seen photos and altars all over the world to QEII, from regal hotels, to the most remote and funky towns in the Outback of Australia. This has given me more ability to see the monarch that I never grew up with. I think I’ll have another cup, how about you? Shall I be mother? 😀 😀

    • So very glad you enjoyed the post today, Gunta, and I appreciate your compliment on the blog’s diversity. I learned a lot more about Queen Eliz. II through travel, because her photo and devoted followers are spread out all over the world in the most unlikely places. The more places I visit, the more photos I see of her. I like to watch English mysteries on PBS, and have even found QE II’s photo on the wall of many of these fictional detectives. lol. I hope you’re feeling better in your recovery…. 😀

    • They sell the china set at the Fairmont Empress Hotel gift shop in Victoria, but I purposely didn’t look at the price tag, because I didn’t want to be heard shouting “Yikes” in this elegant place. It sure was fun to sip from it though. I, too, loved it–many thanks! 😀

    • Yes, she really loved the crown inside the cup. She took so many photos in that fancy restaurant I’m sure a few folks thought the paparazzi were somewhere nearby. Very fun. Thanks so much for your comments, as always, dear Nan. 😀 😀

  4. To take on such an important role as Queen, after losing her Father so young, would have taken a great deal of courage and strength. Her work ethics are amazing, but I feel like she deserves to retire and enjoy a different life now, she has done her part with great commitment and responsibility.

  5. Did you partake in Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel? I just watched a fascinating documentary about Queen Elizabeth on PBS at the beginning of September—did you see it? It documents her life from her youth, to her uncle’s abdication, to her father’s coronation as King George VI, World War II, her unexpected ascension to the throne and the events of her 60-plus year reign. Fascinating stuff. Lovely shot of the teacup and a wonderful toast to England’s longest reigning monarch! :))

    • Yes, I enjoyed afternoon tea at the Empress, it was an anniversary celebration. I am a big tea drinker, however, and although everything was elegant, from the chairs to the cups to the tea treats, they served bagged tea that was weak — my only complaint. For that kind of money, a proper pot of strong, loose tea is all that should be served. Just sayin… lol. And yes, I did see that PBS special, it was a new release and I, too, thoroughly enjoyed it. It is what inspired this post, actually. Always a delight to chat with you, dearest Jeannie. Thanks so much! 😀

      • Like you, I am a tea drinker and I generally only use high quality loose tea (and sometimes tea bags with high quality tea leaves inside) and know how to brew it properly. How disappointing that the Empress didn’t live up to your (and my) expectations. I would have never thought that they wouldn’t care enough to brew only excellent tea for their renowned Afternoon Tea. How short-sighted of them! Now I won’t feel so bad that we never partook in Afternoon Tea at the Empress while we lived in Victoria (we were living on a student budget at the time). When I discovered that the Fairmont MacDonald Hotel (a sister Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta) also serves Afternoon Tea as they do at the Empress, I have often entertained the thought of going there for it. But, for sure, if I ever go, I’ll certainly check out how they brew their tea first (I can’t abide insipid tea either). Thanks for the heads up! I too found the PBS documentary inspiring. Whatever anyone thinks of England’s monarchy, Queen Elizabeth is an extraordinary woman who has had a remarkable life. Enjoy the rest of your week, Jet! :))

  6. Jet! I can only see it from my own perspectief, for I do not know what it Really is to have that functions. But … I am so happy that it is her and not me. Still it is something else… the brits…I have lived in England for guide some time and she…she is allways around. nice this post for a change. happy thoughts B.

    • Many Brits love their Queen. I was born and raised in the U.S., and I like democracy a lot. But in my travels all around the world, I have seen so much love and adoration for QEII, that I thought a toast was appropriate. It’s remarkable she’s been Queen for so long, and like you said, I am glad it’s her and not me. Thanks so much, Belinda. 😀 😀

  7. Lovely photo choice and lovely post, Jet. I personally found it very interesting today listening to the many stories in the news about Queen Elizabeth, especially where and how she was actually first officially named queen.

    • I have found it very interesting, too, BJ. She was so earnest and steadfast even in her early years, and it continues to this day. Thanks so much for the comment, I appreciate it. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s