April 21st 2012 6:44 am
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Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926[note 1]) is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms, and head of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations. In her specific role as the monarch of the United Kingdom, one of her 16 realms, she is also Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Elizabeth was born in London, and educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne as George VI in 1936 on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, in which she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. On the death of her father in 1952, she became Head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation service in 1953 was the first to be televised. Between 1956 and 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. Today, in addition to the first four aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
In 1947 she married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with whom she has four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. In 1992, which Elizabeth termed her annus horribilis ("horrible year"), Charles and Andrew separated from their wives, Anne divorced, and a severe fire damaged part of Windsor Castle. Revelations continued on the state of Charles's marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, and they divorced in 1996. The following year, Diana died in a Paris car crash, and the media criticised the royal family for remaining in seclusion in the days before her funeral. Elizabeth's personal popularity rebounded after she appeared in public and has subsequently remained high.
Her reign of 60 years is the second-longest for a British monarch; only Queen Victoria has reigned longer. Her Silver and Golden Jubilees were celebrated in 1977 and 2002; her Diamond Jubilee is being celebrated during 2012.
January 15th 2012 9:56 am
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I was going to put this in the q's and a's section but thought I'd put this here:)
In november last year 1 of our neighbours malamutes grabbed hold of Alfies neck but let go. Personally I think its because he had a collar that the dog couldnt grip on properly as it has a big ring for the name tag. They have before and after lunged for my dogs on walks. When I have been on 1 side of the road they have tried pulling their owner over the road to me and my dogs. I have tried to keep it nice between me and my neighbour. But when I last took him to the vets as there was saliva on his back and indents in his collar. My vet contacted the RSPCA about the attack on my dogs. He did contact me and told me he was doing this and I did tell malamutes owners that they might have a visit from the RSPCA. They have got quite huffy with me. Saying their dog never made contact with my dog. They also say as shes only 14 months old shes still learning etc.
All I want to know from you guys..is am I in the wrong?
I think both dogs ~ 1 is over a year the other is 14 months shouldnt be displaying this behaviour. They have attacked 2 other dogs but those people didnt inform anyone. 1 was a Labrador the other was a pitbull of some sort.
My question is...what would you guys do?
July 2nd 2010 12:59 am
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OK leaving home...packed me bags and I'm off...such shoddy service here!!!!:))))