Monday, June 03, 2002

Taking a Walk Down Coronation Street

Queen Elizabeth II is the center of attention this week as she celebrates her Golden Jubilee with all manner of public events. By most reports Her Majesty is as popular as ever, no doubt in part because of the monarchy's ability to change with the times. While the highlight of Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887 was a royal banquet attended by "fifty foreign kings and princes, along with the governing heads of Britain's overseas colonies and dominions," the biggest event of the current celebration was an outdoor concert featuring Ricky Martin and the Beach Boys. Her current popularity will be useful in years ahead, as the Queen has recently dismissed the idea that she may abdicate.


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