The Heck With The Queen Of England

Tomorrow, a woman by the name of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor-Mountbatten will be visiting the free and independent United States of America.

She calls herself Queen Elizabeth II.

As you may be aware, we fought a war about 229 years ago to liberate ourselves from her tyrannical predecessors.

Nonetheless, I am amazed at the fact that American citizens are so eager to abject themselves to a woman who is famous for nothing other than the fact than the fact that she is distantly gentically linked to a bunch of guys who beheaded people to establish their rule over the British Isles.

Jacqueline Bowens knows how to decipher the intricacies of life or death trauma, but the directives from Buckingham Palace have her flummoxed.

” ‘Day Dress’ for the women,” frets the Children’s National Medical Center vice president. “We’re thinking that’s Business Attire.”

“Or are we supposed to wear dresses?” worries Terry Orzechowski, the Washington hospital’s director of volunteer services. ” Can woman wear pants to meet the queen?”

“Have you ever seen a woman wearing pants and meeting the queen?” Bowens asks. Orzechowski doesn’t answer.

Today, on her private charter British Airways Boeing 777, Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Richmond, accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip. On Sunday, they will head to Washington with their entourage of 35 — a group that will not include a private chef but does include dressers and hairdressers.

Mastering the royals’ esoterica is sending American staffs from Richmond to Washington to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt into a fear-tinged tizzy. E-mails are pinging back and forth between the queen’s page and the director of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion. In the last week alone, 300,000 people have clicked on a special Virginia Web site, seeking info about the arrival of Her Majesty. At NASA, when Goddard officials offered a chance for 200 employees to simply sit in an auditorium with the queen, 900 responses immediately flooded back.

Okay, let’s get this straight people.

We won the Revolutionary War.

We owe no allegiance to the British Throne.

When it comes to the British Royal Family (to the extent you can call the Buckingham Place rendition of “Married With Children” a family) we owe them nothing.

No respect.


Is it nice that she’s visiting my home state ? Maybe.

But, frankly, I don’t think we need to fawn over this woman. Don’t genuflect. Don’t bow. She is not your superior. She’s just a nice (maybe) lady who lives in another country.

Originally posted at Below The Beltway

  • Kevin

    Hmmm…Virginia was a loyalist hotbed in the Revolutionary War.

  • Doug Mataconis


    The home of Washington, Jefferson, Henry, Mason.

    A Loyalist hotbed ???

    Are you sure ?

    If any colony was a loyalist hotbed, I’d put Massachusetts or New York in that category.

  • Kevin

    Are you sure ?

    If I’m not mistaken, weren’t loyalist raiders active in rural Virginia during the Southern campaign in the late 1770s-early 1780s before Yorktown? Perhaps I’m lumping Virginia in with the fighting in rural North Carolina and South Carolina (two Loyalist hotbeds that only began to align with the Americans when the British offered slaves freedom if they fought with the British).

    If any colony was a loyalist hotbed, I’d put Massachusetts or New York in that category.

    I’ll grant New York. Burgoyne was aided by New York loyalists when he marched to his defeat in Saratoga. However, Massachusetts, the home of the Revolution was anything but a loyalist stronghold. Boston perhaps until the British evacuated in late 1775, but Massachusetts was definitely pro-Patriot.

    Now if the Revolution was fought today on the other hand…..

  • Wild Pegasus

    Tyranny of George III? LOL, he was half-senile. The Declaration of Independence had great things to say about political philosophy, but its recounting of the current situation was propoganda. That was all Parliament.

    As to fawning over the Queen, it’s perfectly natural to be excited to meet her. I don’t see the harm at all.

    – Josh

  • Dana

    There’s one story about Old King George I like. Benjamin West was an American Patriot and close friend of the King. Supposedly, in one meeting several English people present chided him for being American and a Patriot. King George came to his defend basically saying that anyone who wasn’t a patriot couldn’t be trusted.

    Then he went mad and the relationship changed, but that is another story.

  • Doug Mataconis

    As to fawning over the Queen, it’s perfectly natural to be excited to meet her. I don’t see the harm at all.

    As long as we all agree that that’s exactly what it is —- fawning over someone who is famous for being famous.

    Personally, though, I despise the idea of American citizens eagerly standing in line to curtsey to a monarch. If you want to meet the Queen of England, then go ahead and do it. But shake her hand, don’t treat her like a god.

  • Neville Taylor

    A curtsey or a bow would be the last thing the Queen would expect from Americans. She is not an absolute medieval monarch, she’s a modern constitutional monarch. She’s not that keen on such formality with her own people. Please get your heads out of the past. She didn’t ask for this job, and she does it with dignity. Please, at least give her respect for that. This is not the 1700’s.

  • xenos

    Neville: in a story for the New York times, it was written that Laura Bush and other women present at the dinner have the option of curtseying, but it’s not required. It is not “the last thing” the Queen would expect. It’s in the State Department’s “etiquette notebook”.

    Doug: I’m with you. This entire visit makes me sick to my stomach. So-called royalty is evil.