Post by Josh Rosenbluth Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by Josh Rosenbluth Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by Josh Rosenbluth
Post by rumpelstiltskin
I was in America by the time Elizabeth II was crowned, but
I remember as part of the coronation verbiage (perhaps given
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, though I don't remember)
"... and may the queen live forever". I thought that was an
odd thing to say even though I was only 8.
Wikipedia lists Elizabeth II's reign as starting the sixth of
February 1952, but her coronation as taking place the
second of June 1953. It seems odd to me that there was
more than a year between the beginning of her reign and
her coronation, but maybe that's ordinary - I don't know.
Wikipedia also states, " The coronation was held more than one year
later because of the tradition of allowing an appropriate length of time
to pass after a monarch dies before holding such festivals."
Elizabeth has been on the throne for just short of 67 years. What
monarch who also ruled in both the 20th and 21st centuries had a longer
Oh gosh, I don't know. I regard monarchy, and feudalism
in general, as similar to religion: something that makes no
sense in the modern world, but is held onto because of
"tradition" despite the fact that, IMV, if either were ever
beneficial to the human race, neither are beneficial now.
Hint: Shall we dance?
I had to rely on Wikipedia to get "Longest reigning
monarchs", from which I get two European hits that
match your criteria: Johann II of Liechtenstein and
Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary.
Neither reigned in he 21st century.
I was looking for monarchs who reigned from
the 1900's into the 2000's. I hope I'm not the only
person in the world who still can't reliably
remember that all the years in the "20th century"
start with "19", except for the year 2000 itself.
It seems so perverse to me to have named the
centuries that way.
I also have never gotten over the fact that
there is no year "zero". It's so un-mathematical.
Maybe people were still using Roman Numerals
when the numbering of the centuries was set,
and there is no "zero" in Roman numerals. I've
been told there wasn't even a concept of "zero".
"Zero" is another thing we got from the Arabs.
I suppose we got the odd-men-out such as
"2000" in the years within a century because,
since there was no zero, the ancients had to
start with "1", screwing up the first century
and then every other century after it.
Oscar Wilde died in 1900, and shortly before
his death (which he knew was coming), he
said that he supposed the new century (the
20th) could not begin until he was dead.
Post by Josh Rosenbluth Post by rumpelstiltskin
"Shall We Dance, released in 1937, is the seventh of the ten
Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films.
Shall We Dance is one of the signature songs in the Rogers and
Hammerstein musical The King and I. Number 2 on the list in Wikipedia
is the correct answer (Rama IX, Thailand).