Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth

My sainted mother was a Newfie of pure Irish descent, with fiery red hair and a tempestuous, but lovable, temperament to match.  She had small use for the British monarchy except for the current reigning monarch who she adored.  My

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Star-Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace

  Queen Elizabeth after 9-11, breaking with royal protocol, ordered the playing of The Star Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace:     For the first time, the Queen allowed her troops to play The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United

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PopeWatch: The Queen

  Pope Francis met with the Queen yesterday: According to Vatican Radio, Thursday’s audience marked the queen’s seventh encounter with a pontiff and the fifth different pope she has met. Besides trips to Rome, she also welcomed Pope John Paul

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PopeWatch: The Queen

  PopeWatch’s sainted mother would have loved this.  A Newfie, she was Irish to her core, but she still had a great fondness for Elizabeth II. In Rome, the Queen will also meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, a great admirer.

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