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The Queen is dead.
#62531 09/08/22 06:32 PM
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Long live the King!

Elizabeth II D. G. Regina ruled/served for 70+ years.

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grelber #62532 09/08/22 07:42 PM
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This country is going to miss her. Truly the end of an era.


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freelance #62533 09/08/22 09:38 PM
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I actually remember watching her coronation on TV via what I think was a live cable transmission. Incredibly grainy black& white, and (for an 8-9 year old) boring as all get out.

She certainly did make her mark on the world and will be missed by many current, former (I hope), and never were subjects.

I was hoping she'd outlive her mother and son.

Now who'll cover for Andrew?

Camilla must be wetting her panties!


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freelance #62535 09/08/22 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by freelance
This country is going to miss her. Truly the end of an era.
We can only imagine how much. Given that she was older than all but about 150,000 Britons, the nation has known no other Monarch. The respect for her, as a steadying beacon, is demonstrated by the Scottish Nationalist Party, who sought independence and yet wanted to have Elizabeth II as their Head of State.

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artie505 #62536 09/09/22 01:10 AM
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RE "I actually remember watching her coronation on TV via what I think was a live cable transmission. Incredibly grainy black & white, and (for an 8-9 year old) boring as all get out."

Back in 1952 there was no such thing as "live cable transmission". As I recall, the various North American news/TV outlets were anxiously waiting to receive the B&W film of the event being flown over as soon as the ceremonies concluded — so at least a half-day's delay for video (which was definitely grainy B&W).

Twenty years later even the wedding of Princess Anne was pretty much available only on audio cassette. The wedding was recorded in November 1972, then sent by courier to Berlin to be manufactured in cassette form (least expensive bid), thence back to the UK for the Christmas market.
(I was likely the first person in North America to have a [pre-distribution] copy, graciously gifted to me by the courier on a flight between Berlin and London, on my promise not to play it to others until after it went on sale in the UK ± worldwide. It starts out with the clippety-cloppety of the wedding carriage approaching Westminster Abbey.)

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grelber #62537 09/09/22 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by grelber
Back in 1952 there was no such thing as "live cable transmission". As I recall, the various North American news/TV outlets were anxiously waiting to receive the B&W film of the event being flown over as soon as the ceremonies concluded — so at least a half-day's delay for video (which was definitely grainy B&W).
It was likely a kinescope recording (videotape had not yet come along), which was a 16mm film recording of the images on a video monitor.


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grelber #62538 09/09/22 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by grelber
RE "I actually remember watching her coronation on TV via what I think was a live cable transmission. Incredibly grainy black & white, and (for an 8-9 year old) boring as all get out."

Back in 1952 there was no such thing as "live cable transmission". As I recall, the various North American news/TV outlets were anxiously waiting to receive the B&W film of the event being flown over as soon as the ceremonies concluded — so at least a half-day's delay for video (which was definitely grainy B&W).
I don't know from where I got it, but I've always thought there was a live transmission via undersea cable, but...

But there actually was some live transmission as explained here along with other details.


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grelber #62539 09/09/22 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by grelber
Twenty years later even the wedding of Princess Anne was pretty much available only on audio cassette. The wedding was recorded in November 1972, then sent by courier to Berlin to be manufactured in cassette form (least expensive bid), thence back to the UK for the Christmas market.
(I was likely the first person in North America to have a [pre-distribution] copy, graciously gifted to me by the courier on a flight between Berlin and London, on my promise not to play it to others until after it went on sale in the UK ± worldwide. It starts out with the clippety-cloppety of the wedding carriage approaching Westminster Abbey.)

That's pretty cool! And, wow(!) the things that have changed in the last 70 years! I wonder how far back in time you'd have to go from QEII's coronation to equalize the upheaval the world has experienced since. I was pulling for her to live long enough to break King Louis' all-time record. But, her family can be thankful that she still had all her faculties to the end. Just 48 hours before she died, she swore in the new PM. That's amazing!

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freelance #62540 09/10/22 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by freelance
This country is going to miss her.
And they are definitely going to miss a fabulous sense of humour.


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Ha! Good one.


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freelance #62542 09/10/22 08:49 AM
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It just may be the very best "Ugly American" story ever.


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artie505 #62543 09/10/22 01:35 PM
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There's the old one about the American visitors to Windsor Castle who couldn't understand why the Queen built the castle under the flight path.


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Originally Posted by freelance
There's the old one about the American visitors to Windsor Castle who couldn't understand why the Queen built the castle under the flight path.
A real American would have asked why it's not surrounded by a no-fly zone.


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