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25 October 2011

Majesty


Pre-Olympics Melbourne was so very different when Her Maj arrived in 1954 when small children were shepherded to the front of the crowds lining the streets, and sat cross-legged in safety, waiting for a glimpse of Her Maj. Those of us in school received a medallion, and I have been wearing mine this week, pointlessly in my remote seclusion.
This surreal illustration which appears to assume an 'inclusion' of various members of 'our society' is less real than if PIXAR had done it. embiggen, and then shreik.
The 'Pieta'-like glamour lubra and child defies opinion. I searched for artist name, they wisely 'anon'.
For those of you who have never trekked to the immediate proximity of Her Maj, trust me, the star thing applies. May she live long and prosper ...

11 comments:

  1. I failed to describe the illustration as the endpapers of a Colorgravure folio book of The Royal Tour 1954, courtesy of Lord Sedgwick Family Library

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  2. Weird but interesting picture. Palm trees? Is that a lubra without breasts? Grass down to the edge of the Bay. Liz seems to have kept the handbag and still uses it.

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  3. I remember standing by the wayside 1954 in Melbourne, but not much else about it. I did once have a close encounter with Phil the Greek outside the Caf at Melbourne Uni back in the late 60s. I was unimpressed at the time, being a die hard anarchist.

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  4. Hmph, my copies of Country Life "Picture Book of The Royal Tour" and The Argus' "The Queen in Victoria" fail to have such glamorous end papers.
    Liz is the original recycler for accessories, Andrew.

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  5. Well I know we'll never see her diaries of the Throne Years but I'd bet they'd be on the Best Seller lists for years.
    All those things she was privately thinking while making nice with horrible people. As one of Andrew's commenters said, separate the woman from the Queen and there's a ripper old trout with a mind like a steel trap. Shame about the rest of the family, must come from Phil's side.

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  6. I lined up in the sun along Commonwealth Avenue with a zillion other school children. And she was gone before it had registered that she was there. I am with Jahteh - I would love to read her diaries. An excerpt from Queen Vic's still makes me smile 'No pudding and no fun!' (while visiting).

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  7. What a fabulous picture, so typical! To be quite honest i did not expect it to be so "PC". As the antipodes,I guess we only had the "exotic" angle to play.

    Ms Ann, I so love your commentaries!

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  8. I'd be a bit concerned about what has the shearer so excited.

    It's so much better now with the great unwashed behind APEC barricades.

    "I did but see her passing by,
    Like a giant yellow kind of custard
    In the sky."

    Better than going to the movies.

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  9. She came to visit country X during one of our postings there.

    A number of the British Embassy wives (no bloke partners in those days) made a point of not wearing knickers on the day they met her.

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  10. Andrew - quality shopping is always economical.
    Anne - I'm so glad I'm not alone, and yes of course 'anarchy' is what good students are all about.
    Jayne - I just love Country Life, but gosh it's expensive.
    JahTeh - I like to think she has recorded it ALL for posthumous publishing but unfortunately I will predecease her.
    El Child - yes old Vicky did it. she doesnt look like she ever missed pudding though.
    Petticoats and Chrome Corsets - you must just think how Rigby & Peller lash her into that solid mass.

    I hope you got fabulous Phils comment about the no-knickers diplomats wives. ya couldn make it up.
    Thank you all for visiting X X

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  11. Andrew - quality shopping is always economical. and breasts? in the 1950's nobody ever mentioned them, which is why Monroe and Diana Dors and Jayne Mansfield shocked everyone so much.
    Anne - I'm so glad I'm not alone, and yes of course 'anarchy' is what good students are all about.
    Jayne - I just love Country Life, but gosh it's expensive.
    JahTeh - I like to think she has recorded it ALL for posthumous publishing but unfortunately I will predecease her.
    El Child - yes old Vicky did it. she doesnt look like she ever missed pudding though.
    Petticoats and Chrome Corsets - you must just think how Rigby & Peller lash her into that solid mass.

    I hope you got fabulous Phils comment about the no-knickers diplomats wives. ya couldn make it up.
    Thank you all for visiting X X

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