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Basic Design Glitch :-( May 17, 2015

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Where is the mistake?

There is a mistake that would turn one of history’s most celebrated evacuations into a dangerous failure:
Where is it?

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The little carriage drawn by the elephants is for those very small creatures that would otherwise certainly get lost in the gigantic logistics of the operation: ants and little spiders, snails, frogs. This artist gave close attention to lesser passengers.

All very thoughtful. Before you build, you have to draw.
And so, what is that basic design glitch?

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Queen of England May 28, 2015

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Windsor

Windsor castle front fassade

This is where the Queen lives, but not all the time, for she has other castles and residences. The photo is by Diliff (of course).

The castle is immense and it is called Windsor which is an old English word meaning “slope with a windlass” :

Windsor castle seen from air

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Princess Elizabeth 1928

Her Majesty, when she was a little girl in 1928

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Buckingham Palace, London, England,

Buckingham Palace

it is the Queen’s official residence in London.

Click to see the real picture by Diliff.

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Queen Elizabeth in India

…. Elizabeth II Daimler 1947

The very young Queen’s visit to India

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the Queen and Mrs Nixonl

The Queen and Mrs Nixon.

It is not easy to live in the spotlight and forever move gracefully and never, ever forget what you represent.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi 6001

The Queen’s dog

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Elizabeth II greets NASA employees

The Queen greeting NASA people.

This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Elizabeth_II_greets_NASA_GSFC_employees,_May_8,_2007_edit.jpg.

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Ascot Racetrack …..

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Ascot racecourse FinishingPost

Released into public domain by JohnArmagh at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AscotFinishingPost.JPG

The Ascot racetrack, where the Queen watches her horses, beautiful horses that never win, which is a good sign meaning

1] the horses are being treated with great care and

2] the Queen loves the races even though her horses don’t win.*** wrong.  see footnote

3] there is no rigging, which is in itself incredible.

The Royal carriages leave after carrying The Queen to the races:

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Under CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license by Steve F at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Royal_carriages_leave_after_carrying_The_Queen_to_the_races_-_geograph.org.uk_-_852016.jpg

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the Queen and Mr President

The Queen at the White House.

The Queen’s husband is Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He is not a king.

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Queen Elizabeth in Ankara.

I wonder what the conversation would be in that setting.  — Maybe the weather?

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The Queen at the horse races.

This is not an official smile, not even an official face. But nice! And tell-tale.

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Sandringham_House

Sandringham House, another of the Queen’s residences.

released into public domain by
Emmelie at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sandringham_House.jpg

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Sandringham House as pictured on an old photo at
http://www.oldukphotos.com/norfolk_sandringham.htm


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The Queen at the Window

The Queen at the Window.

It is a photo of the very rare, imaginative kind.

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Imperial State Crown

The Imperial State Crown

It is  heavy in more than one regard.

In fact, it was so heavy that it had to be lowered:

In the crown there are more than three thousand precious stones, and some are known by their names.

The cross  contains a stone called St. Edward’s Sapphire because it was taken from the ring of Edward the Confessor.

Here is the legend:

Most of the stones are famous for the legends of their origin, among them

The Black Prince’s Ruby and The  Lesser Star of Africa :

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The Black Prince’s Ruby enters the “stage of history” in the middle of the 14th century as the possession of Abu Said, the Moorish Prince of Granada.

If Heinrich Heine were around, he would write a ballad about it.

See……..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Prince_Ruby..

The crown is worn at the end of the coronation and also once a year when it travels in its own carriage :-D

It is accompanied by other jewels traveling to  Westminster Palace for the Queen to open the sessions of the British Parliament.

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When I last looked, only two of the Queen’s horses were on the net, and I don’t think they are race horses:

Whitton Poppy, the mom, and Sandringham Sailor II, her foal.

two of the Queen's horses

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In 2009 the Queen was photographed all alone taking a commuter train to go to Sandringham:

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By the way:

Quite often there are enumerations of the many castles and crowns that the Queen owns, but I had never seen this:

Her Majesty owns half of the shoreline of England.

:-)

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Added September 2013

I said that her horses never win. This is wrong. Her horses have won many races, but never at Ascot until now: The first time in 207 years!

royal Ascot 2013.

And while looking for more information, I saw this photo:

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President Reagan and the Queen.

I often wondered what the Queen’s horse would look like.