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Comment: When I was in Boston recently, our tour guide pointed out the old
State House where the Declaration of Independence was first publically
read on the balcony. He said that Queen Elizabeth II had come to visit
Boston years back and that she had gone up to that same balcony and
proclaimed to the people below that "All is forgiven!"

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Thank God. I've been up at night worrying about that.

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There's still that little matter of the church the British burned in South Carolina, stuffed full of women and children. And don't tell me it didn't happen. I mean, Mel Gibson wouldn't lie, would he?

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I don't know about a balcony in Boston, but I do recall hearing on the news a few years back(10-15, maybe?) that Queen Elizabeth, on behalf of Britain, did indeed officially forgive the United States for the treason it committed long ago. I rather doubt that it was as tritely stated as "All is forgiven" though. I am searching for a cite, but can't find one at present.
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Would this have something to do with Queen Elizabeth's visit to the US as part of the bicententenary celebrations? She presented a new bell in Philadelphia (her speech is transcribed here -- scroll down a bit: http://mail.architexturez.net/+/Design-L.V1/archive/msg19545.shtml

On the same visit, at a state dinner, the US President and she exchanged suitable speeches http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=6193

I can't find anything to do with Boston or Balconies, or "All is forgiven". This occasion seems to be the nearest in spirit to the sentiment.

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I found a reference to her speaking from the Old State House balcony during a visit to Boston in 1976, but no record of what was said:

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ETA: Found a Wikipedia reference (can't post the link, it has parentheses in it, just search Old State House Boston):
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On July 11, 1976, as part of her Boston visit to celebrate the bicentenary of the United States of America, Queen Elizabeth II toured the Old State House and was shown a sample of original tea from the Boston Tea Party of 1773. She appeared on the historic balcony with Prince Philip and delivered an address to a large audience which included the Mayor of Boston and Governor of Massachusetts. She said, in part, "If Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and other patriots could have known that one day a British monarch would stand on the balcony of the Old State House, from which the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston, and be greeted in such kind and generous words, well I think they would have been extremely surprised! But perhaps they would also have been pleased to know that eventually we came together again as free peoples and friends to defend together the very ideals for which the American Revolution was fought." The Queen presented a gift of an eagle to the Bostonian Society, which operates the Old State House on behalf of the National Park Service. The Queen also attended a service at Old North Church, had lunch at Boston City Hall, and visited USS Constitution before sailing out of the city on the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia.
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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
There's still that little matter of the church the British burned in South Carolina, stuffed full of women and children. And don't tell me it didn't happen. I mean, Mel Gibson wouldn't lie, would he?

Queen Elizabeth did that? What a psychotic cow.

With that and her testing mind altering drugs on her own subjects. Oh sorry that was your lot wasn't it. [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
There's still that little matter of the church the British burned in South Carolina, stuffed full of women and children. And don't tell me it didn't happen. I mean, Mel Gibson wouldn't lie, would he?

It's a little known fact that Mel Gibson's dedication to exposing the awful truth about the sinister Brits goes beyond such carefully researched documentaties as The Patriot and Braveheart.

Even in his early, fictional work, Mr Gibson pursued his noble agenda. How many people realise that the character of the Toecutter in Mad Max is a very thinly-disguised expose of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother? Far too few, IMO. It just shows the insidious reach of the British establishment that only a very small minority of snopesters would recognise her in the Kawasaki Z-1000 riding psychotic gang leader.

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quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Fizz:
It just shows the insidious reach of the British establishment that only a very small minority of snopesters would recognise her in the Kawasaki Z-1000 riding psychotic gang leader.

Hardly surprising, though, since as far as I'm aware, the Queen Mother only ever rode a Triumph Thunderbird.

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Originally posted by VeebleFetzer:
quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Fizz:
It just shows the insidious reach of the British establishment that only a very small minority of snopesters would recognise her in the Kawasaki Z-1000 riding psychotic gang leader.

Hardly surprising, though, since as far as I'm aware, the Queen Mother only ever rode a Triumph Thunderbird.
I am reliably informed that she also kept a streetfighter special based on a crashed-and-recovered Suzuki GSX-R750 (bought on ebay for her by the Duke of Gloucester) at Clarence House. And I think we can now guess at the identity of the crazed rider who used to do 200mph night-time runs between Balmoral and Tomintoul on a lime green turbocharged Hayabusa.
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quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Fizz:
]I am reliably informed that she also kept a streetfighter special based on a crashed-and-recovered Suzuki GSX-R750 (bought on ebay for her by the Duke of Gloucester) at Clarence House. And I think we can now guess at the identity of the crazed rider who used to do 200mph night-time runs between Balmoral and Tomintoul on a lime green turbocharged Hayabusa.

Well, obviously, I was talking about on state occasions. You can't picture the Queen Mum on a Kawasaki at the Opening of Parliament, can you? The idea's ludicrous.

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Originally posted by Zachary Fizz:
]I am reliably informed that she also kept a streetfighter special based on a crashed-and-recovered Suzuki GSX-R750 (bought on ebay for her by the Duke of Gloucester) at Clarence House. And I think we can now guess at the identity of the crazed rider who used to do 200mph night-time runs between Balmoral and Tomintoul on a lime green turbocharged Hayabusa.

Well, obviously, I was talking about on state occasions. You can't picture the Queen Mum on a Kawasaki at the Opening of Parliament, can you? The idea's ludicrous.
Oh, sorry, how silly of me [dunce] I realise that Her late Majesty was always very particular about using a British motorcycle to do extended wheelies and stoppies at the Changing of the Guard. Having a modified hooter which played The British Grenadiers as well as the more usual Colonel Bogey was very well received by the troops.

I think this demonstrates how the junior Royals are letting the side down by turning up at minor state occasions on Vespas.

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quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Fizz:
I think this demonstrates how the junior Royals are letting the side down by turning up at minor state occasions on Vespas.

I couldn't agree more. I mean, some of their close-formation display work's pretty good, and entertaining enough, in its own way. But when I compare that to Lord Mountbatten leaping 17 Chelsea pensioners at the Prince of Wales's investiture… well, it lacks a certain pomp, that's all I'm saying.

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On Vespas ?

I thought the Mods were passé.

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quote:
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Originally posted by Zachary Fizz:
I think this demonstrates how the junior Royals are letting the side down by turning up at minor state occasions on Vespas.

I couldn't agree more. I mean, some of their close-formation display work's pretty good, and entertaining enough, in its own way. But when I compare that to Lord Mountbatten leaping 17 Chelsea pensioners at the Prince of Wales's investiture… well, it lacks a certain pomp, that's all I'm saying.
Quite right. I fear they have forgotten the importance of prestige.

George V astride his gold-and-purple Brough Superior (or The Imperial State Motor-Bicycle, to be more exact) brought to mind images of the battleships of the Grand Fleet, and might of Empire. No wonder that the mere recorded sound of him revving his V-twin was enough to quell no less than 27 separate native uprisings.

HM Queen Elizabeth II is said to have persuaded JFK to supply Thor missiles to the UK, simply by racing him round the North Circular on her tuned Vincent Black Lightning. (For the record, JFK was a very creditable three minutes and twenty seconds behind her at the finish, on his Harley Davidson Sportster; Khruschev's attempts to break the Atlantic Alliance failed, like his highly modified Ural 650's driveshaft, at the Hanger Lane Gyratory).

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Look, as far as the Queen Mother was concerned, if her hat stayed on throughout the journey to William Hill via Thresher, it was a decent motor.
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