As readers will know, Elizabeth II,

Queen of the United Kingdom

and fourteen other Commonwealth realms,

died yesterday at the age of ninety-six.

Queen Elizabeth ascended to the Throne in 1952

and was the longest-reigning British monarch.

In June, she became the second-longest reigning monarch

in world history having ruled for over seventy years.

Whatever one thinks of the institution of Monarchy,

it would be churlish to deny that Queen Elizabeth

led a remarkable life of service. While no intelligent person

can produce a logical case for Royalty, life is full of such oddities,

including perhaps an interest in long-dead rowers

and boats that use an outdated propulsion system.