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and boats that use an outdated propulsion system.