Presidents, Prime Ministers and the Queen

I am 73 years old. I’ve seen everything. I’ve met the kings, the queens, the presidents, I’ve been around the world. I have one thing that I would like to do: to try to reach peace.
~~Ariel Sharon

I love sharing the blog with three Americans. I started about a year ago and remember learning about all the “Public Holidays” in the US, but it was such a whirlwind, it’s only this year that I think, “that’s right, they have something called Presidents’ Day”. So in honour of this special day, we’re blogging about it this week.

But I’m in Australia and there’s no President here… Yes, you guessed it, the Foxes and our Hound are just about the nicest bunch of people, so for me the theme this week is: “Have you ever met or seen a Prime Minister?”

Okay – the short answer is no.

The thing is, though, technically, Queen Elizabeth II is head of State in Australia, represented by the Governor General. Problem solved – I did see the Queen Elizabeth as a young child in 1978 when she came to our town. Mum made a big effort to take me and my neighbour to see her and it’s something imprinted in my memory as a great moment – To see a Queen!

I did see her again, later on in life when I lived in London and went to the Royal Ascot races. I had grown up a little, though, and the „sighting“ had been one of the many I had in London. None-the-less, I can say, I’ve seen the Queen, and yes, it’s something I’m happy about, whether I like her or not! PS – and in a way I do 😉

Lemme know – have you ever met a “Head of State?”

About Iris B

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog.
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22 Responses to Presidents, Prime Ministers and the Queen

  1. elizabethellencarter says:

    I was spoiled. I worked as a journalist for many years. I met a couple of Queensland premiers, state Ministers, an astronaut, a prince from Brunei and a number of movie stars, but I can’t say that I have ever met the Queen. She is an amazing woman. 🙂

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  2. I haven’t exactly met her, but about 10 years ago my dad was awarded an MBE and we got to go inside Buckingham Palace to see him receive his award from The Queen in the State Ballroom 🙂

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  3. Okay, that’s kinda awesome that you get a different challenge than the rest, and love that you’ve had a couple of sightings! Whether or not we like our public figures, it’s still fun to say “Oh yes, I saw them the other day.” 🙂

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  4. Sherry Gloag says:

    I haven’t ‘met’ the Queen but I have seen her on a couple of occasions. One was when she visited the Sandringham woodmill. We had a new car , I had an evil migraine, and her corgis came over to ‘suss’ out the car. I didn’t dare open the window, and just sat there and waited for her to call the dogs back so I could reverse out of the parking area and leave. I have to add there were half-a-dozen security guards there too, all with their hands strategically placed to draw weapons (I assumed) if I opened either the window or the car door!
    On another occasion (I wasn’t there this time.) DH met Prince Phillip who helped a customer choose a don’t and design for a handcrafted house sign that DH used to make.

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    • Iris B says:

      OMG – Sherry – you were a threat to the Queen’s life … even though just momentarily … LOL. LOVE IT … I assume it didn’t help to ease the migraine 🙂

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  5. jeff7salter says:

    Awesome, Iris. I’ve definitely never met a queen.
    Or a king either, for that matter.
    But to learn who I HAVE encountered, you’ll have to wait until Hound Day.

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  6. mikeakin1 says:

    I met Shirley Temple Black…does she count? 🙂

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    • Iris B says:

      It does, Mike! Even if it’s just to stir up a little jealousy here 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. Did you see or meet her? What an expierence. From what I heard she was an amazing woman!

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  7. No, I haven’t and I was hard-pressed for a story until you mentioned Queen Elizabeth. Thanks!

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  8. Micki Gibson says:

    I bow down to you having seen Queen Elizabeth! The closest I’ve ever been to royalty is to have met Meg Cabot who wrote “The Princess Diaries” and has met Julie Andrews who played a queen. I haven’t even seen Prince in concert.

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  9. pjharjo says:

    As you’ve probably read by now, Iris, I have never met a president or anyone like that. But you know what? I have little respect for most politicians over here in the states, anyway. They’re a bunch of liars who most times don’t seem to respect their constituents. Why should it be any more impressive to meet a President than to meet anyone else? They’re just people, just like the rest of us. Kinda like meeting an editor or agent in person, ya know? And I have absolutely no respect for someone like a King or Queen who was born, not earned their way into their position.

    in a mood…

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    • Iris B says:

      I was very happy to meet my editor last year and thrilled to have met this couple from Oregon who possibly now live in Idaho, yet that was not the question 😉
      Yes, as much as I dislike politics, it’s something we need in life, and thank goodness there are people out there taking on this responsibility for such little money! And yes, I have to admit, it gives me a thrill to see a Queen or a King or a Princess – and you could give me all the money in the world, I wouldn’t change with them.

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