90 years

The Queen celebrates the 90th birthday today. Everyone talks about it.

It yet again reminded me of one particular English trait that awestruck me even on my first visit to this land… Nothing ever is forgotten, wiped off or destroyed.

Everything is cherished, kept and taken care of – old roads, buildings, railroads, cars, furniture, customs and traditions, even such a rudiment (no offence) as monarchy.

The English (and to be fair probably all Britons) don’t throw the old stuff out. Instead, they take it along, transforming everything to make it relevant… Beautiful, wise, awe-inspiring virtue and tradition. The English monarchy is a good example. Much to learn here.

My favorite photograph of the Queen:

Happy birthday, Your Majesty!