Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Friday, 14 January 2011

The Queen of Denmark

Her Majesty The Queen, 2005

Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark

Credits: Steen Evald, from the Danish Monarchy website

Today is the 39th anniversary of the accession to the Danish throne of Queen Margrethe II in 1972. It seems appropriate to express good wishes on this occasion as Her Majesty enters the fortieth year of her reign, and also to congratulate the Crown Prince and Crown Princess on the birth of twins last Saturday.

In addition to being an exemplary monarch the Queen is both an archaeologist and an artist who is widely esteemed by her people. Her reign has seen the continuation of the stability the monarchy has brought to Denmark and it associated realms.

The excellent official website of the Danish Monarchy can be viewed at here, and there are also Wikipedia articles about the Queen and the Danish Monarchy.

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