Gentle reader, with all the media concentrated on the death of Queen Elizabeth, our mind went back to when, and how, we first became aware of her existence. The how was quite easy and quite exact, the when was not so exact.

As you know, her father, King George VI, was not expected to be king, and thus she was not expected to be queen. But King Edward VII was king for a relatively brief time, and because the woman he had fallen in love with while he was Prince of Wales, Wallace Warfield Simpson, was an American multiple divorcee, he could not marry her in the Church of England, and as king he was titular head of that church. So he had to choose between the woman and the throne: He chose the woman and abdicated. Thus his younger brother became king, as George VI, and George’s older daughter, Elizabeth, became heir apparent.