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July 24, 2008

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Formal portrait of The Queen
Julian Calder
The Queen is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror, and is also the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
The Queen is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms.

The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926. She became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development.

The Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and has four children and eight grandchildren.

Her Majesty is 38th in direct line of descent from Egbert (c. 775-839), King of Wessex from 802 and of England 827 to 839.

She is the fortieth monarch since William I (William the Conqueror), and also the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Luk 24:13 That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
Luk 24:14 As they were talking and thinking about what had happened,
Luk 24:15 Jesus came near and started walking along beside them.
Luk 24:16 But they did not know who he was.
Luk 24:17 Jesus asked them, "What were you talking about as you walked along?" The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy.
Luk 24:18 Then the one named Cleopas asked Jesus, "Are you the only person from Jerusalem who didn't know what was happening there these last few days?"
Luk 24:19 "What do you mean?" Jesus asked. They answered: Those things that happened to Jesus from Nazareth. By what he did and said he showed that he was a powerful prophet, who pleased God and all the people.
Luk 24:20 Then the chief priests and our leaders had him arrested and sentenced to die on a cross.
Luk 24:21 We had hoped that he would be the one to set Israel free! But it has already been three days since all this happened.
Luk 24:22 Some women in our group surprised us. They had gone to the tomb early in the morning,
Luk 24:23 but did not find the body of Jesus. They came back, saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive.
Luk 24:24 Some men from our group went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. But they didn't see Jesus either.
Luk 24:25 Then Jesus asked the two disciples, "Why can't you understand? How can you be so slow to believe all that the prophets said?
Luk 24:26 Didn't you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?"
Luk 24:27 Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets.
Luk 24:28 When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther.
Luk 24:29 They begged him, "Stay with us! It's already late, and the sun is going down." So Jesus went into the house to stay with them.
Luk 24:30 After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them.
Luk 24:31 At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, has been married to The Queen since 1947.

He was born Prince of Greece and Denmark in Corfu in 1921, but renounced his Royal title when he became a naturalised British subject in 1947.

Having joined the Royal Navy in 1939, Prince Philip saw active service throughout the Second World War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He was present in Tokyo harbour when Japan surrendered.

After Princess Elizabeth became Queen, Prince Philip gave up his naval career to support The Queen in her duties. The Duke of Edinburgh has no constitutional role other than as a Privy Counsellor, and sees no State papers.

But through his active support of a wide range of charities, and through his own initiatives for young people, The Duke of Edinburgh has played a major role both nationally and internationally.

Like The Queen, Prince Philip is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. The Queen and Prince Philip are also related through his father's side. His paternal grandfather, King George I of Greece, was Queen Alexandra's brother.