Queen Elizabeth II turned 80 last Friday (April 21). I forgot to blog about it. My apologies to the Queen. Here is wishing a belated happy birthday to the Queen of England. May she live long enough to brake the record of reign of 64 years of Queen Victoria. I always wondered how England which gave the democratic sytems of governance to all over the world, is still ruled by a monarch. This article in The Guardian provides some of the answers to this question. Also this article has this wonderful line:Tony Benn's well-worn line that we wouldn't trust the airline captain who announced over the public address system, "I'm not, in fact, a trained pilot - but don't worry, my dad was."