OK, so we said that we weren’t blogging today – but when Boston Borough Council hands you a Friday Funny on a plate, what can you do?
The above appeared not only in the Boston Daily Beano – now inflicted on “thousands” of readers who can’t be bothered to unsubscribe – but on the Worst Street website as well.
Whilst we’ve inserted an enlarged comic cut in the top picture – here’s a standalone version so that you can see that the writer not only has problems with history, but maths as well.
“One of Doreen's earliest memories is going to the Lincolnshire Show with her parents when guests of honour were Queen Elizabeth I and King George VI” says the waffle.
Run that by us again, please.
We think it means that the guests were King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
This was how she was referred to as the Queen Consort – although her official title was "HRH the Duchess of York" after their marriage.
When George VI died, her role became Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother – mainly to avoid becoming muddled with her daughter, our present Queen Elizabeth II.
So, who on earth was the Queen Elizabeth I who pitched up at the Lincolnshire Show – in the days when it toured the county.
Step forward the apparently little-known Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn who reigned from the age of 23 in 1558 until her death in 1603.
Still not sure?
Think “the Virgin Queen” the defeat of the Spanish Armada (“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king and of a king of England too …”)
If not, you’re as bad as Worst Street and up there with the legendary team of W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman – whose famous history spoof “1066 and All That” appeared in 1930.
Perhaps Worst Street’s historical ignorance explains why they have the non-relationship with the Pilgrim Fathers so badly around the civic neck!
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