“For there are only two worlds – your world, which is the real world, and the other worlds, the fantasy…their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide escape. Provide a dream, and power, provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters.”-Queen Titania, “The Books of Magic”
OBE means Order of the British Empire
King George V wanted to be able to honour the thousands of people who helped to win the First World War, but were not soldiers. These days people who have made rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the Civil Service can be rewarded an OBE.
People receiving an OBE may call themselves ‘Sir’ (male) or ‘Dame’ (female). If the person is not a citizen of a country where the Queen is Head of State, the award is called honorary, and the holder cannot use the title before their name. For example Terry Wogan became a British citizen and was therefore called Sir Terry Wogan, but Bob Geldof is still Irish, and is not “Sir Bob”. Tennisplayer Andy Murray and runner Mo Farrah are some of the latest people having received an OBE.
Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) has been Queen since 1952. She became Queen when her father, King George VI, died on 6 February 1952. Since 9 September 2015, Elizabeth II has ruled longer than any other king or queen in the history of the United Kingdom.
Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947. The couple have four children. Charles, Prince of Wales and successor to the throne. Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The princes and princess often use the name Mountbatten-Windsor. This is their official last name.