February 6, 2017

20,000 Vinyl LPs 77: The Second Queen Elizabeth ~ 65th anniversary Sapphire Jubilee

photos by Styrous®

Today, after a lifetime of service to country and crown, Elizabeth II will commemorate her 65th anniversary as Queen of England. She will become the only British monarch ever to celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee.  

The Second Queen Elizabeth
Vinyl LP
cover photo by Yousuf Karsh
cover design by Eric Henry A. Teran 
photo of LP cover by Styrous®

Image: Queen Elizabeth II in 2009
 Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace 
after addressing Parliament on Nov. 18, 2009
photo by Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images 

The course of Elizabeth's life was forever changed in 1936 when King Edward VIII, her uncle, abdicated to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced U.S. commoner. His brother Albert became king, adopting for the name George VI.

And Princess Elizabeth, who had spent the first 10 years of her life never expecting to become queen, suddenly found herself first in line to the throne.

The Second Queen Elizabeth
Vinyl LP
cover photo by Yousuf Karsh
detail photo of LP cover by Styrous®

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.   

Elizabeth was born in London as the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.    

The Second Queen Elizabeth
narrated by David Niven
Vinyl LP back cover
David Niven photo by Yousuf Karsh
photo of LP cover by Styrous®

This Vinyl LP album is spoken word with music accompaniment chronicling the life of the Queen. It is narrated by David Niven with music composed and conducted by Bernard Green, who also composed music for films and TV.  

The Second Queen Elizabeth
Vinyl LP, side 1 photo by Styrous®

My favorite piece of music on the album is All Through the Night, (Ar Hyd y Nos), a beautiful and gentle, 1784 Welsh lullaby, that accompanies the speech by Princess Elizabeth to children all over the world (link to YouTube below).    

The Second Queen Elizabeth
Vinyl LP label, side 1 photo by Styrous®

When First I saw Your Face is used for the courtship of Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth. It is an old English love song.  

The Second Queen Elizabeth
Vinyl LP, side 2 photo by Styrous®

Brave Old Oak, a robust song if there ever was one, is used as background music for Winston Churchill, very fitting.   

The Second Queen Elizabeth
Vinyl LP label, side 2 photo by Styrous®

David Niven ‎– The Second Elizabeth
Label: Abbey ‎– L.P. No 4
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: USA
Released: 1952
Genre: Non-Music, Stage & Screen
Style: Political, Spoken Word, Score


A     The Second Elizabeth - Part 1    
B     The Second Elizabeth - Part 2    

Companies, etc.

    Record Company – Quality Records Limited


    Composed By, Conductor – Bernard Green
    Cover – Eric Henry A. Teran
    Directed By – Bob Cotton (2)
    Edited By, Engineer – Stephen F. Temmer
    Executive-Producer – Don Reid (5)
    Narrator – David Niven
    Producer – Don Reid (5), Peter Doraine
    Voice – Queen Elizabeth II
    Written-By – James Paul Terzian


Made in Canada / Printed in U.S.A.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Label A-Side): LPG-1025
    Matrix / Runout (Label B-Side): LPG-1026


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