Thursday, January 16, 2014

Message from the Queen

Saw this posted on Facebook today and had a little giggle:

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.) 

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. 

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect: 

1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary'). 

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as 'like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.' 

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. 

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse. 

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public. 

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour. 

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it. 

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar. 

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. 

American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion. 

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater. 

11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries. 

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad. 

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776). 

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season. God Save the Queen! 

PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)! 


  1. HA! Love it! (and I can say that, because I'm Canadian, not American, and I use the metric system, and I also include the letter "U" in words such as colour and humour, much to the confusion of my pals south of the border. ;) )

  2. Dear Queen Elizabeth II:

    FYI: Our second amendment rights are meant to protect ourselves as citizens from (another) oppressive government. These rights were never meant for hunting grouse or any other wild game.

    We don't need to drive on the lefthand side of the road or through roundabouts to better understand your sense of humor. Your mere mention of cuisine is hysterical….especially in a superlative way over ANY nation in the world.

    Ditto for beer….the only decent beer from your realm is Irish, you know, the people your government has oppressed for centuries.

    Number seven best illustrates how you and the rest of Europe resent American culture and exceptionalism. Don't try to drag us down to your level of misery…it's not very delightful.

    Andie MacDowell was playing an AMERICAN, an American from the Southern Unites States in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Although the accents do have their similarities, they are slightly different. But hey, no hard feelings about Vivien Leigh (a British actress) playing the world's most famous SOUTHERN BELLE in Gone With the Wind.

    Good luck with the baseball thing…..Nothing is more American than baseball, other than apple pie, hotdogs, and Mom!

    I do think that teatime is a wonderful thing…..I love tea, a tradition y'all stole from India and China.


    We revoke all help and aid we gave in helping the Allied forces win WWII and in rebuilding your realm after the war.

    You may forget all your standard English grammar rules as you'll now be speaking German.

    um, like, Viel Gl├╝ck!

    from a Patriotic,flag-waving, God-fearing, football loving (not that STUPID game called soccer), arms-bearing, isolationist Libertarian American ;P

  3. WOOHOOOOO! Big high five to Art @ Home! If this were true, I'd be moving to North Dakota!

  4. These are hilarious!! 5, 7, and 8 are by far my favorites though. Makes me miss living in England a little!

  5. Hahah! I love it! Number 4 and 13 especially!!

  6. I'm pretty stuck in my American ways so I can't say I want these changes, except baseball, I hate baseball!

  7. Ha, this amused me!

    And I also liked Art @ Home's response!

  8. I'm with Amber on being stuck in my ways but no lawyers???? what would a girl do?