Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Sixty years...that's a heck of a long time to do a job, you know. Though I suppose you have to take into account the fact that the retirement rights are awful.
May every blessing be upon her Majesty, anyway.
Now, where can we see a crown? Well, if you're in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway or the Czech Republic, your currency is still based on the local word for crown.
A crown can also be the place where the root of a plant meets the stem, or it can be the visible bit of a tooth.
A crown sits on the top of a monarch, of course:
and also on the top of hills, heads, arches, roads and trees.
Here's another crown:
That one is on a crowned crane.
A crown can be a watch-winding knob, a bit of an anchor, and a size of paper.
You can crown a king, or a queen, or a draught (we use draughts in England to play the game that's called checkers in America); and if someone's being annoying you may well want to crown him, too, though probably not with a golden circlet but with a baseball bat.
But you mustn't.
A crown cap is a bottle top of the sort still used for beer, a crown green is a place where you play crown green bowls, and a crown-of-thorns can be a bush or a starfish.
About half of you will possess some crown jewels, too.
But keep those to yourselves, do.
Spot the frippet: crown. This word comes from the Old French corone, from the Latin corōna wreath or crown, from the Greek korōnē, which means either a crown or something curved.