Canada: “Victoria Day!”

Canada’s current Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Queen Victoria (right)!

In French, an equal language in Canada, the name for this holiday is: Fete de la Reine (Celebration of the Queen)! In all of Canada, this is a public holiday that is observed on the last Monday preceding May 25, annually. Initially in honour of Queen Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24), it is now a tribute to the first monarch of a confederated Canada as well as the official founding of Canada’s sovereignty. This holiday has occurred in Canada since at least 1845, which predates the creation of the confederation.

In addition to giving historical homage to the Queen who granted the Royal Assent (signature) to the British North America Act: the very first step in the inevitable evolution of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of which the current Queen Elizabeth II officially heads.

Posing for Canada!

For a majority of Canadians, Victoria Day serves as the unofficial commencement of the summer season – a long weekend to welcome the return of warmer weather!

Queen Victoria’s Enigma:

Oceanic skinny-dipper!

My spouse, Aaron, is Canadian by birth. His paternal ancestors migrated there through the underground railway before the U.S. Civil War ended the practice of slavery. At his determined insistence, I am offering this thought.

As a nude enthusiast – and advocate – one of the greatest ironies of Queen Victoria’s reign has always been: Did Her Majesty ever skinny-dip (swim naked)? Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837. Prior to inheriting the crown, everyone swam naked. Swim suits didn’t exist before they were commercially designed and produced in the 1850’s. The genders were segregated (if necessary) and people splashed about aquatically naturally (clothes free).

Stereotypically, H. M. Queen Victoria is always considered a very stoic and solemn prude. In reality, was the lady as she is often perceived?

Happy Victoria Day!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Friday, May 27, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Sunglasses: Sunglamour Glory!”

A Penny For My Thoughts: Judgments!

Bare thoughts: a penny apiece!

Introduction:

“When attending a clothes free social event and you meet someone you’re unfamiliar with, rather than assessing their “negative” aspects or habits, focus instead on their similarities to yourself. We’re both same gender loving. We both enjoy social nudity. We both enjoy basketball. We both despise cats as pets, etc. The similarities can build a casual acquaintance. The negatives can create a mortal enemy.”

March is now here and the season of Spring, 2022, begins in just a few weeks. Now is the perfect time to implement the suggestion offered in my January post. New Year’s Resolutions. Click the title to visit the post entry. The subtle moral message addressed here today is: “avoid being judgmental!”

Angelic joy!

“Personally, I consider the First Day of Spring every year as the beginning of my ‘nude year!’ It represents the renewal of the joy and pleasures of being natural in nature! An end to the confinement of winter!”

Bare practitioners and flowers bloom in the Springtime!

“Judgment” has somehow become a recurring theme recently – or, at least, it appears to me. I realize that the difference in humanity – political, economic, social, etc. – create mistrust and tension. Intentional or not, that happens throughout history. However, the intensity of these reactions has magnified. It seems that unless “passion” is attached, a difference in opinion or outlook is no longer possible.

Aaron, my spouse, needed to shop at a local bookseller while we were out shopping this past weekend. I accompanied him inside the business and browsed the current magazine offerings as he sought his merchandise. As I paged through a current popular edition, an article caught my attention. It featured pictures of a minor royal family member in amateur scenes completely clothes free.

Familiar with the decades-old images, I began glancing over the text. Heavy in harshness and judgment, the author decorated the content with the words (labels) of naked, nude, nudity, etc. An overuse of terminology that clearly implied indecency, immorality and quite a bit more while totally ignoring the fact that the photographs and the incident itself were years old and the royal subject himself years younger and inexperienced.

Dis this particular author forget to forgive?

The prince who forgot his clothes!

Realistically, the likelihood of this prince ever assuming a crown is almost nonexistent. He’s too far down the line of succession to get close to the throne. In actuality, he also has accomplished a number of positive and productive achievements since the notoriety that far outweigh the body exposure. He may no longer warrant the attention but likewise he no longer deserves the labelling.

The following morning, recalling the moment, I was discomforted by the fact that the words naked, nude, and nudity could be used with such frequency, harshness, judgment and negativity. Whatever became of the concept of the terms being synonymous with implying “a natural state?” Aren’t we all born naked?

The prince without clothes and in uniform!

The prince himself has progressed along the maturity level that far exceeds any made by the author. I wasn’t aware of any severe shortage of current news articles worthy of publication. The prince now is happily married and the father of two children himself.

The prince, his wife and son with the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu!

The fact that this prince’s grandmother, a reigning Queen, is now marking her 70th anniversary of ascending to the throne far surpasses the prince’s mistakes of almost two decades past. Her Majesty wears the crown and her milestone is worthy of honour. Let’s all celebrate royal longevity and forget the misplaced garments!

Congratulations Your Majesty!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, March 7, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “March Mayhem”

The Bare Prince

Most of us can recall the 2012 incident where Prince Harry was surreptitiously caught unawares and totally bare (naked, nude) in a hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The entire affair saturated the media for almost a week and earned the ginger royal and naked highness a stern, private rebuke from his grandmother, H. M. Queen Elizabeth II. It seems that nudity was not considered appropriate behavior for a person of his rank and stature as a scion of the Windsor Dynasty. However, no one lost their head in the matter and his grandmother is still queen.

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Armistice Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Throughout the world, tomorrow, the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11), is observed as Armistice Day. On this day in 1918, the armistice or cease-fire was signed and implemented at 11:00 a.m. The armistice ended the carnage and destruction of the Great War (World War I). In the United States, tomorrow is known as Veteran’s Day. In the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth, it is Remembrance Day.

In the USA, it is a time to acknowledge the veterans of all wars, both living and deceased.

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Diana, Princess of Wales

July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997

To be honest, I didn’t watch the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on the television nor was I a guest for the service in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I was too busy with my undergraduate pursuits at university to be bothered with such frivolity and had only a passing interest (if even that much) in the doings of the British Royal Family. They had no impact on my bare life nor my educational goals at that time.

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