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Dropping the Anchor

 by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the Royal Family found happiness living in a progressive British Republican State? Please note that the opinions expressed in this satirical post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

September 23rd 1955,

Please click to Digg our site.on the second night of Independent Television (ITV), twenty-nine year old Lizzie Windsor became the first female reader on prime-time television news.

Immaculately groomed, radiant, impeccably mild mannered and devoid of the merest hint of a regional accent, she defined a posh generational model for presenters and correspondents of British terrestrial news channels.

But as modern Britain began to celebrate diversity, the "English Rose" model was increasingly recognised as an anachronism, and by the time the platinum blonde Maggie Thatcher retired from News at Ten change was inevitable. Her replacement Robert Mugabe, was a graduate of University College London who had first begun broadcasting in Southern Rhodesia. And in a further development step, the happy-go-lucky former Blue Peter presenter Diana Spencer moved newsreading to breakfast television.

By the time Mugabe was honoured for his services to journalism, the wheels had begun to fall off Windsor's own aspirational life style. Two of her sons separated, her daughter divorced, and a severe fire had destroyed part of her palatial residence in Essex. She famously described 1992 as her annus horribilis, meaning horrible year although she later recovered some private joy as the owner of Norwich Football Club.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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