Queen Elizabeth II: Remembering Lilibet (1926 – 2022)

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Queen Elizabeth II, or as she is officially known: “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith” has passed away.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, passed away peacefully at Balmoral on 08 September 2022. at the age of 96.

Her father would have been exceedingly proud. She has honoured him greatly, first as a beloved daughter and secondly as a beloved Queen of the British monarchy.

Born on 21 April 1926 in London, Elizabeth became queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI (1895–1952). Known for her efforts to modernise the institution of the monarchy – and for her love of corgis – Elizabeth reached her Platinum Jubilee status in February 2022, marking 70 years (25,569 days) on the throne. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II itself however was celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth.

She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her life.

  • The Queen was 95 years old on her Platinum Jubilee.
  • Elizabeth II overtook her great-great-grandmother as the longest-reigning monarch in British history at the age of 63 years and 7 months. This milestone occurred on 9 September 2015.
  • Elizabeth would have become the longest-reigning monarch of any sovereign state in verifiable history on 27 May 2024. The Queen would have taken that record from the Sun King, Louis XIV of France. The medieval monarch, who turned a modest hunting lodge into the magnificent Palace of Versailles and transformed France into a global power, Louis ruled for 72 years and 110 days.
  • Princess Elizabeth was born to Prince Albert, Duke of York (Eventually taking on the name George VI during his accession) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on 21 April 1926 at exactly 02:40 AM.
  • She was not born in a royal palace, but instead at her maternal grandparent’s townhouse at 17 Burton street in Mayfair.
  • Queen Elizabeth’s full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, named after her mother, her grandmother and her great grandmother.
  • At birth, she was never expected to rule. She was third in the line of succession.
  • That changed in 1936 when Edward (by then reigning as Edward VIII) abdicated in favour of marrying divorcee Wallis Simpson. His decision thrust the Duke of York to the throne and made Elizabeth heir presumptive.
  • Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Phillip at age 8.
  • Elizabeth was 10 years old when she learned of her uncle’s abdication. “On 10 December 1936, 10-year-old Elizabeth was about to write up her notes from her swimming lesson when she heard chants of ‘God Save the King’ outside,” writes Kate Williams. “She asked a footman what had happened and he told her that her uncle had abdicated and her father was king.”
  • At the age of 14, Elizabeth delivered her first radio broadcast during the BBC’s Children’s Hour. She addressed children who had been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere in the world during world war two.
  • Elizabeth was only 18 when she insisted to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during the Second World War.
  • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh (1921–2021) were married for 73 years.
  • Elizabeth had only one sibling, Princess Margaret Rose Windsor (1930 – 2002).
  • She gave birth to four children. Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.
  • Her four children gave her eight grandchildren. Peter, Zara, William, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise and James.
  • They ensured that she had twelve great-grandchildren.

“I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”

Queen Elizabeth II
  • Elizabeth was 25 years old when she assumed the throne after King George VI’s death in 1952. Prince Phillip broke the news to her.
  • 8251 guests were invited to the coronation at Westminister Abbey on 2 June 1953. While approximately 27 million people in the UK watched the almost three-hour-long ceremony on television.

Queen Elizabeth has lived through major life events and has seen it all.

  • 15 British prime misters have been through 10 Downing Street during Elizabeth II’s reign. Each had to meet with the Queen on a weekly basis at Buckingham palace.
  • The 15 prime ministers are Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and the most recent Liz Truss.
  • The Queen has also reigned while there have been 14 US presidents that occupied the Oval Office of the United States of America. She met with all of them except for president Lyndon B Johnson. Queen Elizabeth never sent an invitation to President Johnson to visit Great Britain. And, President Johnson never sent an invitation to the Queen to visit the United States.
  • There have been seven roman catholic popes during the Queen’s reign: Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

The Queen celebrated not one, but two birthdays each year. Her actual birthday was in April and her official birthday was in June. The dual birthday is not unique to Elizabeth. The tradition began in 1748 with George II, whose real birthday was in November, a decidedly unreliable month in terms of fair weather for public celebrations. Likewise, Edward VII, who was also born in November, had an official birthday in the summer.

Queen Elizabeth II joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945, where she trained to be a mechanic. She was the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member

6 Royal Residences of Queen Elizabeth.

Buckingham Palace. Windsor Castle. Balmoral Castle. Sandringham House. Holyrood Palace. Hillsborough Castle.

The Queen in pictures throughout the years.

Queen Elizabeth got the nickname “Lilibet” when she was young and couldn’t pronounce her name. She was known as her father’s pride, and her sister was her father’s joy. Prince Phillip was also known to call her his Cabbage.

She studied constitutional history and law and was taught by Britain’s best in order to prepare her for her future role. She was also taking lessons in religion from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II was celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her reign has spanned virtually the entire post-World War II era, making her a witness to cultural upheavals from the Beatles to Brexit, technological advances from wireless radio to Zoom, and political leaders from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson.

From the sepia-tinted pictures of her coronation in 1953 to her emotional televised address to a nation in the grip of the pandemic in 2020, the queen has been an abiding presence in British life for as long as most Britons have been alive.

Perhaps no living person has met so many famous people, a gallery of heroes and villains ranging from Nelson Mandela to Vladimir V. Putin. But it is her countless meetings with ordinary people that have left perhaps the most lasting imprint on the longest-serving British monarch in history.

Elizabeth also had a funny side to her that wasn’t always seen. Sometimes funny haha, and sometimes… a bit grim. But she never had any issues making fun of herself to ease tensions.

Chefs and staffers of the Queen have come out over the years to share details about Queen Elizabeth’s eating habits, and the foods she prefers on her plate just might surprise you. Here’s what Queen Elizabeth typically eats in a day.

70 Years And Counting: The Queen’s Legacy | Queen Elizabeth: Majestic Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyukAXKsHtg

Curious about the full British Monarchs Family Tree? Watch the below video from Usefulcharts that explains the full family tree from Alfred the Great to Queen Elizabeth II

Or if you want a Brief History of the Royal Family, check out the below!

What Did The Queen Really Think of Diana?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJoxEDqGFK0

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