After more than 70 years on the throne, Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday 8 September 2022. The longest reigning British sovereign, her personal history is undeniably linked to that of her people with whom she will maintain an almost indissoluble bond for seven decades. .
The British people today mourn their beloved ruler. Queen Elizabeth II, 96, really is died this Thursday, April 8, 2022. The official announcement was made in a press release published on social networks. “Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully in her sleep in Balmoral. The king and queen’s consort will be staying at Balmoral tonight, returning to London tomorrow. “With a reign of over 70 years, the mother of Prince Charles, who is expected to succeed him on the throne soon, is the English sovereign who will have worn the longest crown in the history of the country.
Born in April 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is the eldest daughter of King George V and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (also parents of Princess Margaret born 4 years later). She is also the granddaughter of Edward of Wales, who will become King Edward VIII and will abdicate in 1936 in order to marry a divorced American, Wallis Simpson. A real scandal for the time that will make the young Elizabeth pass from the status of princess to that of heir to the throne of England.
It was at the age of 13 that she met her future husband, Phillip, then 18. Philip gave up the title of Prince of Greece and Denmark to become a British citizen. Having become Duke of Edinburgh, he married his fiancée in November 1947. From this union four children were born: Prince Charles (1948), Princess Anne (1950), Prince Andrew (1960) and Prince Edward (1964).
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Ascension to the throne of Elizabeth II
It was during a visit to Kenya with her husband on February 6, 1952, that Elizabeth learned of her father’s death and his accession to the throne of England and the kingdoms of the Commonwealth. However, it took more than a year before she was officially crowned on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey. A ceremony followed by the whole world and broadcast on television, a first at the request of the queen.
During her reign, Elizabeth distinguished herself for her numerous trips to the various countries of the Commonwealth, but also with foreign friends. Some of her travels have even been described as historic, such as her visit to the Republic of Ireland in May 2011 (the first visit by an English monarch since the country’s independence in 1921). You are one of the most traveled monarchs in her life. In 70 years of reign she has also dealt with many Prime Ministers (15 in total) from Winston Churchill (who distinguished himself during the Second World War) to Teresa May (who had to manage Brexit), passing through Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, Tony Blair, John Major, Boris Johnson or even recently Liz Truss.
The future Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret in 1933
The dramas and scandals in the life of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II’s life also had its share of tragedies such as the loss of many of her relatives (her father died when he was only 56, her sister and then her mother in 2002), rumors about her potential divorce with the prince. Philip, but also the scandals related to the divorces of three of his children: Prince Andrew with Sarah Ferguson, Anne with Mark Philipps and Prince Charles with Lady Diana. She also qualified the year 1992, the year of the separation of the eldest daughter from the mother of her two children, of “annus horribilis”. Elizabeth II herself caused a scandal when Diana died in 1997 staying in her home in Balmoral while the English people mourned the “princess of hearts”. To placate her spirits, she was forced to give a live speech on television explaining that she had stayed there to take care of her two grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Much loved by the English people, but also appreciated by the rest of the world, Elizabeth II knew how to put herself at the service of her country, both during the war, when she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the female equivalent of the English Army, during World War II. Then, through charitable actions, she sponsored more than 600 organizations during her reign.
The order of succession to the throne indicates that it is the queen’s son, Prince Charles, who in turn will become king, unless he abdicates in favor of his eldest son William. Furthermore, in a press release published on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of her reign, the queen confided that she wanted: “Honestly, in due time, Camilla (the second wife of Prince Charles, ed) be known as queen consort “. Last June Elizabeth II celebrated her platinum jubilee surrounded by her loved ones.
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