The Queen of Britain has died. Now is the time to look back at the 96 years of Elizabeth II’s life to see what she achieved or experienced during her 71-year reign.
Instagram of Fatima Karimkhan:Born in 1926, Elizabeth II is the daughter of King George V’s second son and was not expected to take the throne until her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 and married divorced Wallis Simpson.
After the death of Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, who ascended the throne after her brother Edward abdicated, the 25-year-old Elizabeth was summoned to the throne, beginning the longest reign in history. British property.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away today at the age of 96. In April 2021, she lost her husband Prince Philip, who was 99 years old at the time. In February 2022, the Queen contracted the coronavirus, which she later said had left her “extremely tired and exhausted”.
During her 71-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II witnessed and created many historical moments that we will review together:
1. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – June 2, 1953 was the first televised coronation.
Elizabeth’s coronation at Westminster Abbey was broadcast live on television. About 27 million people out of a total population of 36 million watched the event on television, and another 11 million followed suit on the radio. Nearly three million people lined up to cheer Queen Elizabeth on her way back to Buckingham Palace after her coronation.
2 – The first official visit of a British official to West Germany in 1965
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit West Germany on May 27, 1965 during a display of British troops at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
In the mid-1960s, marked by significant social and political change, the Queen went on a ten-day visit to West Germany, the first official visit by a British official to West Germany. The meeting coincided with the 20th anniversary of the end of World War II and became a symbol of reconciliation between the two countries and a acknowledgment of Germany’s re-emergence as a power on the European and global stage.
3. The Queen’s presence at the 1966 Wales mining disaster
On October 21, 1966, a torrent of dirt, water and coal mine tailings buried a primary school in Avron, South Wales, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Prince Philip arrived in Aberfan the day after the disaster. The Queen postponed her visit to the village for more than a week, fearing that her presence would hamper efforts to rescue and locate the captives. Some close to Queen Elizabeth – including Lord Charteris, her former private secretary – have said she deeply regrets her decision to participate in Aberfan.
4. The Queen’s visit to Australia in 1970
During her tour of Australia in May 1970, Queen Elizabeth II visited Sydney City Hall with Sydney Mayor Emmett McDermott.
During the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970, Elizabeth broke royal tradition and walked through the crowd rather than wave to people from a sheltered distance. About 40 million people watched his encounter with Sydney residents on television.
5. Silver Celebration 1977
On June 7, 1977, Elizabeth officially entered the twenty-fifth year of her reign. Wearing a bright pink dress and a hat emblazoned with 25 shades of fabric, the Queen repeated her vow to dedicate her life to serving Britain: “Although this vow was made in my youth, I will never forget it. I am sorry. In this way, I offer and will not undo this The Promise.
6- Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding in 1981
On July 29, 1981, about 750 million people in 74 countries around the world watched the marriage of Elizabeth’s eldest son, Prince Charles, to Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral. The romantic relationship between the heir to the British throne and the young Shi Di attracted media attention, and their lavish wedding was considered the “wedding of the century”. Although the public admired Diana, her marriage to Charles (and her relationship with the royal family) was turbulent from the start.
7. China visit 1986
In late 1984, the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher agreed to return the sovereignty of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997. In 1986, Elizabeth became the first British Queen to visit mainland China, visiting the Clay Warriors and the Great Wall of the Forbidden City.
For the press, the diplomatic significance of the Queen’s visit to China has been overshadowed by her husband’s distinctive (and sometimes racist) gaffes: Philip called Peking “appalling” and told a group of British students they could have eye problems if they stayed in China. . It’s too long
8. The year 1992 was a terrible year for Queen Anas Horabilis
Charles and Diana’s marriage deteriorated year after year until we announced the decision to separate in 1992. Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, and his wife Sarah Ferguson separated that same year, and later that year, a fire broke out at Windsor Castle, destroying more than 100 rooms in the palace. In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her reign, Queen Elizabeth called the word “Annus Horibilis,” which means “terrible year” in Latin.
9. Princess Diana passed away in 1997
In 1997, Princess Diana died in a car accident, and public criticism of the royal family intensified after Charles and Diana’s divorce in 1996, especially when Diana died in a car accident in Paris the following summer. The Queen initially stayed at her home in Balmoral in Scotland and refused to fly the flag over Buckingham Palace, choosing not to make a statement, but she soon adjusted her position on the flag at the request of her advisors. She returned to London to greet the crowds of mourners and gave a televised address to the people to mourn the loss of the “People’s Princess”.
10- Golden Jubilee 2002
In 2002, the Queen celebrated her fiftieth anniversary as Britain’s Queen. Of course, those days weren’t good for the Queen, as her younger sister, Princess Margaret, and their mother both died within weeks of each other. Elizabeth is the first British queen since Queen Victoria to record 50 years of reign. In 2002, he traveled more than 40,000 miles that year, visited the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and visited 70 different cities and 50 counties in the UK.
Compared to the turbulent decade of the 1990s, the beginning of the second half of Queen Elizabeth’s reign coincided with better relations between the British people and their royal family: in 2005, the majority of the British public supported Charles’ marriage of his longtime love. . . Camila.
11. Visit the Republic of Ireland – 2011
In May 2011, Elizabeth and Philip visited the Republic of Ireland at the invitation of President Mary McAleese. Although the Queen visited Northern Ireland several times during her reign, this is her first visit to the Republic of Ireland and the first by a British queen in over 100 years. Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland was widely hailed as the beginning of a new era of friendship, during which she expressed her “profound sympathy” with the victims of the turbulent Anglo-Irish past.
12. Prince George’s Birthday 2013
In July 2013, the Queen welcomed her new grandson, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who married in 2011 and is third in line to the British throne. George hopes to become king one day. For the first time since the reign of Victoria, three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive.
13. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding – 2018
Perhaps no event during Elizabeth’s reign was more indicative of the modernization of the British monarchy than Prince Harry’s divorce from American actress Meghan Markle. Although the Queen quickly agreed to the marriage, relations between the couple and the British media – as well as the rest of the royal family – soured after their marriage. In 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they will step down as members of the royal family. They later moved to Megan’s hometown in Southern California with their son Archie, born in 2019.
14. The death of Prince Philip – 2021
On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, Elizabeth’s 73-year-old husband, died at the age of 99. The love story of Queen Elizabeth and Philip in Britain’s life before World War II began when 18-year-old Prince Philip met Princess Elizabeth herself during a family visit to the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, where Philip was studying, she met her cousin. On November 14, 1947, the couple married at Westminster Abbey, and soon thereafter King George VI made Philip Duke of Edinburgh. For more than half a century, Prince Philip has supported his wife in her royal duties and made ambitious commitments. Philip’s funeral was held on April 17, 2021. Due to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 guests were invited to participate in this ceremony. Images of the Queen sitting alone in the Church of St. George appeared as a symbol of loneliness and sadness in the era of Corona.
15. Platinum Festival 2022
In February 2022, England began a series of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. On June 2, a military parade was held to honor the 96-year-old queen, which included 1,400 soldiers in teddy bears, 240 horses, an RAF air table, and an 82 salute. If all that wasn’t enough, Elizabeth’s favorite dog breed, Corgis, was shown in a part of London, along with over 30 short-legged terriers.
The Queen attended the ceremony from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, accompanied by four generations of heirs: her eldest son Prince Charles, Charles’ eldest son Prince William. And he watched Prince George, the eldest son of William.
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