Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest Serving Monarch, dies at 96

From February 6, 1952, to September 8, 2022, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, better known as Queen Elizabeth II, reigned as the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In addition, she served as Queen of her several realms and domains, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Faith. On April 21, 1926, she was born in London, England, and passed away at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Early Life

Elizabeth was the elder child of Prince Albert, duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Queen Elizabeth had little chance of inheriting the throne because she was the daughter of King George V’s younger son until her uncle Edward VIII, who would later become the duke of Windsor, abdicated on December 11, 1936, leaving her father King George VI and her as the presumptive heirs. Her mother, who entrusted Marion Crawford to look after her daughters while she was away, was in charge of the princess’s education. The princess subsequently trained extensively in music and foreign languages from visiting professors, as well as a foundation in history from C.H.K. Marten, who later became the provost of Eton College.

Beginning in 1947, Princess Elizabeth travelled to South Africa with the king and queen. Following her return, information about her engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten of the Royal Navy, a distant cousin of Denmark and Prince Philip of Greece, became public. The wedding, which was a grand affair, got organized in place in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.

As King George VI’s health began to deteriorate in the summer of 1951, Princess Elizabeth represented him at the Trooping of the Colours and other official functions. After spending Christmas in England, she and the Duke embarked on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in January 1952. However, on February 6, 1952, while travelling in Sagana, Kenya, news of the King’s death reached her. They then arrived at their destination. Queen Elizabeth immediately returned to England. She became the future monarch of England.

 Personal Life

The “Platinum Year” is a 4-day national holiday celebrated in June 2022 to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years as monarch. It included Trooping the Colour, a thanksgiving service at St. Paul, a pop concert at Buckingham Palace, and a performance using troubadour, theatre, music, circus, carnival, and costume to celebrate the Queen’s reign. Elizabeth’s involvement was hampered by health problems. Queen Elizabeth also broke with convention in September choosing to appoint Liz Truss as prime minister at Balmoral rather than at Buckingham Palace, where she had previously officially chosen more than a dozen prime ministers, due to health issues.

World leaders from the entire world gave their eulogy for the Queen as the entire nation goes on 10 days of mourning period. We wish the best for her family and the future monarch Prince Charles.

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