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Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II: A Royal Heritage

Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21st April 1926. Since her accession to the throne in 1952, when she became Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, she has been a devoted ruler, steadfastly carrying out her commonwealth duties with diligence and grace.

Family history

Elizabeth was born in London to the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I, and was the elder of two daughters, the younger being Princess Margaret. Her father became king when his brother King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936. It was from this time that Elizabeth became the prospective heir to the throne. Visit Passion digital for more detailed information about the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II Image/CNN Video Screen Shot

Queen Elizabeth II
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Royal marriage

Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1934, and their engagement was officially announced in 1947. Before the marriage, Prince Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles and adopted the title Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, taking the surname of his mother’s British family. Just prior to the wedding, he was given the title of The Duke of Edinburgh. They were married at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947, and although Philip was not of British descent, the people accepted him as Elizabeth’s husband.

Royal children

The first of their four children, Prince Charles, was born 14th November 1948. Their second child, Princess Anne was born in 1950. One month before Charles was born, the king issued a letter which allowed the children to use the titles “His and Her Royal Highness”, which otherwise would not have been allowed as their father was no longer a royal prince. Their third child, Prince Andrew was born in 1959 and the last child, Prince Edward in 1963.

Accession to the throne

In 1951, her father King George VI began to suffer deteriorating health, and at that time Elizabeth began to undertake his royal duties. In early 1952, while Elizabeth and Philip were touring Kenya, they received news of King George’s death. Elizabeth and Philip returned home immediately and began to reside at Buckingham Palace. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953 and was televised for the first time.

Commonwealth duties

As the new head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip embarked on a seven-month round the world tour, during which they visited 13 countries.

During the 60’s and 70’s decolonisation saw 20 countries receive their independence, as part of a planned transition to self-government.

Silver Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977. Celebrations were held throughout the commonwealth and this was an affirmation of her growing popularity.

Golden Jubilee

Her Golden Jubilee came in 2002, and Queen Elizabeth again completed a tour of her commonwealth realm, which began in Jamaica in February. There were street parties all over England, as in 1977, and again her popularity was very evident throughout her kingdom.

An inspiring leader

Queen Elizabeth II has tirelessly carried out her duties at a steady pace since she ascended the throne. Her popularity has never wavered, and she has always remained calm and dignified in her position as ruler of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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  3. Linda Bess says:

    Thanks for the article. One note: The Queen is a “Her Majesty”, NOT a “Her Royal Highness”.

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