Queen Elizabeth II’s longest reign as monarch ended with her death on Thursday, September 8, 2022. The queen ruled for 70 years, from 1952–2022. She died at the age of 96 at her Scottish estate. Queen Elizabeth II’s reign was the longest and oldest monarchy in British history.
King Charles III, son of the queen, announced the death of his mother, saying:
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926. Her grandfather, King George V, held the throne at that time. Elizabeth shares a very lovely and affectionate bond with her grandfather. She used to call him “Grandpa England”. Elizabeth has only one sibling, Princess Margret, four years younger than her.
Both the sisters got their education from their mother and governess, Marion Crawford. The queen had also received private tuition in constitutional history. As a child, she was jovial but very sensible and knew how to behave.
In the year 1947, the Queen married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. The marriage took place at Westminster Abbey. Prince Charles, the first child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, was born on November 14, 1948.
Significant Events During Queen Elizabeth II Reign
Queen Elizabeth took accession to the throne in 1952, after the death of her father. The first three months of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign were a period full of mourning. But after that, she carried out the duties of the sovereign. The crowning ceremony of the queen took place at Westminster Abbey in the year 1953. Here, the coronation was broadcast live, and it became the major television event of the year.
Here are some of the significant events during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign:
- In the year 1965, the queen made her first state visit to Germany. This was the first official visit made by a British royal since 1913.
- During a mining disaster in Wales in 1966, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip themselves visited the place.
- In 1977, Elizabeth celebrated the Silver Jubilee of her throne. The queen spoke on the occasion. “Although that vow was made in my salad days when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.”
- In July 1981, Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana Spencer. 750 million people across 74 countries across the globe turned to watch the wedding.
- In the year 1986, Elizabeth visited China, becoming the first British monarch ever to visit the country.
- The year 2002 marked the golden jubilee of her reign.
- The year 2007 marked her reign as the longest-living British monarch.
- In the year 2012, the queen celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of her throne. “To give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with a clear head and warm heart,” The queen thanked on the occasion.
- In February 2022, celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee began.
A Beloved Monarch
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign will always be remembered, and she is a loved monarch. She stayed a strong figure throughout her rule. Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is the longest and, without a doubt, the one that will never be forgotten. Queen of England Elizabeth II’s reign ended, but the way she served the people during her reign is commendable.
She also made appointments of many officials and always gave all political matters prime importance, remaining impartial in all matters. She had regular meetings with the prime ministers. During her reign, she did many tours around the world and visited every region of the United Kingdom. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the queen sent a video to the British nation via a broadcast.
“The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually, your parents leave you and nobody is going out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe, and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some asses.”