Queen Elizabeth: A Timeline of Her Life and Legacy
Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, has been reigning since 1952, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. During her time on the throne, she has been both an influential and controversial figure throughout the world. Here’s a timeline of her life and legacy so far.
The future Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21st, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London. Born into the British Royal Family, she was a descendant of King George III's daughter Princess Sophia. It has been speculated that her christening gown made from fabric with a lace trim given to Princess Charlotte by Victoria is what she wore for her christening. She had one sister, Margaret Rose (born 1930), and three brothers, Prince Charles (born 1948), Prince Andrew (born 1960), and Prince Edward (born 1964).
Elizabeth I was born on September 7, 1533. She is the daughter of King Henry VIII, a monarch who married six times, annulling four wives, and beheading two others. At the age of three months old, she became Queen of England when her father died. Henry VIII had never formally elevated his only legitimate daughter to succeed him in writing; however, he had always assumed that she would rule after him based on an oral promise he had made to King James VI of Scotland -Henry's nephew- before they were both crowned at age six weeks old.
While she enjoyed some sense of health during her later years, Queen Elizabeth became increasingly uninterested in attending public engagements. She withdrew from many public occasions, and an estimated 100 million people watched her last Christmas broadcast from the Palace. After this, she closed the Royal Palaces to tourists for security reasons in 2001. By 2003, she had begun cutting back on public events again with a focus on those that brought benefits to charities supported by the Queen. On 4th November 2016, Queen Elizabeth II appeared publicly at St Paul's Cathedral for a service marking twenty-six years since her grandson Prince William's birth. This was said to be the monarch's 250th appearance at the cathedral in 25 decades.
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England died today
The world is mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at age 96. Majesty was a beloved leader and role model for millions around the world, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty's family, friends, and subjects.
Queen Elizabeth II has held the throne of the United Kingdom since 1952 when she was just 25 years old and had been on the throne as queen since her father’s death in 1936. Her age and reign have earned her the nickname Queen Elizabeth the Great or Queen Elizabeth the Second, and in 2015 she became the longest-reigning monarch in British history.