Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the immortal emperor of the United Kingdom who ruled for more than seven decades, died. She was 96. The death was announced by her (Elizabeth II) family. 

After her death, her grandson said, ” she was widely admired and respected. Her grace and nobility will embrace us even after her death.” Her reign started in the year 1952 and lasted until 2022. It makes her the longest-serving monarch and the longest recorded of any female head of state in history. 

Do you know? Her rule began in February 1952, right after her father’s death, King George VI. Elizabeth was a constant and reassuring figure in Britain and on the world stage as she helped lead her country. So, let’s peep into her life to learn more about her. 

Why the name- “Queen Elizabeth II”? 

In the year 1952, when King George VI died, Elizabeth was given the Crown of the Queen. In the monarch system, you can change your royal name at the time of holding power.

But Elizabeth chose to recall by her royal name, that is Elizabeth. So, Queen Elizabeth II. Before Elizabeth, in the 16th century, there was a queen with the same name Elizabeth. Thus, she got the ‘II’ after her name. 

A Brief Introduction of The QUEEN!

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London, England, on April 21, 1926. At that time, her grandfather King George V was King of the UK. However, In 1936, King George V died, and the uncle of Elizabeth, King Edward VIII, was in the line to the throne. But King Edward wants to marry the American lady, Wallis Warfield Simpson, who was a divorcee. Thus, he stepped down, and the Crown was given to the father of Elizabeth. 

Elizabeth lived her young life as a simple girl without knowledge of politics and her family status. Who knows? This young girl will rule the country in her future phase. She was educated by private home tutors and also learned to ride a horse. She enjoyed learning horse riding. Elizabeth was known by her nickname “Lilibet”. 

Crowning of Young ‘Lilibet’

In 1952, King George VI died and there came the situation when everyone, including the public and the press, was hoping for Elizabeth to lead the country. On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London. 

Young Queen Elizabeth II
Young Queen Elizabeth II

Her marriage to Prince Philip 

It is said that Prince Philip Of Greece and Denmark met Elizabeth when she was eight years old. At the age of 13, she revealed her love for Prince Philip. Being famous personalities, both exchanged letters secretly so that press did not create trouble for them.

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Husband Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Her Husband Prince Philip

They got engaged in July 1947. They married in November of the same year in Westminster, Abby. Do you know? That time, millions of people got stuck to the radio to hear the news of the couple’s wedding ceremony. The couple had their first child one year after their marriage, Prince Charles. They had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward. 

Family Members of Elizabeth 

Her own family had many members. But in this blog, we will tell you about them briefly. Her father was King of the UK, and her ancestor, King George VI. Her mother was known by the nickname The Queen Mother

The grandfather of Elizabeth, King George V, was also a very famous personality and would remain in the history of Britain. Queen Mary was the grandmother of Elizabeth and the wife of King George V. Princess Margaret was Elizabeth’s only sister. 

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

People wants to know about Queen Mother. Who was she? What role did she played in the life of Elizabeth II? She was the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, her sister Princess Margaret, and the wife of King George VI.

People usually know her as Queen Mother, but her original name is Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon. She was a popular member of the British Monarchy. She left this world when she was 101 years old.

The Political Life of the Queen Elizabeth II

In the system of the monarch, having political views is not supported. They have to remain neutral against any political matters. Also, they have their tradition or conventions for each and everything. Like, they do not vote or stand for election, but they play an essential role in maintaining formal relations with UK’s government. 

However, the Queen has an agreement with all the conventions. Elizabeth had her political views and the political culture of her class and upbringing. Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister with whom she liked working most. She worked with a total of 15 prime ministers. International affairs are followed by the Queen closely. 

Action Taken by Elizabeth II

Regarding the work front, Elizabeth travelled to 117 countries, including all 56 commonwealth states. It is said that she was the only leader who travelled almost the world. She also had 112 state visits and other diplomatic visits too. 

Queen Elizabeth II at Her 90's
Queen Elizabeth II in Her 90’s

In 1994, Queen Elizabeth II visited Russia, which claimed a great success for British foreign policy. Another significant visit took place in 1995, right after the launching of the democratic government of South Africa. According to biographer Robert Hardman, quoting former captain of the Royal Yacht Britannia, Sir Robert Woodard, “The Foreign Secretary was worried [about the visit], and the Queen cancelled it. She said, “Mr Mandela received advice from many people, but no one offered help. He needs physical help, and he needs a gig.”

Queen Elizabeth’s Age 

Queen was born on April 21, 1926. She died last week at 96 years old. 

Queen Elizabeth Health 

She followed a proper routine and took a healthy diet. To remain healthy, the Queen walked with her dogs. She also rode horses. That’s why she was so fit until the last few years. This year she got Corona positive. However, she recovered from it. She also suffered back pain and had knee surgery in the 2000s.  

Queen Elizabeth II with Her Corgi
Queen Elizabeth II with Her Corgi

Queen Elizabeth Death 

She died on September 8 2022. At that time, she was 96 years old. There is no specific disclosure about the reason for the death of Queen Elizabeth II. But, according to the medical experts, she died due to “geriatric syndrome”. However, the royal family announced that she died a natural death at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.       

Social Media

Queen Elizabeth II is an active user of social media platforms. Her social handles are mentioned below:

  • Twitter.com: @RoyalFamily
  • Instagram: @theroyalfamily

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Overview

She was focused on her duties and responsibilities toward her nation. She loved her work throughout her life. She was kind and had a great sense of humor. She was also health conscious.  

Queen Elizabeth II-FAQs

What essential decisions does the Queen make?

There are several responsibilities that the Queen takes, and includes:
Opening each session of Parliament.
Granting Royal Assent to legislation.
Approving orders and proclamations through the Privy Council.

How many corgis does Queen Elizabeth have?

Fans of Queen Elizabeth know very well that she loved dogs. At the time of her death, she had at least four dogs. Two of them are corgis and a cocker spaniel and a dachshund-corgi mix Dorgi. 

Does Queen Elizabeth I have no child?

She had no children; thus, no one is the direct heir to her throne and maintains the legacy.

How many sisters did Queen Elizabeth have?

Princess Margaret was her only sister. 

What is the age of Queen Elizabeth?

She was 96 years old.

Where does Queen Elizabeth II eat?

The Queen eats simple cooked meat and vegetables. However, she likes to have chocolate and strawberries or peaches for desserts.

How old was Elizabeth II when her father died?

The Queen was only 25 years when her father died in 1952, and she got the Crown of Queen.

To whom was Queen Elizabeth II married?

The Queen married Prince Philip. They both love each other and thus marry each other with their will. They together have four children.

What surname does The Queen have? 

Elizabeth Alexander Marry Windsor is the full name of the Queen. However, she married Philip Mountbatten, and thus, her surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.