Introduction: Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving monarch in British history. She has been married to Prince Philip for over 70 years and has four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Here are ten things you may not know about Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen’s childhood
As the world’s oldest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has led an extraordinary life. Here are ten things you may not have known about her early years.
Born in 1926, Elizabeth was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was named after her mother, while her younger sister Margaret was named after her paternal grandmother, Queen Mary.
Elizabeth’s childhood was largely shaped by World War II. As a young princess, she and Margaret were evacuated from London to Windsor Castle to escape the Blitz. During the war years, Elizabeth also made regular radio broadcasts to the children of Britain, known as “the little Princesses”.
In 1947, Elizabeth married Prince Philip Mountbatten, a Greek prince who had renounced his royal title when he became a naturalized British citizen.
The Queen’s wedding
Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. The wedding was a global event, with millions of people tuning in to radio broadcasts to hear the ceremony. The couple’s reception was held at Buckingham Palace, where they posed for photographs on the balcony before being serenaded by the crowds below.
The wedding was a lavish affair, with Elizabeth wearing a dress made of ivory silk and satin adorned with 10,000 seed pearls. her train measured nine feet long. The bride also wore a diamond tiara, which had belonged to her grandmother, Queen Mary.
The couple’s wedding cake was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. It was decorated with flowers and had seven tiers.
After the wedding, the couple went on a honeymoon to Broadlands, Hampshire.
The Queen’s children
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Eugenie of York, and Princess Beatrice of York are the children of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. All three siblings were born during the queen’s reign.
Prince Andrew is the eldest child of the queen and he was born on February 19, 1960. He is currently eighth in line to the throne. He married Sarah Ferguson in 1986 and they have two daughters together, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. The couple divorced in 1996.
Princess Eugenie is the younger daughter of the queen and she was born on March 23, 1990. She is currently ninth in line to the throne. She married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
Princess Beatrice is the elder daughter of the queen and she was born on August 8, 1988.
The Queen’s coronation
When Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, she became the first and only British monarch to date to have been born in the 20th century. Elizabeth’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey. The event was broadcast live on television for the first time, reaching an estimated 27 million viewers in the United Kingdom and around the world.
The ceremony itself lasted just over three hours and consisted of several parts. First, Elizabeth took an oath pledging to uphold the law and govern her people according to their wishes. Next, she was anointed with oil by the Archbishop of Canterbury and presented with symbols of her office: a sword, a rod of ivory and gold, and a copy of the Bible. Finally, she was crowned with St. Edward’s Crown, which had been used at every coronation since 1066.
The Queen’s work
As the Queen of England, Elizabeth II has many responsibilities. One of her most important roles is to represent the country at official and diplomatic events. She also works to promote British interests and values around the world.
In addition to her public duties, the Queen is also involved in a number of charitable organizations. She is a patron of over 600 charities and has worked to raise awareness and funds for many good causes.
The Queen is also an avid horse lover and has been involved in horse racing for many years. She owns several racehorses and even bred her own champion racehorse, Estimate.
Elizabeth II has led an extraordinary life and continues to work hard every day on behalf of her country and its people.
Five things you didn’t know about the Queen.
In conclusion, here are five things you may not have known about Queen Elizabeth II:
1. Elizabeth was never supposed to be queen – she was third in line to the throne behind her uncle Edward and her father Bertie.
2. Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 was the first ever to be televised.
3. In 2015, Elizabeth became the longest-reigning British monarch, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Victoria.
4. Since 1952, Elizabeth has given over 6,000 speeches.
5. Elizabeth is the only monarch to have celebrated a diamond jubilee (60 years on the throne).