OUR QUEEN REMEMBERED
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
The famous speech was made by Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday while on tour in South Africa. It was an extraordinary declaration from such a young woman but a vow from which she never wavered.
Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth of York was never destined to be a queen, however fate intervened when her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated and her father ascended the throne as George VI.
After her father’s death in 1952, Elizabeth became Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
HM Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, 7 months and 3 days, making her the longest serving monarch in British history and the last Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth that will be seen for at least three generations.
A Life of Duty & Service
COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS
Queen Elizabeth was the Head of the Commonwealth which was comprised of 56 nations upon her death.
Although many were former colonies of the British Empire, it is important to realise many of the current countries were never part of the British Empire.
From. the early days of her reign, the Queen knew the importance of dressing for the occasion.
She was a master at diplomacy and it was reflected in the carefully chosen outfits she wore as well as her jewellery.
As the longest reigning monarch in British history, the Queen celebrated many milestones during her reign but none were more celebrated than her jubilee years.
As well as Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, she is the only British monarch to have ever celebrated a Platinum Jubilee.
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