The Great Histories of the Life and Reign of Elizabeth II

April 21, 1926: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born into the London home of the Duke and Duchess of York and future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. His sister Margaret was born in 1930.

December 11, 1936: Young Elizabeth became the heir to the throne when her father ascended the throne following the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII, who resigned his position to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

April 21, 1947: While on a trip to Cape Town (South Africa) with her family, Elizabeth, on her twenty-first birthday on a radio broadcast, committed her life to serving the people.

November 20, 1947: Elizabeth married her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece and Denmark. Prince Charles, heir to the throne, was born in 1948, followed by Anne in 1950, Andrew in 1960, and Edward in 1964.

February 6, 1952: When she was in Kenya with Philip, to replace her ailing father during an official tour of the Commonwealth, she was informed of the king’s death and became queen at just 25 years old.

June 2, 1953: After a period of mourning, she was crowned queen. The concert, at Westminster Abbey, is broadcast live on radio and television.

1977: The Queen celebrated her silver jubilee (25 years on the throne), watched by 500 million television viewers. The Sex Pistols partly spoil the party with the song “God Save the Queen,” in which they call the monarchy “the fascist regime.”

1981: Charles’s wedding to Diana Spencer. The feud between the spouses, which soon becomes clear, is a severe blow to the monarchy.

December 25, 1992: The Queen cites “Annus horribilis” in a Christmas address, which marked the separation of Charles and Andrew, as well as Anne’s divorce and a fire at Windsor Castle.

Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, four years after their separation, and heir to the throne married Camilla Parker Bowles, his longtime lover, in a private ceremony in 2005.

August 31, 1997: Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris. The cold reaction of the king, which contrasts with the popular upheaval, generates criticism.

2002: The death of her sister Margaret, on 9 February, shortly before the death of her mother, the “Queen Mother”, on 30 March, at the age of 101.

April 29, 2011: Two billion viewers watched her grandson William, second in line, marry Kate Middleton, a fictional union at Westminster Abbey.

May 2011: Elizabeth II makes a historic reconciliation visit to the Republic of Ireland, the first by a British monarch since independence in 1922. In a speech in Irish words, she expresses her “deep sympathy” with the victims of their turbulent shared history.

June 2012: Four days of grand celebrations in London for the King’s Diamond Jubilee (60 years of reign).

July 22, 2013: The birth of Prince George, the first child of William and Kate, the Queen’s grandson, who already has three generations of direct heirs to the throne. The couple had Charlotte in 2015 and Louis in 2018.

September 9, 2015: Elizabeth II becomes the longest-lived British monarch in history, surpassing her great-grandmother Victoria.

May 19, 2018: Her grandson Harry married black American actress Meghan Markle, who is considered a symbol of the modernization of the British monarchy.

Jan 31, 2020: After four years of an eventful political process, the United Kingdom has left the European Union and achieved a Brexit that is dividing its population.

March 31, 2020: Harry and Meghan leave the monarchy and move to the United States, where they are publicly critical of the royal family, with accusations of racism against an unidentified person.

April 9, 2021: Her husband Prince Philip dies at the age of 99, leaving a “big void” in the king’s life.

February 6, 2022: Elizabeth II becomes the first British queen to reach 70 years of rule, which will be celebrated with a four-day “Platinum Jubilee” in June.

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