Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was born on April 21, 1926, and ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, following her father’s death. Throughout her reign, she has presided over some of the most significant changes in British society.
She has been married to Prince Philip since 1947, and they have four children together: Charles (born 1948), Anne (born 1950), Andrew (born 1960), and Edward (born 1964).
Introduction: The Woman behind the Throne
The Woman Behind the Throne: The Unknown Political Genius Who Shaped the Course of History is a book written by Catherine Hennessey and published in 2017. It is an exploration of the life and influence of Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper.
Katherine Graham was born in 1917 to a wealthy family with a long history of publishing. Her father, Eugene Meyer, bought The Washington Post in 1933 and appointed his daughter as a publisher on her 25th birthday. As she took up her new role as publisher, she faced many challenges including sexism and anti-Semitism which would have stopped many other women from succeeding. She had to deal with these challenges head-on to ensure that she was not just there for decoration but to actively change how women were perceived at work.
Early Life and Marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Princess Elizabeth was born at 17 Bruton Street, London, on 21 April 1926. Her father was Prince Albert (later King George VI), the son of King George V and Queen Mary. Her mother was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother).
She was baptized in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on 30 May 1926. A week later, she became heir presumptive to her father’s throne when her grandfather died and her father succeeded as King George VI.
In 1947, Princess Elizabeth became engaged to Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. They married in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.
Coronation as Queen and the Events That Followed
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was held on June 2, 1953. She was the first British Monarch to have been crowned in England since Charles II in 1661. The coronation ceremony was followed by a procession and a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
The event marked the first time that someone not born into the English aristocratic families had become Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland. This had an immense impact on Britain because it was the beginning of a new era for the country.
Successes and Failures of Her Reign as Queen, From the Economy to Political Issues
The economy was the one area of government policy where the Queen felt she had little influence. She did not attend Cabinet meetings on economic matters, and her speeches on the subject were written by civil servants.
Successes and failures of her reign as Queen, from the economy to political issues:
– The economy was the one area of government policy where the Queen felt she had little influence. She did not attend Cabinet meetings on economic matters, and her speeches on the subject were written by civil servants.
– Successes in this area were rare; a notable example is persuading European leaders to adopt a common currency in 1990.
– Failures included a serious recession in 1973–74 and Britain’s entry into the ERM (Exchange Rate Mechanism) without ensuring that it could
Conclusion and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has been an eventful one. She was born in 1926 and ascended to the throne in 1952 when she was 25 years old. Throughout her reign, she has faced many challenges and made many decisions that have had a lasting impact on Britain and the world.
She has been an inspiration for women around the world who aspire to be queens, princesses, or just have a career in politics. Her legacy will be remembered with admiration and respect for her contributions to the world.