A Day In The Life Of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen Public Domain
The Queen Public Domain

Queen Elizabeth was born on the 21st of April, 1926 in Mayfair London, England. Her full name is actually Elizabeth Alexander Mary. At that time, the idea of Elizabeth being Queen was something her parents would never have dreamed of.

But little did they know that circumstances would change the whole dynamics of the Royal Family, and Elizabeth would go on to be Queen of England, also known as Queen Elizabeth II.

At the time of her birth she stood 3rd in line to the Throne, after Edward the Prince of Wales, also known as Edward VIII, and of course her father The Duke of York. Her early years were spent between Richmond park, which was named The White Lodge, and various other country houses owned by her Royal relatives.

In 1930 her sister, Margaret Rose was born, and when Elizabeth turned 6, they moved to The Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
King George VI Elizabeth II 's father
King George VI Elizabeth II 's father

In 1936 Elizabeth’s life took an unexpected turn when her grandfather King George V passed away, and his son became King. Edward VIII (above) decided within a year that he didn't want to Rule, and, to the shock of the whole Country, Edward gave up the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.

This made way for Elizabeth’s father, George VI, to become King.

In 1947 When Elizabeth was 21 years old, she married Philip Mountbatten, who was the great - great grandson of Queen Victoria, and son of Prince Andrew of Greece.

The early years of their marriage was taken up by Royal tours, mainly to Malta, Canada France and Greece, until one day in February, 1952 while the royal couple were on holiday in Kenya, Elizabeth received news that her father, the King had died. Elizabeth was now Queen. The coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 in Westminster Abbey. Since that time they have gone on to have four children. Andrew, Edward Anne and Charles.

They have been married now for over 64 years. This year The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate their Diamond Jubilee.


Prince Philip The Queens husband
Prince Philip The Queens husband
King George VI the Queens Father Looks Very Much Like His Great Grandson William.
King George VI the Queens Father Looks Very Much Like His Great Grandson William.

Did You Know?

Since Queen Elizabeth II has been on the Throne:

Widespread use of Television

Man has walked on the moon

The Space Shuttle

Downfall of Communism

The Berlin Wall was built then knocked down

The invention of the household Computer

The internet

Personal cell/mobile phones

And many more.

Princess Diana Public Domain
Princess Diana Public Domain

The remarkable thing about Queen Elizabeth’s reign, from the young age of 25, is that she is the first Monarch to experience the amazing amount of change throughout her Reign.

No other King or Queen in history has actually come anywhere near to achieving the things that she has.

For example, she has seen so much more of the World than any other Monarch. With the invention of the Airplane, Television and of course the Internet, the Queen has been seen, and heard by Millions of people around the World.

It’s amazing to think that the Monarchy has managed to change and adapt to modern life. Considering how the Royal family over the centuries have always kept to a strict regime of work, with an aloofness towards the general public.

Who would think that the Royal Grandchildren, William and Harry especially, would go overseas on Royal visits, only to join in playing cricket with the locals, hug the children, and laugh along with the dignitaries of many countries? In the old days, the Royal visitor would keep to themselves, only mixing with the Heads of State and other Royals.


Princess Diana

The change came with the death of Princess Diana. At that time the Queen stayed away from the public, and insisted that as it should be a dignified affair. She didn’t understand the outpouring of public grief. It took Tony Blair, the Prime Minister at that time, to make her aware of the fact that her actions were endangering the Monarchy.

People in Britain were turning against her. And in a very big way. There was one incident that really put it in perspective. The public demanded that the Royal Standard, the Flag that flew over Buckingham Palace should be at half mast in respect of Diana. Prince Philip and the Queen Mother were appalled. They stated that it should only be at half mast if one of the major Royals had died. The Queen had a decision to make. Do what the public wanted and come down to London, and do the flag, or else loose her people. She came down.

Ever since then, the Monarchy have changed. They are much more open to the public, and are now back in favour.

The Queen meeting the public.
The Queen meeting the public.
The Queen continues to work at her desk everyday. Public Domain
The Queen continues to work at her desk everyday. Public Domain

A day in the life of the Queen

The public only get to see Her Majesty when she is out and about on public engagements. But its behind the scenes at home where most of her work is done. She rises early and sits down at her desk. She begins by reading the National Newspapers to see what is happening around the World and at home.

This is followed by opening letters. The Queen receives over 300 letters a day, and many of them she opens and reads herself. The rest she passes to her staff.

Over the next hour she will sit with her Private Secretaries and go over the official papers and documents. These letters consist of Commonwealth information, Cabinet documents and letters of State.

All of the letters and documents are sent to her in the famous Red Boxes, that only the Queen can sign or approve.

This is then followed by a few hours of audiences with important people such as Bishops, and people from the Armed Forces. She will also meet people who have won awards such as Scientists and Sportsmen.

If there is to be a ceremony for the presentation of honors and decorations, this will take place at eleven o clock, and last an hour. The Queen will meet up to one hundred people, chatting and presenting the awards.

This is followed by a well earned lunch.


With over 430 engagements a year, the Queen has a busy time fitting everybody in. The Queen will prepare herself for each visit by briefing herself with every detail. From who she has to meet, their names, and what the visit entails.

The Queen selects each and everyone of her engagements from the thousands of invitations she receives each year. She has to learn speeches, understand exactly what the meeting is about, who is in charge, and what they do. Along with opening buildings, and unveiling statues and plaques, she also visits schools, hospitals, local schemes and Commonwealth organisations.

She will visit far off locations by helicopter or the Royal Train. If she has to stay overnight, she will sleep in the Train overnight.

She will end the afternoon in a meeting with government ministers of the Privy Council.


The Queen meets the British Prime Minister Public Domain
The Queen meets the British Prime Minister Public Domain

Queens Diamond Jubilee Collectables


The Queen will meet with the Prime Minister once a week at 6.30 pm on a Wednesday. This is to discuss various matters of State, and other personal matters. Nobody is ever allowed to know what is discussed. This has always been kept between the Monarch and the Prime Minister.

Every evening at 7.30 the Queen will read a report of the day’s Parliamentary proceedings.

Other evenings are taken up with Concerts, film premiers or receptions in aid of charity. And then of course there are the Official Royal Receptions that she hosts at Buckingham Palace for various causes.

If she is going abroad for overseas visits, she will hold a reception for the visiting dignitaries of that Country beforehand.

If she has any spare time, she will visit her employees and tenant farmers, as she takes a great deal of interest in them and the land. She is also interested in horses, and breeds them too. Along with her family, and other commitments, you would think that Her Majesty would be tired at the end of the day, and glad to relax. But no.

Its been said that many a night, when everybody else has gone to bed, the light can be seen from her room. The Queen is still working. She is finishing off the paper work from her Red Box of official papers.

Elizabeth II has proved herself as the most hard working Monarch, and as she grows older there is no sign of her stopping. She made a vow when she took the crown at her Coronation which stated:

The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.

For full reference of the Queens Coronation Vow:

The Queens Coronation Vow In Full

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Lantokey 8 months ago from Olde London Towne

Bless her.

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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

Hi Lantokey, that's wonderful, yes I love the Queen, and at 90 years old she is amazing. thanks so much for reading, nell

Lantokey 8 months ago from Olde London Towne

Have just signed a Happy Birthday card which will be posted to the Queen before the official day from the management , staff and customers of a Beaconsfield outlet of a Kent based grocery. Having seen both Windsor events celebrating Her Majesty's 90th, the thing i'm struck by is it seems to be the pride in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that she maintains.

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Nell Rose 16 months ago from England Author

Thanks Limpet, yes she is amazing isn't she? thanks as always, nell

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limpet 16 months ago from London England

Yet another mile stone in the lengthy reign of our Queen. On the ninth day of the ninth month 2015, Elizabeth the second become our longest serving monarch. Makes me proud to be a monarchist.

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Nell Rose 18 months ago from England Author

Hi limpet, yes I remember it well! and hasn't the time gone quickly now too?

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limpet 19 months ago from London England

During the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012 on the occasion of the riverine pageant on the Thames set a new world record for the number of water craft participating with a flotilla of more than a thousand and over 600 making the complete progress to Tower bridge. Source: London & Surrey Times 15th July 2015.

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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England Author

Hiya limpet she certainly has! thanks limpet great to see you, nell

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limpet 20 months ago from London England

It is a very special day for the Queen. She has been our Sovereign Lady for sixty two glorious years. Congratulations and 'well done' Your Majesty.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi limpet, lol! yes to be honest I had forgotten that it was the Queens birthday today, 21st! well over here it is now, lol! thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Mel, yes she is definitely still going fine! and evidently she still rides her horse too! amazing! thanks so much for reading, nell

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limpet 21 months ago from London England

AND, it's a happy birthday to Her Majesty on the occasion of her birthday and many more happy returns for the day. Congratulations to Her Majesty, the trainer and jockey, as the Queen's horse 'Ring of Truth' ran second at Newbury racecourse. Her Majesty was more than delighted.

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Mel Carriere 21 months ago from San Diego California

She's been there forever. I think she will outlive her son and then one of Diana's boys can be King. She certainly is hard working. Great hub!

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Martie, she visited South Africa more recently too, March 95 with Mandela, yes she is much more friendlier now, I met her a few years ago, and I met Diana too, on another occasion, she was awesome! lol! thanks Martie, nell

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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Nell, I find the history of the England's monarchy extremely interesting. Did Queen Elizabeth not celebrate her 21st birthday in South Africa during a royal visit with her parents and sister? Mmm, why do I think this was the case? I am so glad she is more human since Lady Di's passing.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi mary, lol! I am sure she does wear them at night! and probably lots of layers in the daytime too! thanks as always mary, and I hope you have a wonderful day, nell

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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

One has to admire a women like your Queen. I had read about how hard she works. I love the way she is dressed when out and about. I wonder if she puts on her warm flannel PJs to keep warm at night??

Great and interesting article. Voted UP, shared.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Barbara, I must admit I was totally blown away by the amount she does too. I just totally updated this as it was originally for the Diamond Jubilee, and I learned more myself! thanks for reading, nell

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Barbara Kay 21 months ago from USA

I didn't know the queen was such a busy person. Taking her age into consideration, it is amazing that she can still do so much!

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi limpet, well there you go, I never knew that! lol! I did know that the first lizzy used to travel by river a lot, like most people back then, but not the rest, thanks limpet, I learned something new!

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