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Facts About Queen Elizabeth ll

Updated on February 8, 2015

Queen Elizabeth the second has reigned for 60 years. She is the second longest-serving monarch Queen Victoria being the longest. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002. This year 2012 is her Diamond Jubilee being celebrated on Tuesday 5th June.

Queen Elizabeth ll as a child
Queen Elizabeth ll as a child
Queen Elizabeth ll as a young girl
Queen Elizabeth ll as a young girl

Early years

  • She was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on 21st April 1926 in Mayfair London to the Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She was third in line for the throne when she was born.
  • She was nine years old when her grandfather George the V died and her uncle Edward Vlll became king. Her father was George VI who became king in 1936 when his brother Edward Vlll abdicated. She was educated privately at home and had one sister princess Margaret born 21st August 1930.
  • With the outbreak of world war ll Elizabeth and her sister lived at Windsor castle away from London. While here aged just 14 she made a broadcast over the radio reassuring children who had been evacuated away from their family’s and friends.
  • In 1945 aged 18 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial service to help the war effort. She trained with other British women to be a driver and mechanic.

Queen Elizabeth ll getting married
Queen Elizabeth ll getting married
Queen Elizabeth ll with her children
Queen Elizabeth ll with her children

Marriage and Children

  • She first met Philip Mountbatten who was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece when she was aged 13. They were distant cousins who kept in touch and eventually fell in love.
  • They married in 1947 at Westminster Abbey when he became Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • They went on to have four children Prince Charles born on 14th November 1948 and Princess Anne born on 15th August 1950.
  • She then had a gap before Prince Andrew was born on 19th February 1960 and Prince Edward on 10th March 1964.
  • She also has eight grandchildren.William and Harry, Peter and Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie, Louise and James.

Queen Elizabeth ll at her coronation
Queen Elizabeth ll at her coronation
Buckingham palace
Buckingham palace
Jubilee street party
Jubilee street party
Queen Elizabeth ll on a walk about
Queen Elizabeth ll on a walk about
Queen Elizabeth ll in later years
Queen Elizabeth ll in later years

Becoming Queen

  • On the 6th February 1959 while staying in Kenya she learnt of her father's death. She was named Queen and quickly returned to the United Kingdom where they moved into Buckingham palace. The coronation was on the 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey, and it was the first time it had been televised.
  • In 1977, she celebrated her Silver Jubilee with lots of party's and events taking place. Many people were given the day off work to celebrate.
  • 2002 saw the Golden Jubilee although it was a sad year for her as her sister died in February and her mother in March.
  • She has carried out many tours in her lifetime and visited Australia in October 2011, but this was thought to be her last tour due to her age.
  • The Diamond Jubilee is being celebrated over an extra long weekend from the 2nd - 5th June. Many events will be taking place around the country with everyone being encouraged to participate.
  • The Queen will start things off by attending the Epsom Derby on Saturday followed by street party's up and down the country on the Sunday. There will also be a Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames made up of a 1000 boats from the UK,the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be on the Royal Barge which will be the centrepiece.
  • On the Monday, there will be a televised concert broadcast from Buckingham Palace with many musicians from Britain and the Commonwealth. There will also be a network of Beacons across the country with National Beacon being lit by the Queen.
  • The Diamond Jubilee will finish on the Tuesday with a service at St Pauls Cathedral a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and then a balcony appearance and flypast.
  • Queen Elizabeth ll has worked tirelessly throughout her reign and even now at 86yrs she still carries out her duties without complaint.
  • Her next large event after the Diamond Jubilee will be opening the 2012 Olympics on the 27th July.
  • The official Diamond Jubilee song and video has now been released. Written and produced by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Prince Harry has a very small part so watch closely.

The official Diamond Jubilee song

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      It's a very interesting history of Queen Elizabeth II. The photos are really nice and wonderful. Great hub.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Thank you Gail.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome christin53.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have lived during the second Elizabethan era. Her Majesty The Queen to me means perfection and stability. Long may She reign.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Her Majesty has just declared officially the start of the 2014 Commonwealth games. To the uproarious cheering from the spectators in the stadiam, Her Majesty's entry in an imaculate car was an ecstatic occasion. She is Head of the Commonwealth and also the Queen of all of these competing nations.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      His Royal Highness Charles the Prince of Wales accompanied by Her Royal Highness Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall were in Scotland for the closing of the 2014 Commonwealth games and to attend an official commemoration service the following day.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      One of Her Majesty's minor titles is 'Duchess of Normandy' due to The Queen's direct lineage from William the conquorer. This is quite significant as this gives The Queen no official powers as such but serves to reinforce our heritage.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      A little known fact of H.M. The Queen's involvement with the Women's Institute. Her Majesty has full membership of the branch nearest the Royal estate in Sandringham. As the reigning Monarch Queen Elizabeth II has maintained close links with the W.I. since Her Majesty's Golden jubilee. Long may she reign.

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      Ann-Christin 2 years ago from UK

      Thank you very much Limpet for all your interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth ll.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      H.R.H. Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge has had to forgo her Royal appointments due to her expecting her second. As the last one was a boy namely Prince George, how nice if we could anticipate a girl

      this time. Without a doubt Her Majesty The Queen will be delighted.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Her most gracious Majesty Elizabeth II has just become the longest reigning Monarch in history. Well done! MA'AM.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      aesome hub about her majesty, she is a great powerful woman

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      The Queen's Christmas speech is the high point of the day. This year Her Majesty showed such confidence and articulate eloquence in delivering to us, we viewing audience valid points concerning current events. The problem for the media networks over the holidays was the repitition of only three un newsworthy items over and over again ad nauseum. The B.B.C. made complete fools of themselves in stating 'And today's top story is the Queen's speech!' an hour before it was even screened.

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      Kiana 2 years ago

      With all these silly wetsbies, such a great page keeps my internet hope alive.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      'ELIZABETH REIGNS'

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 23 months ago from London England

      Her Majesty turns a graceful 90 next year and if the Queen's popularity is as great as her Jubilee there will be a lot of public enthusiasm. Pity that B.B.C. Television in their lack of tact are presenting a hypathetical documentary on a supposed Royal funeral. Bad taste at best, breech of protocol at worst.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 21 months ago from London England

      Congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen on the recent achievement of sixty three years on the throne of England. God save the Queen.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      Speculation is rife that Her Majesty the Queen may wish to relinquish her role as Head of the British Commonwealth of Nations. At this stage a successor is in the realm of the great unknown. On a more positive note, preparations for the celebrations of the Queen's 90th birthday are well under way. Elizabeth Reigns.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 18 months ago from London England

      Preparations have already commenced for the celebrations of Her Majesty's 90 th in the coming year. Think i may send the Lady a greeting card closer to the actual date.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 4 months ago from London England

      I did send a card to the Queen which must have been among a myriad of letters arriving at the Palace.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 months ago from London England

      Her most gracious Majesty, our Queen has celebrated her 91st birthday. Happy birthday Ma'am.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 months ago from London England

      ELIZABETH REIGNS.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 7 weeks ago from London England

      ELIZABETH REIGNS.

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