Facts About Queen Elizabeth ll
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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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