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A Day In The Life Of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Updated on February 24, 2016
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.

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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.

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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.

Afternoon

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.

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

Evening

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


Copyright Nell Rose


© 2012 Nell Rose

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    • limpet profile image

      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      45 hours ago from London England

      In Australia they have a public holiday on or near to the Queen's birthday. Many Aussies though are unaware of her natural birthday.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 days ago from England

      I think she is amazing!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson. 

      3 days ago

      AND She has another birthday coming soon !

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      Nell Rose 

      4 days ago from England

      Yes I saw that Ian. Wasn't it a lovely garden for her kids? I liked seeing them. Always good to see you here.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 days ago from London England

      Her Majesty appeared to be delighted, at the Chelsea flower show yesterday.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 weeks ago from England

      LOL! bet that was a first for her! still waiting on Meghans baby, I bet its a girl!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 weeks ago from London England

      Trying to recollect how many times i've actually been at a commemoration or public event where the Queen has been present. Vividly recall the 1996 opening of Parliament. I happened to be in the M.O.D. library at Whitehall and i saw through the window, troops assembling outside. When the Queen and Prince Phillip passed in an open carriage, the Queen looked up to see me seated with my feet on the window sill. I was on my feet and 'stand fast' in a flash, before they were out of sight.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 weeks ago from England

      Oh yes I had forgotten that one! lol!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 weeks ago from London England

      Not to mention the Doll's house.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 weeks ago from England

      Hi Ian, well there you go! probably was her Maj! lol! how lovely to be in Windsor this Easter, not been over there for a while now. I remember going to Windsor castle so many times as a kid and just walking in, not paying then. no security etc. and that lovely little garden in the middle where we used to walk. we can't walk there now, its private.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 weeks ago from London England

      I was in Windsor for the 2019 Easter break. Did not see 'Her Maj' on her birthday, however whilst trudging the 'long walk' i was overtaken by a black range rover (not joking) and police escort. As the long walk is not open to vehicular traffic, i wonder who was the Royal driving?

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      She was amazing Ian! the expressions and accent were spot on! not sure if Olivia will be as good. Its on Netflix if you have it?

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 months ago from London England

      No, Nell ! I didn't see 'The crown' however the publicity stills were incredible likenesses.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      She certainly was a mechanic wasn't she? I don't know if you saw The Crown, but claire foy was amazing!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 months ago from London England

      There was a Lady with an apparent likeness to the Queen who made a living impersonating Her Majesty at events. For some 40 years however she would not perform any act to discredit the Royal Family. Don't think Helen Mirren fulfilled the role no matter how good an actress she is. There was a line in the film where the queen whilst driving a landrover on the Balmoral estate. The vehicle broke down and Helen Mirren told an Aide "I was a mechanic in the Army, you know !

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      I prefer the other girl she was amazing Ian! just like her. Can't remember her name though.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Good to know Ian :)

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 months ago from London England

      And yet another actress comes along to portray H.M the Queen. This time it is Olivia Coleman who rendered a 'Cockney' style voice. After a few elocution lessons Ms Coleman 'got it right' ! Don't think Her Majesty views the 'look a likes' though.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 months ago from London England

      I checked the news today and the entire Royal Family (or the femminine component) were actively involved in International Women concerns.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Good thought Ian it will be interesting to see on the news etc. Always good to hear from you.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 months ago from London England

      Today, on International Women's day, just out of curiosity the Queen's personal views on the topic. Given, Her Majesty has membership of the Women's Institute it must have crossed the Queen's mind. As Head of State, our Sovereign Lady already has status, executive powers as well as numerous aquired skills. Doubtful there will be a press release but 'just wondering'?

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      LOL! I did wonder! thanks Ian.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 months ago from London England

      ERROR. should be Ascension to the throne. Must speak, read and write the Queen's English.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      That is amazing isn't it Ian? love the Queen!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 months ago from London England

      Today marks 67th anniversary of Her Majesty's accension to the throne.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 months ago from London England

      BLESS HER.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Yes I l always watch it, have a wonderful Christmas Ian!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      5 months ago from London England

      On 25th of this month at 3.00 p.m. G.M.T. on several television channels, a not to be missed tradition. Promises to be quite interesting viewing this year.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 months ago from England

      That is so wrong Ian! Its like museums, most are free but there are a few that charge too. With the amount of people going ever day of the year, you would think that money would be okay.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      7 months ago from London England

      Just on the subject of abbeys and cathedrals as well. Westminster Abbey charge an admission for entry. If attending a service the charge is waived in lieu of a donation. Reported in this morning's press, Salisbury Cathedral charge tourists a whopping fee whilst it's sister church St Mary's in Church Street Stoke Newington is entirely free entry. Both buildings are identical in architecture.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 months ago from England

      I didn't realise that you been there? I would love to go to Westminster Abbey.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      7 months ago from London England

      Westminster Abbey has a designated chair for Her Majesty the Queen as well as seats reserved for Commonwealth High Commissioners / Governor - Generals. They are located on the top row above the choir stalls. I've personally sat in the Australian representative's dedicated seat during many an Evensong but would not dare sit down where the Queen does.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 months ago from England

      I saw that! lol! I think it was a bit weird, but I suppose she may like it? lol!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      7 months ago from London England

      A new stained glass window has been installed and named in honour of Her Majesty as 'the Elizabeth window'. Though not depicting imagery of the Queen, the whole art work reminds me of psychedelia from the swinging 60's which was the pinacle of her reign. Her Majesty was even known to wear a mini from time to time.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      And she always does it smiling! lol!

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      Limpet. 

      8 months ago

      Just imagine how much time Her Majesty has posed for photographers and painters of official portraits. Oh well ! All in line of Royal duties, i suppose.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      Hiya, no I didn't know that! how interesting?

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      Limpet. 

      8 months ago

      I've just noticed that whenever a new commemorative coin is minted, Her Majesty's profile of the head is always updated to produce a current likeness. Some of our coinage reflect this as well.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      I never knew that Ian, how interesting.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      8 months ago from London England

      Which reminds me. The first level of the Barbican in the City of London has circular chrome plaques set in the paving commemorating the 1977 Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. Yet another milestone in her glorious reign.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      Amazing Limpet, I remember in 1977 the royal anniversary, I was 16 and got very very drunk! LOL!

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      Limpet 

      8 months ago

      Quite right. The topic is A day in the life of.... so i'll reserve comments in keeping with the thread. There are other hub pages dedicated to the Queen (some in recess) which i'd like to see active. Back to the point though; i'm sitting in a London library on their computer. At this library's entrance is a marble tablet commemorating the Silver wedding anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Phillip. Dated 23rd November 1972. What a milestone !

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      No comment on that one Limpet, LOL! oh go on then.....I don't really care about those ones. they are priveledged and nobodies.

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      Limpet. 

      8 months ago

      Buckingham Palace has announced the forthcoming marriage of H.R.H. Princess Eugenie (9th in succession to the throne) to be celebrated later this month.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      Thanks Gadfly :)

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      10 months ago from London England

      GLORIANA.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Wow! she is amazing isn't she?

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      12 months ago from London England

      I've just learned the platinum jubilee of the Coronation is the next milestone in the reign of Her Majesty the Queen.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      LOL! near enough Ian!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      12 months ago from London England

      Didn't attend the event due to crowd phobia however i went to an isolated village pub not far away. At least i'll remember where i was on the day.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      You went? I was going to go, but nobody to go with. shame! lol!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      12 months ago from London England

      I am in the Windsor vicinity for a right Royal weekend.

      Her Majesty was delighted ! With the wedding rehearsal that is,

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      LOL! paula you always make me laugh! You go girl!

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      Paula 

      12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yo, Nell, girlfriend....so interesting to know what your Queen has done and seen and learn of so much history! For the record honey, I crowned MYSELF, "Queen," around here! I had no choice. It was either make all these men around me realize I'm the Boss Lady or get trampled upon at every turn. I don't wear my crown much and my throne isn't made of gold....but my loyal subjects son't dare piss me off! Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

      I do insist they bow when I enter a room, but lately I notice that they're really just bent over with laughter. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

      Thanks for the education. You write good stuff, girl!! Peace, Queen Effer.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Thanks Ian, yes she is one busy lady!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      12 months ago from London England

      Never a dull day in the life of our Queen.

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      Nell Rose 

      17 months ago from England

      Thanks Ian! :)

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      17 months ago from London England

      Many of us are aware of the Queen's current reign which has surpassed that of Queen Victoria. 'All up', in almost 1000 years of English history, 188 of those have seen women on the throne as Queen's Regnant (in their own right).

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      Nell Rose 

      22 months ago from England

      I didn't know that Lantokey, that's great! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      23 months ago from England

      Hiya Ian, really? bless! yes its great that good manners are still there, not much of it these days! thanks as always!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      23 months ago from London England

      Recently at Royal Ascot when the Queen was being driven along the racing track a boy stepped forward and bowed to her as she passed. Pleasing to see good manners alive and well. I'd wager Her Majesty was delighted.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Thanks Limpet! i will see what's going on and thanks again!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      I made comment on all the Royalty hub sites on the Queen's recent (actual)celebration of her birthday but had a time calling up 'A day in the life of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II'. To the best of my recollection there wasn't too much publicity but at least we have the (official) birthday in a few weeks time. I may send the Queen a card again this year.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Hi Lantokey, you are just up the road from me then! lol! well about 10 miles away. Sounds like a lovely day for a walk too. That is a shame yes when you put it like that its something I hadn't thought of. Maybe it only gets classified after she has died? I think that may be it. Thanks for the comment and I hope you enjoyed your walk.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Hi limpet yes I am sure you are right. Trouble is most people want William to take over after her but Charles is next in line. It definitely wouldn't hurt Wills to get off his backside and do some work! LOL!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      At ninety one and still going strong. I'll wager the Queen will rule for some considerable years to come.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Thanks Limpet, I will go take a look.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      OH! Not forgetting a limited edition commemorative coin has been minted for the Sapphire Jubilee which is valued at (the moment) £5 as is the postage stamp.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      The blue stamp to commemorate Her Majesty's sapphire jubilee is valued at £5 and may well worth obtaining as a souvenir.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Hi Limpet, Wow, she is so amazing isn't she? I will have to look out for the stamp, thanks limpet!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      Her most Gracious Majesty Elizabeth II has just achieved yet another milestone in her reign as Queen with 65 years on the throne as our monarch. Congratulations to Her Majesty on her Sapphire Jubilee.

      Palace officials reported the Queen to be in good spirits on the day itself and Royal Mail have issued a blue postage stamp to mark the event.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

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

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

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

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 years 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 

      3 years ago from England

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

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 years 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 

      3 years ago from England

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

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 years 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 

      4 years ago from England

      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 

      4 years ago from England

      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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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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 

      4 years ago from England

      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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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years 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 

      4 years ago from England

      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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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years 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 

      4 years ago from England

      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 Badder 

      4 years 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 

      4 years ago from England

      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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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      Her most gracious Majesty, our Queen has since her diamond jubilee requested that the Royal barge 'Gloriana' continue to be used with a purpose of promoting the Thames as an extrordinay point of interest both historicly and also for recreation. Where the vessel is currently moored happens to be a very picturesque stretch of the river. Just in the name 'Gloriana' which was the focal point of the river pageant during the jubilee year conjures up a reminder of the first Queen Elizabeth who utilised water transport between her palaces. The current Royal barge incidently has been used on the river by an all female crew.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi limpet, yes I saw that damage, what is wrong with people? seems that they get jealous of good art! great to see you!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      merrie we meet

      I've been looking at a print of the portrait of Her Majesty which was commissioned for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. Some eleven by nine feet in dimensions the painting portrays the Queen on the very spot as Her Majesty's coronation at Westminster Abbey. Now a more matronly but still with regal bearing in a solitary stance amongst the solemnity of the vastness of the historic precinct. Not every official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen reaches the desired perfection however this particular one meets the standard of excellence. The Diamond Jubilee portrait was defaced in an act of criminal damage by a lone male with the restoration work amounting to $7,000.

      Many blessings

      the limpet

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks limpet, yes you are so right, the differences are amazing. I thought that yesterday when they were commemorating the beginning of the first world war. Just think, the differences today compared to then! lol! could you imagine how far we have come? in fact its probably the biggest leap in human social 'evolution' ever!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      Yet another milestone in the lengthy reign of our Queen. When Queen Elizabeth I who also had a long tenure as a reigning monarch, England had few possesions if any abroad and commenced an era of global expansion. Now, in the second Elizabethan age our Queens reigns over countries on every continent and a myriad of islands in the seven seas.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi mary, thanks so much, yes I love the Queen, she is such a hard worker, thanks!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      The Queen has always impressed me by how she carries herself: so proud, just regal. I like her outfits, too. Those gorgeous hats!

      Thanks for this great info about the Queen....one has to admire her.

      Voted UP and will share.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Vinaya, I thought she had visited, but wasn't sure, thanks for the info, hope you had a great climb?

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Mohan, lol! thanks! yes that sounds good to me! thanks as always, nell

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Many years ago, before I was born, the Queen visited our country. I saw the old photograph in my journalist father's collection. Since then I have been fascinated by this woman. Thanks for this beautiful hub.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      Still remember the festivities. I think you should be in the queens birthday honors list for doing this wonderful hub. Dame Nell Rose, anyone?

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