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A Day In The Life Of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Updated on February 24, 2016
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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.





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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

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


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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

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

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      Gadfly 4 weeks ago from Olde London Towne

      Pleasing to see that the Cross rail development due for completion next year is known as the Elizabeth line.

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      Nell Rose 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 3 months ago from England

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

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 months 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 3 months 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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      Gadfly 3 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Nell.

      I'm in Beaconsfield awaiting the local ramblers to assemble for a walk in the woods. On the train journey from the City i read an insert from one of the Dailies concerning architecture. We have examples of Tudor, Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian but what is there to classify as 'Elizabethan'. Our Sovereign Lady has possibly declared open more buildings than anybody else but 'Buck house' hasn't kept a list.

      Whilst on heirs to the throne, i think it unfair that Anne is currenly 11th. Her Highness should be much nearer than that.

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      Nell Rose 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 months ago from England

      Thanks Limpet, I will go take a look.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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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      Gadfly 15 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Bless her.

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      Nell Rose 15 months 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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      Gadfly 15 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 23 months ago from England

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

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 23 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago from England

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

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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.

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      Nell Rose 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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.

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      Nell Rose 4 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 4 years ago from England

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

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 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 4 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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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, lol! no thats fine I just automatically say English, this is a british celebration, and all the Scots Irish and Welsh were there, it was fantastic, sometimes I say british but its just the way I speak, sometimes I am soooo English other days british will do! lol! thanks for coming back, nell

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      So sorry Nell, change British to English. I forgot how you feel about that. I was trying to include everybody.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, lol! yes we do love to party! I know a lot of people are not happy about the Monarchy, and I have been thinking about this over the last few days, because I had a comment from a guy on here who was quite insulting to me, so therefore I got rid of them, he only had his idea and anybody elses was wrong, but it did make me think and then I realised that actually the Queen has worked 60 years from 7 in the morning until late at night every day! so I think shes worth her weight in gold, other royals? not so sure, some of them need to get work! the point is that we pay footballers thousands a week to kick a ball about, singers who earn thousands too after a few years singing, and the cds etc are really expensive, so taking all that into account yes I do like the monarchy, it makes me proud to be English! lol! the flottila was amazing, all those boats, and the concert was really good, but the fly past today was lovely, lancaster bomber, red arrows, saw them every year when I was little at an air show, and a few other planes too, and yes we all had a good drink! thanks as always, nell

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Nell: I have been watching the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the Today Show in the mornings. What a great holiday you are all having. The pomp and circumstance is amazing and no one does it better than the British. After having studied the British monarchy so many years ago in school it is so interesting to watch this. I know, we Amerians, fought for our independence from it, but, at the same time, we are fascinated by it. I think she creates a consistancy not found anywhere else in the world. Why Queen Elizabeth II has been queen of Britain my entire life. I admire your country and the Queen, yet I know you all are not happy about your taxes supporting the monarchy. I agree with that point, but you would not believe what our taxes support here in America. May be with William and Catherine the tax issue can be ironed out. Anyway, you British sure know how to throw a party!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jo, I stayed in to watch as the weather was appalling! especially the flottila of boats, they got soaked and so did the Queen! but the concert was really good, and I just sat and watched the fly past, lancaster bombers, which was the plane that my uncle flew in the second world war, he was a navigator, and of course the red arrows, so it was really entertaining, hope you get to see it as it was spectacular, and today in the parade a horse got skittery and ran off! all the officers had to try and catch it! lol!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Nell, people who have cable saw it (which I don't). The rest of us had to be content with snippets shown on the evening news and the morning shows like Today and Good Morning America. Over the summer, PBS will broadcast documentaries about the Jubilee, which suits me fine as my PBS stations run each doc several times, sometimes twice in the same night. ;D

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I was just watching the royal concert, it was really good, did you get to see it over there? it was great, paul mccartney, elton john and loads more, nell

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I forgot about sports figures and the truly **obscene** amounts of money THEY earn for doing very little real "work"!

      No, I was never a TV correspondent. My experience in the fishbowl was as a somewhat high-profile staffer in politics. But I do recall there is a hubber who is (or was) at CNN, I just don't recall the name at the moment. ;D

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jo, can't keep calling you Jama! lol! I never even thought of that. All those Stars, even worse the English footballers who earn a stupid amount of money just kicking a ball about. At least with the Queen she has worked tirelessly for 60 years, these pop groups these days are only famous for a while but earn millions.

      You were a TV correspondent weren't you? I think I remember reading it, but maybe I am getting muddled up with Green Lotus, (Hilary) who is a producer and worked for CNN, is that right?

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Nell and Alastar, it occurred to me this morning while watching clips of Sunday's historic flotilla that *in some respects* the royal family is no different than the Rolling Stones or Sir Paul... They're all **performers**, and because of who and what they are, ALL live MUCH better than anyone making minimum wage. That's just the nature of the beast. But I don't hear anyone saying the movie or music industry should be abolished because its stars live in luxury.

      I know *I* couldn't do what Royals do 24/7. I only lived in a fishbowl for a few years and it was no "fun" by any means. Didn't dare run out to the store for milk in grubbies and without makeup...had to be mindful of every word I uttered in case a reporter might be close enough to hear it...had cameramen from three local stations following me around at a fundraiser one evening and thought I'd successfully ducked them until I found out I was on that night's 10 o'clock news on all three channels.

      I also don't know any 86-year-old other than the Queen who could stand for 3+ hours on the deck of a barge, waving and smiling, instead of making the trip sitting down. For a woman her age, standing so long on a moving vessel was WORK, no doubt about it! ;D

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, I must admit I did admire her today. She stood on a windy soaking boat for three hours and never sat down as it was the flotilla of boats up the Thames, I would have been exhausted! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Jama.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      And now for my two cents worth, Nell. Congratulations to you on a wonderful article about Queen Elizabeth II. And congratulations to the Queen for 60 years in the English throne. That is quite an accomplishment. I have always admired her. She is the hardest working royal I know of. I didn't agree with her actions and statements when Diana died, but I admired her ability to listen to Blair and to change. I think the monarchy is vital for England as so much history and tradition is there. I'd hate to see it go by the wayside. She is a true leader from the moment she took on the throne until today. She has endured and moved the monarchy forward. I have so much respect for her - she had the guts to say Charles is a fop - and to publicly reprimand him. What a family, but she has two great grandsons and a great granddaughter in law so I hope the English monarchy goes on.

      Thanks for an informative and knowledgeable article, Nell.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      @Joe Cook, here's the best way to change the way things are. Get yourself (and as many like-minded souls as you can find) elected to Parliament. In contrast to the system here in America, if you (and your colleagues) get enough followers, you can even start your own party. ;D

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Nell's one of the smartest writers on HP Joe. She's no one's fool and has been through the metaphorical fire before and is still getting scorched. She's not so much in disagreement with what your saying, only the appropriateness of making this a personal slam. After all, as Nell points out, she is an article writer and article writers write on or about what people want to know. It's not like she put her by-line on a rave London Times piece. Get to know Nell better Joe, it'll be well worth the effort.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bravo, Nell! Now may I add a bit more "ammunition"?

      1. The Queen has been paying taxes since the fire at Windsor Castle.

      2. She and her family do NOT own "half the country" in the same sense that a commoner "owns" land and homes. "The Crown" owns it, meaning the majority of the Queen's property is entailed, as are the fabulous art collections and jewels.

      2. If it weren't for the millions in tourism money the existence of the Royals and its pageantry attracts, the economy of England would be FAR worse than it is right now.

      3. The persons responsible for the sad state of England's economy are the same greedy bunch responsible for the sad state of the U.S. economy, to wit: uber-rich bankers, investment firms, and corrupt elected officials at ALL levels of government on both sides of the Pond.

      (On a personal note, Nell, you aren't alone when it comes to being refused housing by an ice-for-blood county agency. Been there, done that...didn't even have a caravan to live in...had to "couch surf" until I could scrape enough money together to get a place on my own. NOT a fun time, nor one I care to ever experience again.)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Qudsia, really nice to see you, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jama, yes I do see the Queens point, she had her ways and didn't realise how the public felt she certainly won't fall into that problem again! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub! I love it how you pour so much detail in every hub! Bravo Nell!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Nell, I've see the Helen Mirran movie twice. As for the Diana Death fiasco, I could see both sides. On the one side, when one is no longer a Royal...one is no longer a Royal and Buck House has NO obligation to acknowledge, let alone honor, that person at death. But on the other side, as you said, the outpouring of grief for a beloved ex-Royal was something the Palace had never had to deal with. Bless Tony Blair for convincing the Queen it was to her advantage to break with tradition!

      Sad, though, that Diana's popularity was not utilized by Buck House while she was still alive. For that reason, I couldn't help laughing during the run up to Wlliam and Kate's wedding. Diana may not have been there in body but she was most certainly there in spirit, and her legacy will live on far longer than the Queen's, simply because the Royal family knows, without her (and Tony Blair), there might not be a Monarchy now. tee hee

      That said, I DO greatly admire the Queen. having read several biographies of her I already knew, unlike previous monarchs, she has always taken her job very seriously. And it IS a job. Never mind she works out of her home.

      As I said on FB, though, I don't know how she keeps up. Philip is already wilting, but Elizabeth just keeps chugging along. Philip is her rock, so I do wonder how she'll hold up after he's gone. Hopefully, with or without him, we'll be celebrating her 70th year on the throne 10 years from now. ;D

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Eliza, hope you get to see all the pagentry! I would like to see the flottila, that would be cool!

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Lovely work Nell this is a great expose on HM The Queen.Voted UP!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, mljdgulley, its not something that is talked about very often, and I think most people believe the Queen just does the rounds meeting people, I was surprised myself when I read about it, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Pamela, have you seen the film The Queen? its Helen Mirren and she is amazing as the Queen, its all about Diana too, she did a great job in that film, and the guy who played Tony Blair was so much like him it was spooky! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative hub Nell. I never realized how much time is spent keeping up with affairs. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I do remember seeing Queen Elizabeth every day at school -- in a framed, large portrait in the school hallway -- no matter which school I was in that year -- in Canada. She was part of one's life in Canada, but not the way she is in Britain.

      This was a lovely hub to read. Makes me want to sit down one evening and watch a few favorite 'royalty' movies such as John Brown or The Young Queen Victoria.

      Voting up, awesome and sharing.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi molometer, yes I remember it well! lol! I was 17, and belting up the bypass on a motorbike with a guy called 'Spud' don't ask! lol! and I remember seeing all the bonfires lit, we ended up at the pub and had a great night, then we went to see the Jam in High Wycombe! Ah memories! thanks for reading, and the share, much appreciated, nell

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      molometer 5 years ago

      When you think about it. What a tough life she really has.

      With over 400 engagements per year, who could keep up that pace. She is doing pretty good?

      I agree the resemblance between George & William is uncanny?

      Do you remember the silver jubilee.That was a blast.

      Very detailed and well researched hub Nell.

      Voted up 4/5 buttons sharing.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, alocsin, she has been the Queen as long as I have been around too, its amazing isn't it? this year should be really good, what with the Olympics too, thanks as always, nell

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The length of her reign is incredible -- she has been the Queen of England for all of my lifetime and I'm no spring chicken. Congratulations to her and all the citizens of the UK on this happy occasion. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, lily, They do the changing of the Guard every day, maybe that was what you saw? nearly every day something like that is going on, I am glad you liked it, thats the one thing about England we have all the old ceremonies and stuff, this year is going to be really special, thanks as alwys, nell

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Did you see the new little known photo with William and Harry at Diana's feet while she is in a glorious photo attire? All barefoot! I loved it and when I look there at William he will always be that little boy to me. I hope he never disappoints me but he seems so very unlike his royal family, although I know he does all required of him and probably more, but Diana I think will always be in his heart as a guide to make him human, or should I say humane? That is what Diana brought to the Royal family and instilled into her son, the future heir and maybe through him the Queen can see this is an important virtue. You think?

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      When I was there in 1985, I saw the roayal guards, and I don't know what the horse riders are called, all going thru the ceremony for the next day, a jubilee is all I recall, I think she'd been reighning for 40 years? Does that sound right? Anyway, it was wonderful! We simple don't have a handle on pagentry here in America! I loves this one Nell, sending you good thoughts, be well, be happy, love, lily

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks tundexman!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Polly, yes it was tony blair who told her to get down to London, and quickly, maybe thats what she needed to see how the public were reacting, in her defence, I don't think that any Royal had ever seen that sort of grief and outpouring over Diana before, every time a Royal died before, it was always a dignified affair, this was big shock to the Queen, thanks as always nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, tillsontitan, I think most people don't realise that the Queen starts her day early and works throughout the day, I am so glad you liked it, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, denise, thanks for reading, I think most people believe that the Queen just does appearances, but she does a lot more than that, even I was surprised! lol! thanks!

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      tundexman 5 years ago from lagos

      i like it

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I think she has taken her position very seriously but I do believe as all royals she has put herself so far above commoners and I do think she got a good lesson when all the loyalty and love went out to Diana who was no longer anything in her eyes. I doubt it was the lesson we would have royals learn but at least I was thrilled to see her have to back down. She has had that position so long I imagine it very hard to change but I am glad to see her mingle more with her public and I think it surely doesn't hurt at all. I wish the US had someone to look up to but I am glad we do not bow to any person. Wasn't it Tony Blair that advised the Queen on being human? Been awhile but he comes to mind. I am sure she has had a big responsibility and has handled them better than many might have...up to a point. I would think she would educate herself very well on all, she takes her post most seriously I am sure.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      As an American I don't know that much about British Royalty. You did a great job of educating me. Your photos are great too. You always keep me up on things of interest. I never realized the Queen actually does work. Great job. Voted up and interesting.

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Wow. Thanks for sharing, Nell. As an American, I am fascinated with British royalty. Mainly I've been interested in the royalty from long ago because I was under the impression that the current Queen was a figurehead. But you've shown me that the Queen keeps very busy. I appreciate the peek into her daily life. Good read and fabulous photos.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Vinaya, nice to see you, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar! lol! I get ya! my views tend to be the same believe it or not. Saying that I do respect the Queen, but certain other Royals I regard as hanger ons so to speak, they do little work but reap the benefits, but the Queen herself, I believe, actually does care for the Country and has worked hard, the others? keeping stum as they say over here! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Dear Nell

      This is quite an interesting read. Thanks for sharing the life of the Queen.

      Regards

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Nell, this is some good background info on her majesty and the others it was an interesting read. You know I could say alot about things but will hold my tongue out of respect. If you can put up with my Revolutionary War hubs then same here for the Royalty ones. Queen Elizabeth sure stays busy like Betty White does and that is very much admirable; and congrats to the Queen on her upcoming Diamond anniversary.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, kitty, thanks as always, the Queen is a busy lady, isn't she? and thanks for the 'fine' thing, not sure what you mean, but maybe its what I worry about sometimes, or even the other thing? lol! sorry not making sense myself! umm! I get those kind of feelings too, all the time, so thank you, nell

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Wow...she has a busy day, doesn't she? And I have to say that King Charles & the Prince look very much alike...is it possible it is the King reincarnated? Just a crazy thought. ;) Voted up and awesome. You're wonderful, Nell. By the way, don't worry about that thing...you'll be just fine. (if this sounds crazy sorry, the thought just hit me so I figured I'd tell you)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Ruchira, glad you liked it, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Jackie, yes I agree William is most like Diana, I never realised how much the Queen does in a day, I was suprised! haha! poor Camilla! thanks for reading, I think there is something wrong with notifications, I never get any in my email now, glad you saw it on Facebook, thanks!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great to know so much about this royal family. Extensive research done, Nell.

      Wishing the queen many more successive years.

      Voted up as interesting

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      No wonder I didn't get notice you had this published, I saw I was no longer even following you, well I am now. Now I am not going to give up William looking like Diana, not even discussing it. Some interesting facts I did not know. Guess it hasn't been an easy job being Queen, glad Diana did win out on the honor thing though (or respect). If that is Camilla walking behind the Queen she looks about as old! I am always aghast Charles preferred that... great info, glad I saw it at Facebook.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, pras, thanks so much for reading, yes the Queen is great, she just keeps on going, and the Diamond Jubilee will be spectacular, thanks for the votes, hope you are having a great weekend, nell

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It's the real story of Royal Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth is the great woman. Thanks for writing and share with us. Nell, I really enjoy this hub from the beginning until the end. Finally, I give my vote to you and pressing all buttons here, except funny. Cheers...

      Blessing,

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, acatenna, Yes I wish she was still here, Diana was amazing, I met her, she was lovely, thanks so much as always, nell