A Day In The Life Of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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.
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.
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
Personal cell/mobile phones
And many more.
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.
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.
A day in the life of the Queen
The public only get to see Her Majesty when she is out and about on public engagements. But its behind the scenes at home where most of her work is done. She rises early and sits down at her desk. She begins by reading the National Newspapers to see what is happening around the World and at home.
This is followed by opening letters. The Queen receives over 300 letters a day, and many of them she opens and reads herself. The rest she passes to her staff.
Over the next hour she will sit with her Private Secretaries and go over the official papers and documents. These letters consist of Commonwealth information, Cabinet documents and letters of State.
All of the letters and documents are sent to her in the famous Red Boxes, that only the Queen can sign or approve.
This is then followed by a few hours of audiences with important people such as Bishops, and people from the Armed Forces. She will also meet people who have won awards such as Scientists and Sportsmen.
If there is to be a ceremony for the presentation of honors and decorations, this will take place at eleven o clock, and last an hour. The Queen will meet up to one hundred people, chatting and presenting the awards.
This is followed by a well earned lunch.
With over 430 engagements a year, the Queen has a busy time fitting everybody in. The Queen will prepare herself for each visit by briefing herself with every detail. From who she has to meet, their names, and what the visit entails.
The Queen selects each and everyone of her engagements from the thousands of invitations she receives each year. She has to learn speeches, understand exactly what the meeting is about, who is in charge, and what they do. Along with opening buildings, and unveiling statues and plaques, she also visits schools, hospitals, local schemes and Commonwealth organisations.
She will visit far off locations by helicopter or the Royal Train. If she has to stay overnight, she will sleep in the Train overnight.
She will end the afternoon in a meeting with government ministers of the Privy Council.
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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:
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