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The World of Queen Elizabeth: 1926, 1952, and 2012

Updated on January 10, 2016
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The world has changed a great deal during the life and rein of England's monarch

Queen Elizabeth II of England is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this week. The 86-year-old monarch of Great Britain was born on April 21, 1926. She became Queen upon the death of her father, George VI on February 6, 1952, sixty years ago. Her official coronation occurred on June 2, 1953.

The world has undergone some amazing changes during the span of Her Majesty's long life and reign. In honor of the festivities currently underway in London, here's a look at the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II of England, in 1926, 1952, and 2012.


Portait of Elizabeth as a child

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The World in 1926

Political News:

- Princess Elizabeth is born on April 21. She is the first child of Prince George, younger brother of Crown Prince Edward VIII. Her grandfather, George V, is King of England. As the female child of a younger brother. it does not seem likely that Elizabeth will ever become monarch. That all changes when Edward VIII abdicates in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson.

- The British Prime Minister is Stanley Baldwin.

- The President of the United States is Calvin Coolidge. Other world leaders include Joseph Stalin, who overthrows Trotsky to take control of the Soviet Union, Benito Mussolini in Italy, and Emperor Hirohito, who ascends the throne in Japan.

The World of Entertainment

- George Burns marries Gracie Allen.

- Television has not yet been invented, but radio features such popular shows as Sam 'n Henry, a forerunner of the more famous Amos and Andy.

- Music lovers crank up their gramophones to listen to Irving Berlin's hit song, "Because I Love You."

- Thousands of women are heartbroken when Rudolph Valentino dies at the age of 31. His last film is The Son of the Sheik.

- When it's time to cut a rug, revelers dance The Charleston.

- Giacomo Puccini debuts his new opera, Turendot.

- The movie Don Juan opens in New York City. This film is notable as the first movie to have a pre-recorded score and synchronized sound effects.

Literary Notes

- A.A. Milne publishes Winnie the Pooh.

- Sinclair Lewis refuses to accept the Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith.

Sports News:

- French tennis star Suzanne Langlen wins The French Open in her final year of amateur competition.

- The St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series against the New York Yankees, led by Babe Ruth. This series is remarkable for two reasons: Ruth hits three home runs in Game Four, setting a record that will not be matched by another player until Reggie Jackson in 1977. Unfortunately, Babe Ruth also gets blamed for losing the seventh and final game of the series, when he is tagged out while trying to steal second base.

The Cost of Living:

- The Model T Ford costs $350.

- The price of an average house is $7,748.

- It costs 9 cents to buy a pound of bread.

- The average yearly salary is $1,313.

Other Headlines:

- Henry Ford introduces the forty-hour work week for employees of Ford Motor Company.

- Charles Strife patents his new invention, the toaster.

- Prohibition is in full swing, and speakeasies are common. Bugs Moran attempts unsuccessfully to assassinate Al Capone.

Coronation Portrait of Queen Elizabeth

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The World in 1952

Political News:

- British Monarch George VI dies on February 6. He is succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth. She is the first female sovereign monarch of England since Queen Victoria, and only the sixth in English history.

- Winston Churchill is the British Prime Minister.

- At the beginning of the year, Harry Truman is the U.S. President. Dwight D. Eisenhower goes on to win the Presidential election over Adlai Stevenson. Other world leaders include Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida of Japan, and Mao Zedong, Chairman of the People's Republic of China.

The World of Entertainment:

- Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan marries Nancy Davis.

- TV shows are broadcast in black and white. Hit shows of the day include the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Dragnet, and Your Show of Shows. The Today Show premieres on NBC, and children enjoy watching The Howdy Doody Show.

- Top songs of the year can by bought on vinyl, and they include "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price and "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" by Hank Williams.

- First Lady of Argentina Eva Peron dies at the age of 33.

- Popular movie actors and actresses include Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and Grace Kelly.

- Young people dance the Jitterbug and the Lindy Hop.

- Trouble in Tahiti, a one-act opera by Leonard Bernstein, debuts on the campus of Brandeis University.

- Paramount Pictures introduces Cinerama, a wrap-around big - screen experience that makes moviegoers feel like they were in the center of the action. This technique will be popular for ten years.

Literary Notes:

- E.B. White publishes Charlotte's Web.

- The Pulitzer Prize for literature goes to Herman Wouk for The Caine Mutiny.

Sports News:

- Bob Mathias of the USA becomes the first athlete to win a second consecutive Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.

- The three-time defending New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series.

The Cost of Living:

-You can buy a new car for $1,750.

- The average cost of a house is $9,050.

- A loaf of bread costs sixteen cents.

- The average salary is $3,400 a year.

Other Headlines:

-The Mau Mau Revolt against the British Crown begins in Kenya.

- The first jet airliner makes its maiden voyage from London to Johannesberg.

- A polio epidemic kills 3300 in the United States.

- Mother Teresa opens a hospice for the dying in Calcutta.

Watch the coronation of Elizabeth II here

Queen Elizabeth Today

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The World in 2012

- Queen Elizabeth of England celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. She is Britain's second-longest reigning monarch; Queen Victoria ruled for sixty-three years.

- The British Prime Minister is David Cameron. He was appointed in 2010. Cameron is the thirteenth person to serve as Prime Minister during Elizabeth's reign.

- The President of the United States is Barack Obama, the first African-American elected to that position. Other world leaders include President Vladmir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President Hu Jintao of China.

The World of Entertainment:

- Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince William has been married to Kate Middleton for one year.

- The top television shows are reality shows - American Idol and Dancing With the Stars. The top scripted television shows are Modern Family and NCIS.

- Hit songs are downloaded from websites such as itunes. This year's hits include "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele, and "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.

- Singing legend Whitney Houston dies on February 11 at the age of 48.

- The top box office hits are The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Men In Black3.

- Urban dancers at the hip hop clubs know how to pop and lock.

- Pop legend Robin Gibb of the BeeGees composes a classic work called The Titanic Requiem.

- The most prevalent fad in movie technology is movies in very realistic 3D.

Sports News:

- If she desired, Queen Elizabeth could choose to attend the Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on July 27. They are taking place in her home city of London.

- The St. Louis Cardinals are the current World Series titleholders; they defeated the Texas Rangers in the seventh game of the World Series on October 28, 2011.


The Cost of Living:

- It generally costs between $100,000 and $200,000 to buy a house, depending on the size of the house and the market.

- A new Ford Focus costs $18,300.

- A generic loaf of bread costs about $1.24. Brand name bread can cost much more.

- A median US income for a family with one paycheck is about $46,000.

Other Headlines:

- The Transit of Venus allows scientists to observe Venus as it travels between the sun and the earth. This phenomenon will not occur again until 2117.

- The Syrian Uprising is the latest in a series of political upheavals in the Middle East, as protestors call for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 17 hours ago from London England

      When re visiting this hub site what i find is a comprehensive archive of the life and times of this fascinating Monarch.

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      Gadfly 3 weeks ago from Olde London Towne

      And yet another milestone in the timeline of our Gracious Queen. Her most Gracious Majesty. Elizabeth the second celebrates the seventieth wedding anniversary of her betrothal to His Royal Highness. The Prince Phillip.

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      Gadfly 4 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Whilst we do indeed live in a changing world, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ages gracefully. Today marks the birthday of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (whose age i shan't mention here) who at public appearances looks as radiant as the Queen herself.

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      Gadfly 5 months ago from Olde London Towne

      The latest warship to join the fleet has put to sea to undergo trials. H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth is also the largest ship in the Royal Navy. She was launched at Rosyth by Her Majesty the Queen in 2015, with a second vessel of the same class under construction.

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      Gadfly 5 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Important milestones since the Diamond Jubilee to timeline the reign of Her most gracious Majesty, Elizabeth the second. Our Sovereign Lady.

      * 2nd - 5th June 2012 The Diamond Jubilee with celebrations including a pageant, a riverine procession includeding 10,000 boats and the Queen in her Royal Barge the aptly named 'GLORIANA'.

      * 27th July 2012 London Olympic games officialy declared open by Her Majesty the Queen.

      *9th September 2015 saw the Queen become the longest serving Monarch in history.

      * 6th February 2017 the Sapphire Jubilee, 65 years on the throne.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 months ago from London England

      Good idea! Starting now by year or by when Her Majesty the Queen ascended the throne of England.

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      Gadfly 5 months ago from Olde London Towne

      I'm starting a Queen Elizabeth time line to continue this important hub.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 months ago from London England

      The reason that our Queen has two birthdays in the year is a tradition dating back a couple of centuries. When a Monarch was born at the time of a year when the weather is inclement then the official celebrations are then held usually in mid June. Some of the Commonwealth countries ruled by the Queen have a national holiday to observe Her Majesty's birthday.

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      Gadfly 5 months ago from Olde London Towne

      Yesterday marked the official date of Her Majesty's birthday (not to be confused with the actual date). I have forwarded an appropriate congratularity to the palace.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 7 months ago from London England

      ELIZABETH REIGNS.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 7 months ago from London England

      ELIZABETH REIGNS

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 7 months ago from London England

      Happy Birthday Ma'am.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 9 months ago from London England

      In 2017 Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee with a reign spanning 65 years. Incredible!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 20 months ago from London England

      ELIZABETH REIGNS.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Don't know what the fuss is about when the leader of Her Majesty's opposition in the Parliament said he would never kneel before the reigning monarch at Privy council assemblies. Even her husband has had to kneel on certain ceremonial occasions.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      It is now official !

      Congratulations MA'AM.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Her most Gracious Majesty Elizabeth the second became the longest living British Monarch in 2007 overtaking Her Imperial Majesty Victoria who died at 81.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Today marks the 62nd year of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen, On the 2nd of June 1953 Queen Elizabeth the second was crowned in Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Queen pledged in her coronation oath to uphold our laws and defend our faith. During her long reign, the Queen has ruled wisely over her realms and the British Commonwealth of Nations. God save the Queen.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      The state opening of Parliament has occurred with our Sovereign Lady, Her Majesty the Queen officiating. As usual Her Majesty was accompanied by H.R.H. Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh in what has been the sixty forth opening of the Houses of Parliament in Her Majesty's long reign. The ceremonial aspect of the event was performed to perfection with the Queen herself absolutely radiant and rendered the Queen's speech eloquently and with utmost confidence. The Duke as well acted with usual decorum and charm. The Royal couple indeed make a fine couple as our Head of State.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      It's a happy birthday wishes to Her Majesty our Queen, and many more happy returns of the day.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      ELIZABETH REIGNS

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Not more than a couple of hundred feet from where i am now is a prominent marble slab affixed to a wall on Gilbert Bridge within the city of London which reads: This stone was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second and His Royal Highness The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh to mark the opening of Barbican Arts centre on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary. circa 1972. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.

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      Gadfly 2 years ago from Olde London Towne

      Her Majesty the Queen has just delivered her Commonwealth speech primarily directed toward the 53 nations that she reigns over. Recorded and televised from the Regency room of Buckingham Palace the Queen as usual is impecable in her outfit and regal bearing. The Queen sets out the future of the Commonwealth for decades to come in particular aiming at 'youthful' aspirations in keeping with times. The following day Her Majesty the Queen launches a new ship at Southampton and no co incidence the vessel is named SS Brittania.

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      Gadfly 2 years ago from Olde London Towne

      Today is the unveiling of the latest engraved portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to be used by the Royal Mint in the making of coins of the realm. The Queen's profile has been changed five times during her illustrious reign over us however this is to be the newest in 17 years. Her Majesty is as regal here as the Queen has ever been. Yet another milestone for our Sovereign Lady, Elizabeth the second.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      'ELIZABETH REIGNS!'

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      The ascention to the throne by Her most gracious Majesty, Elizabeth the second also happened to co-incide with the ascention of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing Norgay. Two great milestones in our history.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      A headline in one of London's daily tabloids reads 'The Queen purred (down a telephone line)' concerning a prime ministerial indiscretion. Her Majesty happens to be blessed with a hearty sense of humour which brings a smile to my face. Ma'am will probably make the culpret grovell and beg for mercy over this slip of his tongue!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      Her most gracious Majesty may be about to become a Great Grandmother for the third time thus ensuring the Royal House of Windsor shall prevail.LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      Her Royal Highness Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall aquited herself admirably prior to the official opening of the 2014 Commonwealth games. Dressed fashionably but simple Her Grace mingled with the publis as she accompanied her husband the Prince of Wales. The games were later officially opened by the Queen.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      I consider myself quite fortunate to be a loyal subject of The Queen and when i have a long hard think about my 'life journey' no matter what stage i am at there has always been The Queen reigning over us. What effect does this have on a 'commoner' such as i? Simply put i was taught to speak The Queen's English, travel The Queen's highway and observe The Queen's laws. Parliament is separated by Her Majesty's government and Her Majesty's opposition and high cout judges are chosen by The Queen. Finally The Queen has done so much to strengthen the Commonwealth of Nations through numerous Royal visits. ELIZABETH REIGNS