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.
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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.
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Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2020:
LOL! Thanks Ian, you always manage to make me smile!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 08, 2020:
I stand corrected, 68 years in fact. "ORFF WITH HIS HEAD !
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 07, 2020:
Amazing Ian! I have not got that far yet, but she is awesome isn't she?
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 07, 2020:
Sixty three glorious years. I've lived in every year of Her Majesty' reign.
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 20, 2019:
Yes she is amazing. I noticed Prince Philip is once again in the hospital? It always seems to be at this time of year.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 20, 2019:
The opening of State Parliament by Her Majesty The Queen in the 67th year of Her reign. In one word, how She was garbed. IMMACULATE.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 13, 2019:
Her Majeststy must be delighted with such a simple albeit traditional adornment at the table.
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2019:
So sickening after all these years that it's been there. I am glad there are cuttings that are in other places, thanks Ian.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 12, 2019:
That's right Nell. The iconic Holy Thorn atop Wearyall hill was damaged by vandals a decade ago. This upset the whole community, Police could do little as the tree didn't have a protection order. It began to sprout again next season but it couldn't 'take on'. The land owner had all traces of it removed.
On the bright side, a nearby bush has grown and from a distance appears to be the exact original.
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2019:
Hi Ian, I believe one of them was burned or ruined by idiots a few years ago?
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 11, 2019:
The bush from which the sprig of blossom sent to Her Majesty is located on the grounds of St John's church. Other examples are in the grounds of the Abbey ruins and six cuttings are in London's Kew gardens to prevent the species extinction.
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 10, 2019:
HI Ian, I had completely forgotten that! Thank for the reminder. I still haven't seen the Glastonbury thorn sadly.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 10, 2019:
A flowering sprig of the Glastonbury thorn bush has been plucked by the oldest pupil of St John's school and has been sent to Her Majesty to adorn the festive table. A tradition dating back in time.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 02, 2019:
Long may she reign.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2019:
I think if it was real it would be all over the news, lol!
Ian Stuart Robertson. on October 01, 2019:
It was a 'facebook' entry and mentioned in the tabloid press. (Trump inspired ???) The Queen was in fact at Windsor horse trials that day. Nothing though from a Palace spokesman.
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2019:
Really Ian, I never saw that! I will have to look it up. Always good to 'see' you.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 30, 2019:
The Queen is 'alive and well' contrary to a recent hoax which tricked many.
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 22, 2019:
I missed that Ian! I did see it at Marlow a couple of years ago though.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 22, 2019:
The Royal barge 'GLORIANA' docked at Henley on Thames during the weekend.
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 18, 2019:
LOL! thanks Ian.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 18, 2019:
It would not dare rain on H.M's garden party today !
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 16, 2019:
Sorry Ian, I was away. I saw that on tv! Wow!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 12, 2019:
And yet, another intruder dares to enter the palace. With the Queen in residence too !
Nell Rose (author) from England on June 24, 2019:
Not seen that yet? I will have to watch on the news, lol! always good to hear from you Ian.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 24, 2019:
As usual 'kept her head' up as some body's scarf made a right Royal contact.
Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2019:
Never been Ian, silly isn't it? Have a great time!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 17, 2019:
What with Royal Ascot coming up. There is nothing like it.
Nell Rose (author) from England on June 08, 2019:
Hiya, I didn't realise that it was 'ones' birthday! LOL!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 08, 2019:
Happy birthday to H.M. The Queen and many happy returns of the day.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on May 24, 2019:
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 (author) from England on May 22, 2019:
I think she is amazing!
Ian Stuart Robertson. on May 22, 2019:
AND She has another birthday coming soon !
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 21, 2019:
Yes I saw that Ian. Wasn't it a lovely garden for her kids? I liked seeing them. Always good to see you here.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on May 21, 2019:
Her Majesty appeared to be delighted, at the Chelsea flower show yesterday.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 29, 2019:
LOL! bet that was a first for her! still waiting on Meghans baby, I bet its a girl!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 29, 2019:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2019:
Oh yes I had forgotten that one! lol!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 24, 2019:
Not to mention the Doll's house.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 23, 2019:
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.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 23, 2019:
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?
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 14, 2019:
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?
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 14, 2019:
No, Nell ! I didn't see 'The crown' however the publicity stills were incredible likenesses.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2019:
She certainly was a mechanic wasn't she? I don't know if you saw The Crown, but claire foy was amazing!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 13, 2019:
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 !
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 12, 2019:
I prefer the other girl she was amazing Ian! just like her. Can't remember her name though.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 12, 2019:
Good to know Ian :)
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 12, 2019:
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.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 09, 2019:
I checked the news today and the entire Royal Family (or the femminine component) were actively involved in International Women concerns.
Nell Rose (author) from England on March 08, 2019:
Good thought Ian it will be interesting to see on the news etc. Always good to hear from you.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 08, 2019:
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'?
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2019:
LOL! I did wonder! thanks Ian.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 08, 2019:
ERROR. should be Ascension to the throne. Must speak, read and write the Queen's English.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 07, 2019:
That is amazing isn't it Ian? love the Queen!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 07, 2019:
Today marks 67th anniversary of Her Majesty's accension to the throne.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 06, 2019:
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2018:
Yes I l always watch it, have a wonderful Christmas Ian!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 10, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 02, 2018:
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.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 02, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2018:
I didn't realise that you been there? I would love to go to Westminster Abbey.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 01, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2018:
I saw that! lol! I think it was a bit weird, but I suppose she may like it? lol!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 28, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 19, 2018:
And she always does it smiling! lol!
Limpet. on September 19, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 18, 2018:
Hiya, no I didn't know that! how interesting?
Limpet. on September 18, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 14, 2018:
I never knew that Ian, how interesting.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 13, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 12, 2018:
Amazing Limpet, I remember in 1977 the royal anniversary, I was 16 and got very very drunk! LOL!
Limpet on September 12, 2018:
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 !
Nell Rose (author) from England on September 10, 2018:
No comment on that one Limpet, LOL! oh go on then.....I don't really care about those ones. they are priveledged and nobodies.
Limpet. on September 10, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on August 10, 2018:
Thanks Gadfly :)
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 23, 2018:
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 26, 2018:
Wow! she is amazing isn't she?
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on May 26, 2018:
I've just learned the platinum jubilee of the Coronation is the next milestone in the reign of Her Majesty the Queen.
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 22, 2018:
LOL! near enough Ian!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on May 22, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 19, 2018:
You went? I was going to go, but nobody to go with. shame! lol!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on May 19, 2018:
I am in the Windsor vicinity for a right Royal weekend.
Her Majesty was delighted ! With the wedding rehearsal that is,
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 16, 2018:
LOL! paula you always make me laugh! You go girl!
Suzie from Carson City on May 15, 2018:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on May 14, 2018:
Thanks Ian, yes she is one busy lady!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on May 14, 2018:
Never a dull day in the life of our Queen.
Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2017:
Thanks Ian! :)
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 11, 2017:
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).
Nell Rose (author) from England on July 17, 2017:
I didn't know that Lantokey, that's great! thanks for reading, nell
Nell Rose (author) from England on June 26, 2017:
Hiya Ian, really? bless! yes its great that good manners are still there, not much of it these days! thanks as always!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 26, 2017:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 28, 2017:
Thanks Limpet! i will see what's going on and thanks again!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 28, 2017:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 27, 2017:
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.
Nell Rose (author) from England on April 26, 2017:
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!
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 26, 2017:
At ninety one and still going strong. I'll wager the Queen will rule for some considerable years to come.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2017:
Thanks Limpet, I will go take a look.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 23, 2017:
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.
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 23, 2017:
The blue stamp to commemorate Her Majesty's sapphire jubilee is valued at £5 and may well worth obtaining as a souvenir.
Nell Rose (author) from England on February 22, 2017:
Hi Limpet, Wow, she is so amazing isn't she? I will have to look out for the stamp, thanks limpet!