Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926 in London (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Her father was Prince Albert, Duke of York, and her mother was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Elizabeth was never meant to become queen (Smith 6). From the very start, her life never developed the way it should have. The leadership she shows her, faithfulness, and her compassion tells her people she cares. The life of Queen Elizabeth II isa true journey of an amazing Queen (Hardman 14).
Elizabeth was very fortunate to enjoy a relatively normal and stable family life for many years while her parents were just the Duke and Duchess of York (“Queen Elizabeth II”). At the time of her birth, there was no reason to think she would ever become Queen. Her father was the second son of George V. She had an uncle who was the Prince of Wales and first in line to the throne. Everyone expected him to marry and have heirs of his own (Marr 20). Her family was close. The Yorks adored their two daughters and were much loved in turn.
The Yorks did not live a particularly glamorous life either. They were very traditional, which meant that Elizabeth’s childhood was not very luxurious. She did have a nanny and then a governess (Von Bergen p. 1). She was not sent to school. When one of her closest childhood friends was sent to boarding school, it was upsetting for her because she would have liked to go as well (“Queen Elizabeth II”). In 1940, the fourteen year old Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast during the BBC’s Children’s Hour, addressing other children who had been evacuated from the cities.
She stated “We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well “(“Queen Elizabeth II”). In 1943, at the age of sixteen Elizabeth undertook her first solo public appearance on a visit to the Grenadier Guards, which she had been appointed Colonel-in-Chief the previous year (“Queen Elizabeth II”). As she approached her eighteenth birthday, the law was changed so that she could act as one of five Counsellors of State in the event of her father’s incapacity or absence abroad.
Such as his visit to Italy in July 1944. In February 1945, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. As an honorary Second Subaltern with the Service, she trained as a driver and mechanic and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander five months later (Von Bergen p. 1). Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, in 1934 and 1937. They were second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. After another meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939, Elizabeth, only fourteen years old, said she fell in love with Philip.
Soon they began to exchange letters (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Their engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947. The engagement was not without controversy (Von Bergen 1). Elizabeth and Philip were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. They received 2500 wedding gifts from around the world. Britain had not yet completely recovered from the devastation of the war. Elizabeth was required ration coupons to use to buy the material for her gown. Her gown was designed by Norman Hartnell (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Elizabeth wasted no time in producing a heir.
Her son Charles was born the following year and daughter Anne arrived in 1950. She had two more children, sons Andrew and Edward in the early 1960s. She worked tirelessly to protect the image of her family, the monarchy, and to prepare for its future (Marr 59). Her coronation service took place in 1953. It was the first coronation service in history to be televised in history. The duties of Queen were largely ceremonial. Elizabeth has always conducted herself with dignity. She was Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1952 for providing “a quiet, well-behaved fairy tale in which the world could believe “(“Queen Elizabeth II”).
In 1969, she officially made Prince Charles her successor by granting him the title of Prince of Wales (Marr 75). Approximately two hundred million people tuned in to see the ceremony. To continue the rule of the Windsor family, Elizabeth pressured Prince Charles to marry. He finally decided to marry in 1981. The wedding of Prince Charles to- nineteen year-old Diana Spencer drew enormous crowds in the streets of London and millions around the world watched the proceedings on television. Public opinion of the monarchy was especially strong at that time (“Queen Elizabeth II”).
The following year, Elizabeth worried about her second son Andrew. Prince Andrew served as a helicopter pilot in the British Royal Navy during the Falklands War of 1982. Britain went to war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands, a clash that lasted for several weeks. While more than 250 British soldiers died in the conflict, Prince Andrew returned home safe and well ,much to his mother’s relief (Marr 78). The love lives of her children have caused Elizabeth much heartache as well. The rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana made headlines for years before the couple announced plans to divorce in 1992.
Prince Andrew’s union with Sarah Ferguson ended up in the tabloids as well, with photos of Sarah with another man published in papers. Elizabeths own husband has caused numerous public relations headaches with his seemingly inconsiderate off-the-cuff comments and rumors of possible infidelities (“Queen Elizabeth II”). In 1997, Elizabeth went under intense media scrutiny herself in the wake of Princess Diana’s death (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Her incredibly popular daughter-in-law, sometimes nicknamed the People’s Princess, died in a car crash in Paris on August 31.
The queen was her at estate Balmoral with Prince Charles and his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the time of the incident. For days, Elizabeth remained silent while the country mourned Diana’s passing, and she was sharply criticized for her lack of response (Marr 97). Stories circulated that the queen did not want to give Diana a public funeral, which only fueled public sentiment against her. These sentiments were uncalled for. The Queen and her family were in a time of sorrow and sadness Nearly a week after Diana’s death, Elizabeth returned to London and issued a statement on the late princess (“Queen Elizabeth II”).
After the start of Britain, Queen Elizabeth II experienced two great losses. She said good-bye to both her sister Margaret and her mother in 2002. Margaret died that February after suffering a stroke (Marr 52). Only a few weeks later, Elizabeth’s mother, known as the Queen Mother, died at Royal Lodge on March 30 at the age of 101 (Marr 53). Now in her eighties. Queen Elizabeth II will soon celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. The celebration marks her sixty years as queen. Elizabeth may even surpass Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest ruling monarch who reigned for sixty three years (Golsdorought 4).
Over the years Queen Elizabeth II has became an amazing Queen. Elizabeth may have never been meant to become queen, but today she is meant to be queen. From the age of fourteen to the age of sixty three she has shown the people that she is a true leader. The life of Queen Elizabeth true journey . There has never been a Queen In the history of the world to have done the things she has done. She is a true Leader,(“Queen Elizabeth II”). Works Cited Golsborough, Gordon. “Queen Elizaabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in Manitoba. ” Gazette Summer 2012: 42. History Reference Center. Web.
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