Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926 on Bruton Street in London. She was named after her mother. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon and King George 6 were her parents. She had a sister, Princess Margaret.

Queen Elizabeth’s education did not happen in school, but at home, privately. She was taught different kinds of subjects like languages like Greek, Latin, and French. She enjoyed learning drama, art, music, and swimming.

When the Princess’s father’s brother stepped down as king in 1936, her father became next in line for the role of king. Also in 1936, she became a Girl Scout when she was 11.

A few years later, in 1947, she got married to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. 1948, she gave birth to her first child, Prince Charles. Then later on she had 3 more children, Anne Elizabeth (born 1950), Andrew Albert (born 1960), and Edward Antony (born 1964).

Sadly, in 1952, her father died of cancer, which came from heavy smoking, so she was crowned “Queen Elizabeth II” at Westminster Abbey. Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953, a year later.

Although she was queen, she has also had some difficult times. Like in 1992, when a fire wrecked part of the Queen’s House in the Windsor Castle. Also, in 2002, her sister died following a long illness, followed by her mother dying, making a sad year for the queen in 2t002.

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” - Queen Elizabeth II. This is one of the many quotes Queen Elizabeth II has said over the years of her reign.

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