Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ascended the British throne on February 6th, 1952, the day her father, King George VI died of lung cancer. In Kenya with Prince Philip when she was relayed the news, a solemn princess arrived back in England as Elizabeth II.
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her twenty-five year reign, held in June to coincide with the monarch’s official birthday (also knows as Trooping of the Colour). Her first grandchild, Peter Phillips was born to Princess Anne and then-husband Mark Phillips in November of ’77.
2002 marked the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, although it was a solemn occasion given that both her sister, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother passed away within weeks of one another that year.
The Diamond Jubilee is unique in that it has been preceded by joyous occasions such as the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, andthe birth of the Queen’s two great-grandchildren, Isla and Savannah Phillips. The monarchy is more stable than it has been in years, a welcome relief to a woman who declared 1992 as “Annus Horribilis” after three of her children divorced and her beloved Windsor Castle nearly burned down.
Looking ahead, Her Majesty is most likely pleased to see that the House of Windsor is in good hands. Prince Charles is back in the public’s good graces after years of being ostracized, thanks to his messy past involving both the late Princess of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles (now the Duchess of Cornwall). Charles will ascend the throne following his mother’s death, despite rumors of the crown skipping a generation to William.
Congratulations to the Queen on her successful rule thus far, and here’s to many a happy and healthy year to come.