Teacher: Ok, children! today I’m going to ask you some questions about the queen of the UK, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth. Tecla, a question for you….: who were the queen’s parents?
Tecla: she was the elder daughter of the Duke of York, who later became king with the name of George VI, and his wife Elizabeth, first Duchess of York and then queen consort .
T.: that’s good… and when did she become heir to the throne ?
Tecla: in 1936, the year of his father’s abdication. After serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, in 1947 she married Prince Philip Mountbatten with whom she had four children.
T: ok! how old was she when she became queen? She became queen at the age of twenty-five on the death of her father on 6 February 1952 and was then crowned on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey.
T: what are the main events during her reign?
The devolution of power in the United Kingdom, the story of the repatriation of the Canadian constitution and the decolonization in Africa, the Commonwealth of nations of which she is Head .
Teacher: so her reign is the longest in British history, having surpassed the previous record held by his great-great-grandmother Victoria of 63 years, 7 months and 2 days (equal to 23 226 days) on 9 September 2015, and is the longest ever for a queen . Elizabeth II is queen of the Commonwealth too. Her reign has seen 14 prime ministers of the United Kingdom and even more numerous prime ministers and governors of the other member states of the Commonwealth of Nations. Due to its duration, the reign of Elizabeth II ranks 4th in the ranking of the longest reigns in history.
Long life to the queen!