Elizabeth II celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year: 70 years of reign, which began in 1952 when her father, King George VI, was succeeded by the then 25-year-old eldest daughter. Precisely on February 6, 1952, on the death of King George VI, Elizabeth fell asleep princess and woke up queen. During the night, the king had died of lung cancer. Elizabeth was with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, Kenya, on what was to be the first stop on a Commonwealth tour in which the royal couple had replaced the ailing king. Forced to cancel the rest of their visits, the royal caravan in mourning robes began the long journey home. Thus began the long reign of Elizabeth II.
It is the first anniversary for the Queen without her consort Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Elizabeth for 73 years who passed away last year.
The Queen saw 14 prime ministers in succession, from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson. You have witnessed historical events such as the end of the British Empire, the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, the Falklands / Malvinas war and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Islamist attacks, the Covid-19 pandemic.
With eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, he also experienced alternating and complicated family events: in 1992 he helplessly witnessed the announcement of the separation of Prince Andrew from Sarah Ferguson, then the divorce of Princess Anne from Mark Phillips and finally the end of the marriage of the heir. to the throne, Charles, with Princess Diana.
In 1997, another very delicate moment: the death of Lady Diana in Paris, an event that threatened to shake the throne so much that the Queen decided to speak on TV to express her pain and the closeness to the mourning of the thousands of people who continued to deposit flowers in memory of the ‘people’s princess’.
The sovereign in the Jubilee message expressed the wish that Camilla Parker-Bowles wife of the heir to the throne be considered the Queen consort when her son Charles becomes King. “It is my sincere wish that, when this time comes, Camilla will be considered Queen consort while continuing with her loyal service “, declared the sovereign asking the British citizens to” give Charles and his wife the same support they gave me “.