The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British
history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe.
Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other
monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense
of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important
figure for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of
enormous social change.
Her Majesty continues to carry out a full program of engagements, from
visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State, to
leading the nation in Remembrance and celebratory events, all
supported by other members of the Royal Family.
The Queen sees public and voluntary service as one of the most
important elements of her work. The Queen has links as Royal Patron
or President with over 600 charities, military associations, professional
bodies and public service organizations. These vary from wellestablished
international charities to smaller bodies working in a
specialist area or on a local basis only.
Her patronages and charities cover a wide range of issues, from
opportunities for young people to the preservation of wildlife and the
environment. Having Her Majesty as Royal patron or president provides
vital publicity for the work of these organisations, and allows their
enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised.
Her Majesty supports and encourages achievement in all walks of life
through the annual programme of Investitures (at which she presents
members of the general public with their honours), Garden Parties,
receptions and other awards given in her name, which allow her to say
‘thank you’ to all those who have contributed to the life of the nation
and the Commonwealth.
The Queen carries out her task against the backdrop of an equally rich private life that has seen her become a mother four times , welcome grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren to the Royal Family.
The Duke of Edinburgh was – in her own words – her ‘strength and stay’
during her reign, while other members of the Royal Family continue to
offer vital support through their work in the UK and overseas.
She is an icon on the world stage. What is even more surprising is her incredible vitality and her ability to lead her kingdom impeccably for over 60 years.