For nearly seventy years, the United Kingdom has been reigned by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In this article, we will learn of the various influences and significance her reign of glamour and prestige have bestowed.
From humble beginnings, abrupt changes, and challenges, there will come a greater understanding of a powerful figure in modern times.
On a London spring day in 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor’s life begins. Born into royalty through her paternal lineage and aristocracy through her mother’s side, she becomes well secure.
Her father was known as the second son of King George the fifth. In Queen Elizabeth’s childhood, she became well appreciated and cherished by her elders.
For example, her royal grandfather (George V) was very fond of her which resulted in her nicknaming him “Grandpa England”. During the King’s illness in 1929, Elizabeth became credited with aiding her grandfather’s recovery with her presence.
Furthermore, she also gained the nickname of “Lilibet” which displays further affection by her family in her early days. With the arrival of her younger sister Margaret in 1930, the family grows with successors.
During most of her academic years, Elizabeth and Margaret became educated by their mother and other figures. In summary, the beginning of Queen Elizabeth’s upbringing was met with warmth and encouragement.
Mark of a Queen
Throughout the years of Queen Elizabeth’s education, she gains insightful knowledge in literature, music, history, languages, and music. Moreover, her majesty became fascinated with animals, orderliness, and adopting responsibility.
Much to her family’s surprise, she began displaying traits of a queen early on in her life. Indeed, even Winston Churchill described young Queen Elizabeth as “Having an unusual air of authority and reflectiveness for a child”.
Overall, she gained a reputation of being well-behaved and reasonable, but joyful, nonetheless. In Queen Elizabeth’s childhood, she stood as the third successor in her family’s royal heritage.
From her uncle, her father, and herself, she at the time stood on an easygoing status. Meaning that no one expected her to be queen someday as the throne had a steady amount of heirs.
Regardless this was normal, but there came a few surprises as time passed for the British royal family.
Shaping of the Royal Lineage
With the death of Elizabeth’s grandfather (George V) in 1936, her uncle Edward VIII receives the throne as the new king. This had put her into the successor line up one spot being second in place now.
Within that same year, Edward VIII loses all rights to his royal status as he marries the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. This became a major scandal because it reshaped the course of the royal lineage’s path.
To illustrate, Elizabeth’s father soon became king after his elder brother’s abdication. This plays a significant role in the modern pool of British royal family members because Edward’s line becomes minimal.
As always in that period, the first male heir of the throne receives seniority over other siblings. Even if a male royal had an elder sister, he would automatically gain the status unfairly.
This became known as the male-preference primogeniture. Coming back to Elizabeth’s father becoming the new king, she initially gains the rights as a male relative would.
A Regal Upbringing
Queen Elizabeth’s time as a youth became marked by many breakthroughs in her attributes and status. For example, she received tuition to be educated at Eton College.
Another is obtaining the chance to learn and speak French by the instruction of a Governess native to the country. To add, the first-ever Buckingham Palace Company named “The Girls Company” became formed. This was for Elizabeth to socialize with peers like herself.
With the club being created, she also joined a girl scouts’ organization where she gained the status of Sea Ranger. Furthermore, 1939 served as a great year for the new royal family as they toured in former colonies.
From Canada, United States, Australia, and New Zealand, they made their presence known as the new face of the throne. Another achievement made in this time was the first transatlantic phone call taking place between young Elizabeth and her parents.
True Test for the Future Queen
The first half of 1939 marked a grand and exciting time for the new royals to surface, but things changed. With the arrival of September that same year, The United Kingdom participates in WWII.
As hostile and deadly the environment became with frequent bombings by opposing forces, Elizabeth and Margaret stay in Britain. A close consultant of the royals suggests that the two princesses evacuate to Canada for safety, but their mother declines.
Young Elizabeth stays at Balmoral Castle in Scotland until the winter of 1939. From there she temporarily moves to various locations across the UK until settling in Windsor Castle.
By 1940, Elizabeth participates in her first royal broadcast on radio as she sends a message to children becoming evacuated. In her message, she reassures listeners by reminding them on no matter how hard things become, it will end ok.
In all, these events served as a great challenge for the young Elizabeth.
WWII Era Accomplishments
In the era of WWII, Elizabeth had progressed and achieved her role as a princess and future queen. In 1943, she made her first solo public presence to visit Grenadier Guards as a young adult.
By the time she was of legal age, she also gained status as one of the five Counsellors of State. This was to ensure that there was proper representation in case anything happened to her father.
As Elizabeth became more independent, she also achieved other feats like becoming appointed as an honorary second subaltern. This was for the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the British military.
Elizabeth also knew how to drive and serve as a mechanic for automobiles. These feats served as a great representation of her majesty’s duty to her country and people.
She has her mischievous side regardless as she participates with her sister in sneaking through public crowds on Victory Day.
Marriage and Further Expertise
In 1947, young Queen Elizabeth took part in her first overseas tour with her family in South Africa. As she always desired to be with them growing up, she now had the chance to take part in this exciting event.
During the event, she performs a moving broadcast speech that highlights relevance to today. “I declare before you that my whole life, whether short or long, shall be devoted to your service”.
This was just one of the main foreshadows of her reign to take place soon. In November of the same year, Elizabeth married her long-time crush, Philip.
Their wedding became somewhat controversial because his family had ties to former Nazi party members. For this reason, Philips’s sisters and Elizabeth’s former king uncle Edward VIII was not invited to the event.
Not long after the couple welcomed in a son named Charles in 1948 and daughter Ann in 1950.
Rise of a Queen
In 1951, things took a sudden turn for Elizabeth as substituted her father’s place for his royal duties and appearances. King George the VI’s health was steadily declining and leaving the royal family on the edge of their seats.
When Elizabeth made it into Kenya for her royal duties, Philip sadly told her of the disparaging news. With her father now gone, Elizabeth became the next living heir to inherit the throne.
Interestingly, with these events occurring, the royal family came to terms with naming customs of future descendants. The dominant surname became Windsor. Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 in the historical location of Westminster Abbey.
It became one of the first coronations in British history to be televised and viewed from foreign eyes. The event was a sight to behold as her gown represented various commonwealth countries. In essence, this initiated the beginning of a remarkable era.
When Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began, she worked towards decolonizing former territories controlled by British forces. Surprisingly, some countries in Africa proclaimed to be loyal to her majesty whatever the status they receive.
In a way, it appears as if her family left a lasting impression on the outer corners of the globe. Even though she still kept control over some territories, Elizabeth became more of an aspiring figure for progression.
This played a large advancement in her early image as she was just beginning her reign.
After two decades, Queen Elizabeth marked her first Jubilee in 1977. The purpose of this was to celebrate her reign as it promoted her strength and influence over her kingdom.
The event became another great endeavor for her Majesty because her foreign relationships grew. For example, other countries from former colonies or random regions demonstrated mutual respect for Elizabeth.
The purpose of Jubilee’s is to signify succession and being steady. It starts with silver, ruby, golden, diamond. Sapphire, and lastly platinum.
The longer the reign, the greater the rank and title. This is one of the most sought out prizes a king or queen in the United Kingdom can accomplish.
A Near Century’s Worth of Impact
Fast forward to modern times, Queen Elizabeth now sires eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren! She has accomplished her line of succession as she continues to rule at the age of ninety-five.
Her reign has brought great prosperity and a new record in royal history as she surpasses other monarchies’ reign timelines. Queen Elizabeth is also a sponsor to many organizations and charities.
In her near seventy-year reign, she has raised over one point four billion pounds for these charities! To add, she is also an animal lover especially corgis.
Did you know that her corgis are descendants of her original companion Dookie? It shows how not only keen she is on others’ well-being but how well she organizes and functions.
Indeed, her majesty’s loss will bring a great impact on Britain and the rest of the globe. What many are curious to know now is what exactly will occur when Elizabeth passes.
Protocols after Elizabeth’s Passing
As Queen Elizabeth’s health continues to vary by the day, many members of the royal family are preparing for coping. One first thing that will happen after the queen’s death is the Prime Minister of Commonwealth leaders becoming notified.
The second is revealing the tragic news to the British public by interrupting all BBC broadcasts. Surprisingly, British newspapers already seem prepared to have their headlines for print once the news breaks.
To add, from interrupting broadcast, Buckingham palace will place a notice in front of the gates to make passers aware. The third is having royal media accounts and other news sources online becoming blacked out which focus on queens passing.
Moreover, most media on television will feature documentaries and other films on Queen Elizabeth’s life. The next protocol to be followed will be having the parliament recalled.
The purpose of this stands for members to swear allegiance to the next successor in line. It typically takes place the day after Queen Elizabeth’s death.
Further Protocols from Queen Elizabeth’s departure
Furthermore, the next successor in line to the throne becomes Elizabeth’s eldest son Charles. From there, he would also have to give his former prince of Wales title to his son William.
Another is having the British pounds becoming reprinted to have the face of the new king. The next step is Charles taking a royal tour.
This is to ensure that there is a peaceful continuity of other communities coexisting with Britain after Elizabeth’s passing. The following major step is most businesses and companies in Britain shutting down temporarily for national mourning.
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will also become a national holiday for many to participate in. The public will get the chance to pay respect to her open-casket viewing.
Elizabeth will also be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey with previous historical predecessors of British history. The semifinal step is the commonwealth of former British territories breaking ties with the United Kingdom.
Long Live the Queen
One of the last steps to complete the protocol to Queen Elizabeth’s passing is Charles’s coronation taking place. It will also become very similar to his mother’s but will entirely ring in a new era for Britain and the rest of the world.
Queen Elizabeth’s reign will always serve a great influence in history because she is one of the most recognized monarchs for most British citizens. The past seventy years have been prosperous and steady.
Only time can tell what will occur after her passing.
Significance of Queen Elizabeth’s Reign of glamour and prestige
In conclusion, from warm beginnings, a test of faith, and serving her people, Queen Elizabeth becomes a successful figure for Britain. She currently stands as one the longest-reigning monarchs ever as she will be rewarded a Platinum Jubilee next February.
For being ninety-five years old, she still holds strong to her original purpose of not letting others down. The future of Britain holds large question after her passing, but her influence will certainly never be forgotten.
Queen Elizabeth will always stand as a grand figure in history for generations to come.