Queen Elizabeth II Took the Throne at a Crazy-Young Age

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Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, at Windsor Fort in July 1946. Picture Supply: Getty / Lisa Sheridan

Assume again a second to your mid-20s: you have been possible simply settling into postgrad life, touchdown your first grownup job, and making an attempt to stability enjoyable nights out with paying again your scholar loans. Or perhaps you are in your mid-20s proper now, making an attempt to navigate the world after school, on the prowl for a big different, and making an attempt to stability your want to journey the world with the duty of paying lease on time.

Think about at the moment having the duty of operating a rustic — wait, extra like 4 nations — positioned in your shoulders. That is precisely what occurred to Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 when her father, King George VI, died and she or he was appointed to the throne. On the time, she was solely 25 years previous — a 25-yr-previous lady who, for all intents and functions, was not anticipated to turn out to be queen; Elizabeth’s uncle, Prince Edward, inherited the throne from King George V, and lots of assumed he would marry and have youngsters of his personal (that might knock Elizabeth down the road of succession). However in 1936, when Elizabeth was simply 10, Edward abdicated the throne to marry his divorced mistress, American socialite Wallis Simpson, and George VI took over. For the primary 10 years of her life, Elizabeth would have been identical to immediately’s Princess Beatrice: a distant inheritor to the throne. No one predicted that George would fall sick and move away so quickly — he was solely fifty six — however these royal duties shortly turned hers.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arriving again in England to mourn the demise of her father, King George VI, in February 1952. Picture Supply: Getty / Popperfoto

In early 1952, Elizabeth and Prince Philip, whom she had married 4 years earlier, set out for a tour of Australia and New Zealand with a cease in Kenya. Whereas at their Kenyan residence, Sagana Lodge, they acquired phrase that the king had died — and that Elizabeth was now queen. It was Prince Philip who broke the information to her, and when she was requested to decide on a regnal identify, she opted to “in fact” stay Elizabeth. She and Prince Philip headed again to London and virtually instantly moved into Buckingham Palace. In June 1953, Elizabeth was coronated at Westminster Abbey; Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who have been simply 4 and two on the time, respectively, have been current for the large occasion.

Queen Elizabeth II on the Buckingham Palace balcony after her coronation in June 1953. Picture Supply: Getty / Hulton Archive

Since taking the throne, Elizabeth has grow to be head of the Commonwealth (which at present consists of fifty two nations) in addition to queen of one other 12 nations which have turn out to be unbiased since her accession. In 2015, she broke an astounding document, turning into the UK’s longest reigning British monarch (the earlier document of 23,226 days was held by Queen Victoria). She’s celebrated big milestones together with her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees, and in 2017, she turned the primary British monarch to commemorate a Sapphire Jubilee, marking sixty five years of her reign. Elizabeth is definitely not your common ninety-yr-previous, however the duties and challenges she’s taken on since turning into queen can nonetheless encourage all ladies — whether or not you are within the throes of your 20s proper now or wanting again on these heady days with fondness.

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