Once Upon a Time With The Queen
The last well-known Queen of our time passed away peacefully at Balmoral at the age of 96 at her Scottish estate, where she had spent the majority of the summer.
The Queen saw a significant social change after ascending to the throne in 1952.
Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born the Queen on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London.
Few could have predicted she would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the monarchy in order to wed American Wallis Simpson, who had previously been divorced twice.
Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, abdicated in favor of her sister Lilibet, who was heir to the throne at the age of 10.
Britain and Nazi Germany were at war for three years. After their parents rejected recommendations that they are moved to Canada, Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent a large portion of the war at Windsor Castle.
Elizabeth, who was then 18 years old, completed five months of training as a driver and basic mechanic with the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She subsequently reflected, “I started to comprehend the esprit de corps that thrives in the face of adversity.
She corresponded via letters with her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece, who was enlisting in the Royal Navy, during the course of the conflict. The couple’s relationship flourished, and on November 20, 1947, they were married at Westminster Abbey, with the prince assuming the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
After 74 years of marriage, she would later refer to him as “my strength and stay” before his 99th birthday death in 2021.