QUEEN ELIZABETH II: 1926 – 2022 🕯️
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died aged 96, on Thursday (September 8, 2022), Buckingham Palace said. Her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeded as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the queen’s record-break.
Take a look at the life and times of the now late monarch:
Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain, wearing a diamond crown.
October 1, 1940: In Windsor, Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret sending a message during the BBC’s children programme, particularly to the children who were being evacuated because of the World War II.
November 20, 1947: Queen Elizabeth (2nd-R) smiles while her daughter newlywed Princess Elizabeth (C) (to be Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II) waves to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace 20 November 1947 in London as the Royal Family celebrated the wedding of Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (3rd-R). Others in this picture are King George VI (L), Princess Margaret (2nd-L), an unidentified young woman (3rd-L) and Queen Mary (R), the widow of George V.
November 20, 1947: Members of the British Royal family and guests pose around Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) (CL) and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (CR) (future Prince Philip) in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.
January 1, 1948: Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (future Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh pose in Buckingham Palace, in London in 1948.
April 21, 1951: Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain is pictured, wearing a grey silk gown, a pearl necklace and a diamond crown, for her 25th birthday, in London.
June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth II (C) sits in Westminster Abbey on her coronation day in London.
June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth II sits on a throne during her coronation in Westminster Abbey in London.
April 4, 1955: Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill kisses Queen Elizabeth II’s (R) hand as she leaves 10 Downing Street in London, after a dinner given by the Prime Minister.
April 22, 1966: Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech during the state opening of Parliament at the House of Lords in London.
October 15, 1969: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King’s Cross railway station in London with her four Corgis dogs after holidays in Balmoral Castle in Scotland and before welcoming at Buckingham Palace US astronauts of Apollo 11 who walked on the Moon.
February 1, 1977: Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in royal regalia, poses for this special Jubilee picture in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, after she had delivered the traditional Queen’s speech at the 1976 official State Opening of Parliament. She wears the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, also known as the Parliamentary Robe. Around her neck is the Jubilee Necklace of diamonds and pearls and the chain is the Collar of the Order of the Garter, Britain’s premier order of Knighthood. Her gown is of white silk with bands of gold and silver embroidery.
September 6, 1984: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II poses at Buckingham Palace with Economic Summit leaders: (from L to R) French President François Mitterrand, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Us President Ronald Reagan, Chancelor Helmut Kohl of West Germany and Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi.
May 7, 2002: Queen Elizabeth II is seen at work aboard the Royal train near Darlington.
November 13, 2002: Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial Crown, walks in procession through The Royal Gallery on her way to give her speech during the ceremonial state opening of Parliament in London.
December 8, 2003: Queen Elizabeth II poses with the England rugby squad at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup.
November 9, 2004: Queen Elizabeth II poses for a picture with members of the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, England.
May 22, 2006: Queen Elizabeth II braves blustery conditions at the annual Chelsea Flower show in London.
November 17, 2008: Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the royal performance and world premiere of the film “A Bunch of Amateurs” at the Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square.
December 3, 2008: Queen Elizabeth II is pictured during the State Opening of Parliament in London.
October 27, 2009: Queen Elizabeth II shows India’s President Pratibha Patil (not pictured), Indian items from the Royal collection in Windsor Castle, southern England.
November 18, 2009: Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in central London, after addressing Parliament during the official State Opening of Parliament ceremony at Westminster.
May 25, 2010: Britain’s Prince Philip (R), listens as his wife, Queen Elizabeth II speaks during her address to the House of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster, central London.
July 6, 2010: Queen Elizabeth II addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations In New York.
June 21, 2011: Queen Elizabeth II leaves 10 Downing Street in central London following a lunch with Prime Minister David Cameron.
October 27, 2011: Queen Elizabeth II is pictured on the stage a garden party at Government House in Perth, Western Australia.
October 29, 2011: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave goodbye as they board their flight at Perth International Airport following their 10-day visit to Australia.
February 29, 2012: Queen Elizabeth II opens the newly re-furbished Somerset House East Wing, King’s College, London.
March 20, 2012: Queen Elizabeth II (C) gives a speech in response to Loyal Addresses marking her Diamond Jubilee presented to her from both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall in London as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh sits.
June 5, 2012: Queen Elizabeth II leaves the balcony as Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2L), and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, (L), Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) flank her at Buckingham Palace on the final ceremonial day of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London.
June 16, 2012: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stand with other members of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour’ at Horse Guards Parade in London.
July 24, 2012: Queen Elizabeth II poses with (L-R) British Prime Minister David Cameron and former prime ministers John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for a photograph ahead of a Diamond Jubilee lunch hosted by Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London.
September 6, 2014: Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip attend the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, central Scotland.
May 27, 2015: Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, proceeds through the Royal Gallery as she attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in central London.
June 24, 2015: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smile as a little robot wave during a reception at the ‘Technische Universitaet’ (Technical University) in Berlin, Germany.
April 21, 2016: Queen Elizabeth II greets wellwishers during a ‘walkabout’ on her 90th birthday in Windsor, west of London.
May 18, 2016: Queen Elizabeth II looks on in the House of Lords ahead of the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in London.
May 23, 2016: Queen Elizabeth II is pictured beside a floral exhibit by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, which features an image of the Queen, during a visit to the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show in central London.
June 14, 2016: Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet in Ascot, west of London.
July 13, 2016: The new leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May kneels as she is greeted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the start of an audience in Buckingham Palace in central London where the Queen invited the former Home Secretary to become Prime Minister and form a new government.
April 11, 2017: Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh watches as his wife Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II feeds an elephant named ‘Donna’ after opening the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Whipsnade, north of London.
June 13, 2017: Queen Elizabeth II walks along the platform at London Paddington station in London after arriving from Slough on a Great Western Railway (GRW) train to mark the 175th anniversary of the first train journey by a British monarch.
April 19, 2018: Queen Elizabeth II speaks at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London.
April 21, 2018: Queen Elizabeth II waves to guests as her son Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and grandson Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) react as she takes her seat in the Royal box during The Queen’s Birthday Party concert on the occassion of Her Majesty’s 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
June 9, 2018: Members of the Royal Family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force, in London.
May 10, 2019: Queen Elizabeth II drives her Range Rover car as she arrives to attend the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, west of London.
May 23, 2019: Queen Elizabeth II visits the headquarters of British Airways in Heathrow, west London, as British Airways mark their centenary year.
October 14, 2019: Queen Elizabeth II (L) leaves with Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) after delivering the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London.
April 5, 2020: Queen Elizabeth II records her address to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus epidemic at Windsor Castle, west of London.
May 11, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II sits on the The Sovereign’s Throne in the House of Lords chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London.
May 11, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walk behind the Imperial State Crown as they process through the Royal Gallery, after the Queen’s Speech, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London.
October 6, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II meets representatives of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of A and B Batteries, at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
October 7, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, (L), launches the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London.
February 4, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II stroking Candy, her a Dorgi dog, as she looks at a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees, in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, west of London.
February 5, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House, the Queen’s Norfolk residence, as she celebrates the start of the Platinum Jubilee.
February 5, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II cuts a cake to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House, the Queen’s Norfolk residence.
March 29, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II attends a Service of Thanksgiving for her late husband, Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in central London.
May 13, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II attending the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor.
June 2, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II stands on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace bas the troops march past during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations, in London.
July 15, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the new building of Thames Hospice in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
September 6, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II waits to meet with new Conservative Party leader and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland.
September 6, 2022: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and new Conservative Party leader and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland.
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