On June 2, 1953, in an impressive ceremony reminiscent of the marriage of Prince Charles to Diana or Prince William to Kate Middleton, a young 27-year-old princess acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and seven independent Commonwealth states, including Canada.
The monarch with the record longevity of 96 years!, and immense popularity, whose United Kingdom celebrated in June the 70th anniversary of her reign, has passed away. We have seen her health deteriorate since the night in the hospital nearly a year ago, for reasons never specified. The sovereign had been convalescing at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland and had not made any public appearances since the end of June, for health reasons.
On the morning of September 8th, it was learned that the four children of the Queen, and including Prince William and Prince Harry had buried the hatchet in order to go to her bedside.
"I will be at your service until my last breath." This is indeed what happened. Sadly our Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.
Her years on the throne have shown us her great qualities: her exemplary devotion to her duty, her support to more than 600 causes, her efforts to bring the monarchy into the modern world, her role as a mother and grandmother... So many elements that made her a beloved, admired and respected monarch.
The great dates
- Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born by caesarean section at 2:40 a.m. on the night of April 21, 1926, at the London residence of her maternal grandparents.
- At 16, Elizabeth was appointed honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, whose mission was to protect the royal family.
- At 18, Elizabeth insisted on being involved in the war effort and enlisted in the Army's Territorial Auxiliary Service. There, she learned to drive ambulances and trucks carrying troops and equipment through the streets of London.
- On February 6, 1952, George VI died in his sleep. His eldest daughter succeeded him as Elizabeth II. The reign had just begun.