Queen Elizabeth II – A Monarch Legacy  

By: Rosemary Traviezo

Queen Elizabeth II is known for taking a serious ‘’interest in government and political affairs. Apart from her ceremonial duties, she was credited with many aspects of the monarchy.” Elizabeth’s official job, besides ruling over England, was to open each new session of parliament, grant royal assent to legislation, and approve orders and proclamation through the privy council. Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away on September 8, 2022, in Balmoral Castle, Aberdeen Shire. Within minutes of the announcement of her passing, throngs of people began gathering in the rain outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, and world leaders were offering messages of condolence, noting her sense of duty and her resilience.  


Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, in Bruton Street, London, United Kingdom to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon. She was crowned queen on June 2, 1926, at the age of 26, after her father passed away at the age of 57 from coronary thrombosis. Elizabeth was the longest ruling monarch in Britain. She was queen for 70 years and 214 days.  Elizabeth’s oldest son, Prince Charles, automatically became King Charles III upon her death, although his coronation probably won’t be held for months. Succeeding to the throne at age 73, he is the oldest recorded person to become a British monarch. 

Interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth II

A few interesting facts about Elizabeth II that many may not know. The late Queen was homeschooled and did not study at a traditional school, she never used a passport or a driver’s license, and she was related to her late husband. In May of 1966, she visited West Germany with her husband, Prince Phillip, making her the British sovereign to visit Germany in more than half a century. The visit marked the 20th anniversary of the end of World War II and was viewed as the culmination of the political reconciliation of the two countries. Queen Elizabeth II was fluent in French, German and studied music, and her favorite color was blue. The queen had her very own pet gifted to her at 18 years old. She named the royal corgi Hickathrift Pippa.   

Queen Elizabeth will always be remembered for her kind, generous heart.  May she rest in peace!

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