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Queen Elizabeth – The Youngest Queen In Modern History

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Who is Queen Elizabeth you might ask? Not only is she the longest-reigning monarch in British history, but her life radiates grace and royalty.

She was born a princess but how she handled the title would shatter everyone’s idea of being born with a silver spoon.

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The now 93-year-old monarch has ruled for most of her life now. Because of her age, many of her responsibilities are shared among family members now. They go on tours representing her majesty.

Many believe that the royal family has lost its significance in today’s society, including Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.

This does not, however, downplay her contribution to the world today. Long live the Queen!

Early Life

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born a Princess on April 21, 1926, in London.  

She was the firstborn of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Elizabeth went through the private homeschooling system as she was educated privately at home.

Family

Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark met in 1934 and 1937. They are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria.

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It was after their third meeting in 1939 at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth that 13-year-old Elizabeth said she fell for Philip. The two started exchanging letters after that. 

Their engagement was officially announced on 9 July 1947, when she was 21 years old.

Elizabeth married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on November 20, 1947. Marion Crawford wrote, “Some of the King’s advisors did not think him good enough for her.

He was a prince without a home or kingdom. Some of the papers played long and loud tunes on the string of Philip’s foreign origin.” The happy couple has four children, Charles, Prince of Wales; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Career

Her title transformed from Princess to Queen on February 6, 1952, and was crowned on June 2, 1953. Elizabeth was on a tour of Australia and New Zealand by way of Kenya with Philip when the news of her father’s passing reached her.

On 6 February 1952, they had just returned to their Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, after a night spent at Treetops Hotel, when she learned of the death of the King from Philip and consequently her immediate accession to the throne.

She is the longest standing monarch in all of British history.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s full title is monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of The Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth and Head of The Armed Forces.

Her Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in 2012 which marked her sixtieth anniversary as Queen.

Queen Elizabeth remains an extremely important symbol, representing the British people, nation, and traditions despite the British monarch having relatively few political powers today.

She rose to power when post-war decolonization was ongoing to which she played a major role in assisting. In her lifetime, she has met and been visited by five popes.

Prince Charles, father to William and Harry is the next heir to the throne.

He was married to Princess Diana but despite the public’s confidence in her, their love did not survive as they divorced in 1996, a year before the fatal car crash that took her life. Charles married Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005.

Net Worth

In 2016, it was estimated by Forbes that Queen Elizabeth has an estimated private wealth of $530 million.

According to business consultancy firm Brand Finance, the British royal family has an estimated net worth of $88 billion.

Despite her wealth, she is reportedly very disciplined with her spending seeing as she grew up during the war.

Royal finance expert David McClure has previously claimed horses are the Queen’s only big extravagance.

A vast majority of the Queen’s income comes from trusts that are part of the Royal Collection. These include certain national treasures, including the Crown Jewels and the Tower of London.

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