Queen Mary’s Coronation Gown
Beatrix & her family through the years
Queen Elizabeth II. (born 21 April 1926)
" Elizabeth is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, known as the Commonwealth realms, and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. She is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and, in some of her realms, carries the additional title of Defender of the Faith.
Upon her accession on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. From 1956 to 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. At present, in addition to the first four of the aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her reign of 62 years is currently the second longest for a British monarch; only Queen Victoria, her great-great grandmother, has reigned longer, at over 63 years….” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II
" The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. At the time she stood third in line of succession to the throne after Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, The Duke of York. But it was not expected that her father would become King, or that she would become Queen.
The Princess was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace. She was named after her mother, while her two middle names are those of her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and paternal grandmother, Queen Mary.
The Princess’s early years were spent at 145 Piccadilly, the London house taken by her parents shortly after her birth, and at White Lodge in Richmond Park. She also spent time at the country homes of her paternal grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, and her mother’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.
In 1930, Princess Elizabeth gained a sister, with the birth of Princess Margaret Rose. The family of four was very close. When she was six years old, her parents took over Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home. In the grounds of Royal Lodge Princess Elizabeth had her own small house, Y Bwthyn Bach (the Little Cottage), which was given to her by the people of Wales in 1932.
Princess Elizabeth’s quiet family life came to an end in 1936, when her grandfather, King George V, died. His eldest son came to the throne as King Edward VIII, but, before the end of the year, King Edward VIII had decided to give up the throne in order to marry the woman he loved, Mrs Wallis Simpson.
Upon his abdication, Princess Elizabeth’s father acceded to the throne as King George VI, and in 1937 the two Princesses attended their parents’ coronation in Westminster Abbey. Princess Elizabeth was now first in line to the throne, and a figure of even more intense public interest….” http://www.royal.gov.uk/HMTheQueen/HMTheQueen.aspx
"And they kissed - simply and naturally with perhaps a hint of embarrassment. After so many years of hiding their love from prying eyes here they were providing the ultimate proof of that affection in front of a billion people."
She is the kindest and most considerate person that you could image. The best thing that happened to Britain recently, in a Royal sense, is that my cousin became Sovereign. She really was the right person
Prince William Of Gloucester when asked what his cousin the Queen is like (via regalmajesty)
I wish I had some of the talents of the Duke of Edinburgh. To my mind he is one of the finest public speakers in the world. I sometimes suspect I don’t impress some members of the Royal Family very much—not that I blame them. I’m a late developer.
Prince William of Gloucester in his last interview with Audrey Whiting
(this is my 72nd post which feels like a significant marker, as Prince William died in 1972.)
A Princess Elizabeth spam
A Princess Elizabeth spam
Princess Máxima with her daughter Princess Amalia.
New official photos released of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters