Elizabeth met her future husband, "Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, in 1934 and 1937. They are "second cousins once removed through "King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through "Queen Victoria. After another meeting at the "Royal Naval College in "Dartmouth in July 1939, Elizabeth – though only 13 years old – said she fell in love with Philip and they began to exchange letters. She was 21 when their engagement was officially announced on 9 July 1947.
The engagement was not without controversy; Philip had no financial standing, was foreign-born (though a British subject who had served in the "Royal Navy throughout the Second World War), and had sisters who had married German noblemen with "Nazi links. 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." Later biographies reported that Elizabeth's mother initially opposed the union, dubbing Philip ""The Hun". In later life, however, the Queen Mother told biographer "Tim Heald that Philip was "an English gentleman".
Before the marriage, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles, converted from "Greek Orthodoxy to "Anglicanism, and adopted the style Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, taking "the surname of his mother's British family. Just before the wedding, he was created "Duke of Edinburgh and granted the style His Royal Highness.
Elizabeth and Philip were married on 20 November 1947 at "Westminster Abbey. They received 2500 wedding gifts from around the world. Because Britain had not yet completely recovered from the devastation of the war, Elizabeth required "ration coupons to buy the material for "her gown, which was designed by "Norman Hartnell. In post-war Britain, it was not acceptable for the Duke of Edinburgh's German relations, including his three surviving sisters, to be invited to the wedding. The "Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, was not invited either.
Elizabeth gave birth to her first child, "Prince Charles, on 14 November 1948. One month earlier, the King had issued "letters patent allowing her children to use the style and title of a royal prince or princess, to which they otherwise would not have been entitled as their father was no longer a royal prince. A second child, "Princess Anne, was born in 1950.
Following their wedding, the couple leased "Windlesham Moor, near "Windsor Castle, until July 1949, when they took up residence at "Clarence House in London. At various times between 1949 and 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in the British "Crown Colony of Malta as a serving Royal Navy officer. He and Elizabeth lived intermittently in Malta for several months at a time in the hamlet of "Gwardamanġa, at "Villa Guardamangia, the rented home of Philip's uncle, "Lord Mountbatten. The children remained in Britain.
Accession and coronation
During 1951, George VI's health declined and Elizabeth frequently stood in for him at public events. When she toured Canada and visited President "Harry S. Truman in Washington, D.C., in October 1951, her private secretary, "Martin Charteris, carried a draft accession declaration in case the King died while she was on tour. In early 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a tour of Australia and New Zealand by way of "Kenya. On 6 February 1952, they had just returned to their Kenyan home, "Sagana Lodge, after a night spent at "Treetops Hotel, when word arrived of the death of the King and consequently Elizabeth's immediate "accession to the throne. Philip broke the news to the new Queen. Martin Charteris asked her to choose a "regnal name; she chose to remain Elizabeth, "of course". She was "proclaimed queen throughout her realms and the royal party hastily returned to the United Kingdom. She and the Duke of Edinburgh moved into "Buckingham Palace.
With Elizabeth's accession, it seemed probable that the "royal house would bear her husband's name, becoming the House of Mountbatten, in line with the custom of a wife taking her husband's surname on marriage. The British Prime Minister, "Winston Churchill, and Elizabeth's grandmother, "Queen Mary, favoured the retention of the "House of Windsor, and so on 9 April 1952 Elizabeth issued a declaration that Windsor would continue to be the name of the royal house. The Duke complained, "I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children." In 1960, after the death of Queen Mary in 1953 and the resignation of Churchill in 1955, the surname "Mountbatten-Windsor was adopted for Philip and Elizabeth's male-line descendants who do not carry royal titles.
Amid preparations for "the coronation, "Princess Margaret informed her sister that she wished to marry "Peter Townsend, a divorcé‚ 16 years Margaret's senior, with two sons from his previous marriage. The Queen asked them to wait for a year; in the words of Martin Charteris, "the Queen was naturally sympathetic towards the Princess, but I think she thought – she hoped – given time, the affair would peter out." Senior politicians were against the match and the Church of England did not permit remarriage after divorce. If Margaret had contracted a civil marriage, she would have been expected to renounce her right of succession. Eventually, she decided to abandon her plans with Townsend. In 1960, she married "Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created "Earl of Snowdon the following year. They divorced in 1978; she did not remarry.
Despite the death of Queen Mary on 24 March, the coronation on 2 June 1953 went ahead as planned, as Mary had asked before she died. The ceremony in "Westminster Abbey, with the exception of the "anointing and "communion, was televised for the first time.[d] "Elizabeth's coronation gown was embroidered on her instructions with the floral emblems of Commonwealth countries: English "Tudor rose; Scots "thistle; Welsh "leek; Irish "shamrock; Australian "wattle; Canadian "maple leaf; New Zealand "silver fern; South African "protea; "lotus flowers for India and Ceylon; and Pakistan's wheat, cotton, and "jute.
Continuing evolution of the Commonwealth
From Elizabeth's birth onwards, the "British Empire continued its transformation into the "Commonwealth of Nations. By the time of her accession in 1952, her role as head of multiple independent states was already established. In 1953, the Queen and her husband embarked on a seven-month round-the-world tour, visiting 13 countries and covering more than 40,000 miles by land, sea and air. She became the first reigning "monarch of Australia and "New Zealand to visit those nations. During the tour, crowds were immense; three-quarters of the population of Australia were estimated to have seen her. Throughout her reign, the Queen has made hundreds of "state visits to other countries and "tours of the Commonwealth; she is the most widely travelled head of state.
In 1956, the British and French prime ministers, Sir "Anthony Eden and "Guy Mollet, discussed the possibility of France joining the Commonwealth. The proposal was never accepted and the following year France signed the "Treaty of Rome, which established the "European Economic Community, the precursor to the European Union. In November 1956, Britain and France invaded Egypt in an "ultimately unsuccessful attempt to capture the "Suez Canal. Lord Mountbatten claimed the Queen was opposed to the invasion, though Eden denied it. Eden resigned two months later.
The absence of a formal mechanism within the "Conservative Party for choosing a leader meant that, following Eden's resignation, it fell to the Queen to decide whom to "commission to form a government. Eden recommended that she consult "Lord Salisbury, the "Lord President of the Council. Lord Salisbury and "Lord Kilmuir, the "Lord Chancellor, consulted the "British Cabinet, "Winston Churchill, and the Chairman of the backbench "1922 Committee, resulting in the Queen appointing their recommended candidate: "Harold Macmillan.
The Suez crisis and the choice of Eden's successor led in 1957 to the first major personal criticism of the Queen. In a magazine, which he owned and edited, "Lord Altrincham accused her of being "out of touch". Altrincham was denounced by public figures and slapped by a member of the public appalled by his comments. Six years later, in 1963, Macmillan resigned and advised the Queen to appoint "the Earl of Home as prime minister, advice that she followed. The Queen again came under criticism for appointing the prime minister on the advice of a small number of ministers or a single minister. In 1965, the Conservatives adopted a formal mechanism for electing a leader, thus relieving her of involvement.
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In 1957, she made a state visit to the United States, where she addressed the "United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the Commonwealth. On the same tour, she opened the "23rd Canadian Parliament, becoming the first "monarch of Canada to open a parliamentary session. Two years later, solely in her capacity as Queen of Canada, she revisited the United States and toured Canada. In 1961, she toured Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Iran. On a visit to Ghana the same year, she dismissed fears for her safety, even though her host, "President "Kwame Nkrumah, who had replaced her as head of state, was a target for assassins. Harold Macmillan wrote, "The Queen has been absolutely determined all through ... She is impatient of the attitude towards her to treat her as ... a film star ... She has indeed '"the heart and stomach of a man' ... She loves her duty and means to be a Queen." Before her tour through parts of Quebec in 1964, the press reported that extremists within the "Quebec separatist movement were plotting Elizabeth's assassination. No attempt was made, but a riot did break out while she was in "Montreal; the Queen's "calmness and courage in the face of the violence" was noted.
Elizabeth's pregnancies with Princes "Andrew and "Edward, in 1959 and 1963, mark the only times she has not performed the "State Opening of the British parliament during her reign. In addition to performing traditional ceremonies, she also instituted new practices. Her first royal walkabout, meeting ordinary members of the public, took place during a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970.
Acceleration of decolonisation
The 1960s and 1970s saw an acceleration in the "decolonisation of Africa and the "Caribbean. Over 20 countries gained independence from Britain as part of a planned transition to self-government. In 1965, however, the "Rhodesian Prime Minister, "Ian Smith, in opposition to moves towards majority rule, "declared unilateral independence from Britain while still expressing "loyalty and devotion" to Elizabeth. Although the Queen dismissed him in a formal declaration, and the international community applied sanctions against Rhodesia, his regime survived for over a decade. As Britain's ties to its former empire weakened, the British government sought entry to the European Community, a goal it achieved in 1973.
In February 1974, the British Prime Minister, "Edward Heath, advised the Queen to call a "general election in the middle of her tour of the "Austronesian "Pacific Rim, requiring her to fly back to Britain. The election resulted in a hung parliament; Heath's Conservatives were not the largest party, but could stay in office if they formed a coalition with the "Liberals. Heath only resigned when discussions on forming a coalition foundered, after which the Queen asked the "Leader of the Opposition, "Labour's "Harold Wilson, to form a government.
A year later, at the height of the "1975 Australian constitutional crisis, the Australian Prime Minister, "Gough Whitlam, was dismissed from his post by "Governor-General Sir "John Kerr, after the Opposition-controlled "Senate rejected Whitlam's budget proposals. As Whitlam had a majority in the "House of Representatives, "Speaker "Gordon Scholes appealed to the Queen to reverse Kerr's decision. She declined, stating that she would not interfere in decisions reserved by the "Constitution of Australia for the governor-general. The crisis fuelled "Australian republicanism.
In 1977, Elizabeth marked the "Silver Jubilee of her accession. Parties and events took place throughout the Commonwealth, many coinciding with "her associated national and Commonwealth tours. The celebrations re-affirmed the Queen's popularity, despite virtually coincident negative press coverage of Princess Margaret's separation from her husband. In 1978, the Queen endured a state visit to the United Kingdom by Romania's communist dictator, "Nicolae Ceaușescu, and his wife, "Elena, though privately she thought they had "blood on their hands". The following year brought two blows: one was the unmasking of "Anthony Blunt, former "Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, as a communist spy; the other was the assassination of her relative and in-law "Lord Mountbatten by the "Provisional Irish Republican Army.
According to "Paul Martin, Sr., by the end of the 1970s the Queen was worried that the Crown "had little meaning for" "Pierre Trudeau, the "Canadian Prime Minister. "Tony Benn said that the Queen found Trudeau "rather disappointing". Trudeau's supposed republicanism seemed to be confirmed by his antics, such as sliding down banisters at Buckingham Palace and pirouetting behind the Queen's back in 1977, and the removal of various "Canadian royal symbols during his term of office. In 1980, Canadian politicians sent to London to discuss the "patriation of the "Canadian constitution found the Queen "better informed ... than any of the British politicians or bureaucrats". She was particularly interested after the failure of Bill C-60, which would have affected her role as head of state. Patriation removed the role of the "British parliament from the Canadian constitution, but the monarchy was retained. Trudeau said in his memoirs that the Queen favoured his attempt to reform the constitution and that he was impressed by "the grace she displayed in public" and "the wisdom she showed in private".
During the 1981 "Trooping the Colour ceremony, six weeks before the "wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, six shots were fired at the Queen from close range as she rode down "The Mall on her horse, "Burmese. Police later discovered that the shots were blanks. The 17-year-old assailant, "Marcus Sarjeant, was sentenced to five years in prison and released after three. The Queen's composure and skill in controlling her mount were widely praised.
From April to September 1982, the Queen was anxious but proud of her son, Prince Andrew, who was serving with British forces during the "Falklands War. On 9 July, the Queen awoke in her bedroom at Buckingham Palace to find an intruder, "Michael Fagan, in the room with her. In a serious lapse of security, assistance only arrived after two calls to the Palace police switchboard. After hosting US President "Ronald Reagan at Windsor Castle in 1982 and visiting "his California ranch in 1983, the Queen was angered when his administration ordered the "invasion of Grenada, one of her Caribbean realms, without informing her.
Intense media interest in the opinions and private lives of the royal family during the 1980s led to a series of sensational stories in the press, not all of which were entirely true. As "Kelvin MacKenzie, editor of "The Sun, told his staff: "Give me a Sunday for Monday splash on the Royals. Don't worry if it's not true—so long as there's not too much of a fuss about it afterwards." Newspaper editor "Donald Trelford wrote in "The Observer of 21 September 1986: "The royal soap opera has now reached such a pitch of public interest that the boundary between fact and fiction has been lost sight of ... it is not just that some papers don't check their facts or accept denials: they don't care if the stories are true or not." It was reported, most notably in "The Sunday Times of 20 July 1986, that the Queen was worried that "Margaret Thatcher's economic policies fostered social divisions and was alarmed by high unemployment, "a series of riots, the violence of a "miners' strike, and Thatcher's refusal to apply sanctions against the "apartheid regime in South Africa. The sources of the rumours included royal aide "Michael Shea and "Commonwealth Secretary-General "Shridath Ramphal, but Shea claimed his remarks were taken out of context and embellished by speculation. Thatcher reputedly said the Queen would vote for the "Social Democratic Party – Thatcher's political opponents. Thatcher's biographer "John Campbell claimed "the report was a piece of journalistic mischief-making". Belying reports of acrimony between them, Thatcher later conveyed her personal admiration for the Queen, and the Queen gave two honours in her personal gift – membership in the "Order of Merit and the "Order of the Garter – to Thatcher after her replacement as prime minister by "John Major. Former Canadian Prime Minister "Brian Mulroney said Elizabeth was a "behind the scenes force" in ending apartheid.
In 1987, in Canada, Elizabeth publicly supported politically divisive "constitutional amendments, prompting criticism from opponents of the proposed changes, including "Pierre Trudeau. The same year, the elected Fijian government was deposed in "a military coup. As "monarch of Fiji, Elizabeth supported the attempts of the "Governor-General, Ratu Sir "Penaia Ganilau, to assert executive power and negotiate a settlement. Coup leader "Sitiveni Rabuka deposed Ganilau and declared Fiji a republic. By the start of 1991, republican feeling in Britain had risen because of press estimates of the Queen's private wealth – which were contradicted by the Palace – and reports of affairs and strained marriages among her extended family. The involvement of younger members of the royal family in the charity game show "It's a Royal Knockout was ridiculed, and the Queen was the target of satire.
In 1991, in the wake of coalition victory in the "Gulf War, the Queen became the first British monarch to address a "joint meeting of the "United States Congress.
In a speech on 24 November 1992, to mark the "40th anniversary of her accession, Elizabeth called 1992 her "annus horribilis, meaning horrible year. In March, her second son, "Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his wife, "Sarah, separated; in April, her daughter, "Princess Anne, divorced Captain "Mark Phillips; during a state visit to Germany in October, angry demonstrators in "Dresden threw eggs at her; and, in November, "a large fire broke out at Windsor Castle, one of her official residences. The monarchy came under increased criticism and public scrutiny. In an unusually personal speech, the Queen said that any institution must expect criticism, but suggested it be done with "a touch of humour, gentleness and understanding". Two days later, the Prime Minister, "John Major, announced reforms to the royal finances planned since the previous year, including the Queen paying "income tax from 1993 onwards, and a reduction in the "civil list. In December, "Prince Charles and his wife, "Diana, formally separated. The year ended with a lawsuit as the Queen sued "The Sun newspaper for breach of copyright when it published the text of her "annual Christmas message two days before it was broadcast. The newspaper was forced to pay her legal fees and donated £200,000 to charity.
In the years to follow, public revelations on the state of Charles and Diana's marriage continued. Even though support for republicanism in Britain seemed higher than at any time in living memory, republicanism was still a minority viewpoint, and the Queen herself had high approval ratings. Criticism was focused on the institution of the monarchy itself and the Queen's wider family rather than her own behaviour and actions. In consultation with her husband and the Prime Minister, John Major, as well as the "Archbishop of Canterbury, "George Carey, and her private secretary, "Robert Fellowes, she wrote to Charles and Diana at the end of December 1995, saying that a divorce was desirable.
In August 1997, a year after the divorce, Diana was killed in "a car crash in Paris. The Queen was on holiday with her extended family at "Balmoral. Diana's two sons by Charles – Princes "William and "Harry – wanted to attend church and so the Queen and Prince Philip took them that morning. After that single public appearance, for five days the Queen and the Duke shielded their grandsons from the intense press interest by keeping them at Balmoral where they could grieve in private, but the royal family's seclusion and the failure to fly a flag at "half-mast over Buckingham Palace caused public dismay. Pressured by the hostile reaction, the Queen agreed to return to London and do a live television broadcast on 5 September, the day before "Diana's funeral. In the broadcast, she expressed admiration for Diana and her feelings "as a grandmother" for the two princes. As a result, much of the public hostility evaporated.
In November 1997, the Queen and her husband held a reception at "Banqueting House to mark their golden wedding anniversary. She made a speech and praised Philip for his role as a consort, referring to him as "my strength and stay".
In 2002, Elizabeth marked her "Golden Jubilee. Her sister and mother died in February and March respectively, and the media speculated whether the Jubilee would be a success or a failure. She again undertook an extensive tour of her realms, which began in Jamaica in February, where she called the farewell banquet "memorable" after a power cut plunged the "King's House, the "official residence of the "governor-general, into darkness. As in 1977, there were street parties and commemorative events, and monuments were named to honour the occasion. A million people attended each day of the three-day main Jubilee celebration in London, and the enthusiasm shown by the public for the Queen was greater than many journalists had expected.
Though generally healthy throughout her life, in 2003 she had "keyhole surgery on both knees. In October 2006, she missed the opening of the new "Emirates Stadium because of a strained back muscle that had been troubling her since the summer.
In May 2007, "The Daily Telegraph, citing unnamed sources, reported that the Queen was "exasperated and frustrated" by the policies of the British Prime Minister, "Tony Blair, that she was concerned the "British Armed Forces were overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that she had raised concerns over rural and countryside issues with Blair. She was, however, said to admire Blair's efforts to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. She became the first British monarch to celebrate a diamond wedding anniversary in November 2007. On 20 March 2008, at the "Church of Ireland "St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, the Queen attended the first "Maundy service held outside England and Wales. At the invitation of the Irish President, "Mary McAleese, the Queen made the first "state visit to the Republic of Ireland by a British monarch in May 2011.
The Queen addressed the United Nations for a second time in 2010, again in her capacity as Queen of all Commonwealth realms and Head of the Commonwealth. The UN Secretary General, "Ban Ki-moon, introduced her as "an anchor for our age". During her visit to New York, which followed a tour of Canada, she officially opened a memorial garden for the British victims of the "September 11 attacks. The Queen's visit to Australia in October 2011 – her sixteenth visit since 1954 – was called her "farewell tour" in the press because of her age.
Diamond and Sapphire Jubilees
Her "Diamond Jubilee in 2012 marked 60 years on the throne, and celebrations were held throughout her realms, the wider Commonwealth, and beyond. In a message released on "Accession Day, Elizabeth wrote:
She and her husband undertook an extensive tour of the United Kingdom, while her children and grandchildren embarked on royal tours of other Commonwealth states on her behalf. On 4 June, Jubilee beacons were lit around the world. In November, the Queen and her husband celebrated their sapphire wedding anniversary. On 18 December, she became the first British sovereign to attend a peacetime "Cabinet meeting since "George III in 1781.
The Queen, who opened the "1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, also opened the "2012 Summer Olympics and "Paralympics in London, making her the first "head of state to open two Olympic Games in two different countries. For the London Olympics, she played herself in "a short film as part of the "opening ceremony, alongside "Daniel Craig as "James Bond. On 4 April 2013, she received an honorary "BAFTA for her patronage of the film industry and was called "the most memorable "Bond girl yet" at the award ceremony.
On 3 March 2013, Elizabeth was admitted to "King Edward VII's Hospital as a precaution after developing symptoms of "gastroenteritis. She returned to Buckingham Palace the following day. A week later, she signed the new "Commonwealth charter. Because of her age and the need for her to limit travelling, in 2013 she chose not to attend the biennial "meeting of Commonwealth heads of government for the first time in 40 years. She was represented at the summit in Sri Lanka by her son, Prince Charles.
The Queen surpassed her great-great-grandmother, "Queen Victoria, to become the "longest-lived British monarch in December 2007, and the "longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015. She was celebrated in Canada as the "longest-reigning sovereign in Canada's modern era". ("King Louis XIV of France reigned over "Canada (New France) for longer.) She is also the "longest-reigning queen regnant in history, and the world's "oldest reigning monarch. She became the "longest-serving current head of state following the death of "King Bhumibol of Thailand on 13 October 2016. On 6 February 2017, she became the first British monarch to commemorate a "Sapphire Jubilee.
The Queen does not intend to "abdicate, though Prince Charles is expected to take on more of her workload as Elizabeth, who celebrated her ninety-first birthday in 2017, carries out fewer public engagements. "Plans for her death and funeral have been extensively prepared by most British government and media organisations for decades.
Public perception and character
Since Elizabeth rarely gives interviews, little is known of her personal feelings. As a "constitutional monarch, she has not expressed her own political opinions in a public forum. She does have a deep sense of religious and civic duty, and takes her coronation oath seriously. Aside from her "official religious role as "Supreme Governor of the "established Church of England, she is personally a member of that church and the national Church of Scotland. She has demonstrated support for "inter-faith relations and has met with leaders of other churches and religions, including five popes: "Pius XII, "John XXIII, "John Paul II, "Benedict XVI and "Francis. A personal note about her faith often features in her annual "Christmas message broadcast to the Commonwealth. In 2000, she spoke about the theological significance of the "millennium marking the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus:
To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ's words and example.
She is "patron of over 600 organisations and charities. Her main leisure interests include "equestrianism and dogs, especially her "Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Her lifelong "love of corgis began in 1933 with Dookie, the first corgi owned by her family. Scenes of a relaxed, informal home life have occasionally been witnessed; she and her family, from time to time, prepare a meal together and do the washing up afterwards.
In the 1950s, as a young woman at the start of her reign, Elizabeth was depicted as a glamorous "fairytale Queen". After the trauma of the Second World War, it was a time of hope, a period of progress and achievement heralding a "new Elizabethan age". "Lord Altrincham's accusation in 1957 that her speeches sounded like those of a "priggish schoolgirl" was an extremely rare criticism. In the late 1960s, attempts to portray a more modern image of the monarchy were made in the television documentary "Royal Family and by televising Prince Charles's "investiture as Prince of Wales. In public, she took to wearing mostly solid-colour overcoats and decorative hats, which allow her to be seen easily in a crowd.
At her "Silver Jubilee in 1977, the crowds and celebrations were genuinely enthusiastic, but in the 1980s, public criticism of the royal family increased, as the personal and working lives of Elizabeth's children came under media scrutiny. Elizabeth's popularity sank to a low point in the 1990s. Under pressure from public opinion, she began to pay income tax for the first time, and Buckingham Palace was opened to the public. Discontent with the monarchy reached its peak on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, though Elizabeth's personal popularity and support for the monarchy rebounded after her live television broadcast to the world five days after Diana's death.
In November 1999, a "referendum in Australia on the future of the "Australian monarchy favoured its retention in preference to an indirectly elected head of state. Polls in Britain in 2006 and 2007 revealed strong support for Elizabeth, and in 2012, her Diamond Jubilee year, approval ratings hit 90 percent. Referenda in "Tuvalu in 2008 and "Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2009 both rejected proposals to become republics.
Elizabeth has been portrayed in a variety of media by many notable artists, including painters "Pietro Annigoni, "Peter Blake, "Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy, "Terence Cuneo, "Lucian Freud, "Damien Hirst, "Juliet Pannett, and "Tai-Shan Schierenberg. Notable photographers of Elizabeth have included "Cecil Beaton, "Yousuf Karsh, "Annie Leibovitz, "Lord Lichfield, "Terry O'Neill, "John Swannell, and "Dorothy Wilding. The first official portrait of Elizabeth was taken by "Marcus Adams in 1926.
Elizabeth's personal fortune has been the subject of speculation for many years. "Jock Colville, who was her former private secretary and a director of her bank, "Coutts, estimated her wealth in 1971 at £2 million (equivalent to about £25 million today). In 1993, Buckingham Palace called estimates of £100 million "grossly overstated". She inherited an estimated £70 million estate from her mother in 2002. The "Sunday Times Rich List 2015 estimated her private wealth at £340 million, making her the 302nd richest person in the UK.
The "Royal Collection, which includes thousands of historic works of art and the "Crown Jewels, is not owned by the Queen personally but is held "in trust, as are her official residences, such as "Buckingham Palace and "Windsor Castle, and the "Duchy of Lancaster, a property portfolio valued in 2014 at £442 million. "Sandringham House and "Balmoral Castle are privately owned by the Queen. The British "Crown Estate – with holdings of £9.4 billion in 2014 – is held in trust by the sovereign and cannot be sold or owned by Elizabeth in a private capacity.
Titles, styles, honours, and arms
Titles and styles
Elizabeth has held many titles and honorary military positions throughout the Commonwealth, is Sovereign of many orders in her own countries, and has received honours and awards from around the world. In each of her realms she has a distinct title that follows a similar formula: Queen of Jamaica and her other realms and territories in Jamaica, Queen of Australia and her other realms and territories in Australia, etc. In the "Channel Islands and "Isle of Man, which are "Crown dependencies rather than separate realms, she is known as "Duke of Normandy and "Lord of Mann, respectively. Additional styles include "Defender of the Faith and "Duke of Lancaster. When in conversation with the Queen, the practice is to initially address her as Your Majesty and thereafter as Ma'am.
From 21 April 1944 until her accession, Elizabeth's arms consisted of a "lozenge bearing the "royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom differenced with a "label of three points "argent, the centre point bearing a "Tudor rose and the first and third a "cross of St George. Upon her accession, she inherited the various arms her father held as sovereign. The Queen also possesses "royal standards and personal flags for use in "the United Kingdom, "Canada, "Australia, "New Zealand, "Jamaica, "Barbados, and "elsewhere.
|Name||Birth||Marriage||Their children||Their grandchildren|
|"Prince Charles, Prince of Wales||14 November 1948||29 July 1981
Divorced 28 August 1996
|"Lady Diana Spencer||"Prince William, Duke of Cambridge||"Prince George of Cambridge
"Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
|"Prince Henry of Wales|
|9 April 2005||"Camilla Parker Bowles|
|"Princess Anne, Princess Royal||15 August 1950||14 November 1973
Divorced 28 April 1992
|"Mark Phillips||"Peter Phillips||Savannah Phillips
|"Zara Tindall||Mia Tindall|
|12 December 1992||"Timothy Laurence|
|"Prince Andrew, Duke of York||19 February 1960||23 July 1986
Divorced 30 May 1996
|"Sarah Ferguson||"Princess Beatrice of York|
|"Princess Eugenie of York|
|"Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex||10 March 1964||19 June 1999||"Sophie Rhys-Jones||"Lady Louise Windsor|
|"James, Viscount Severn|
- See "Queen's Official Birthday for an explanation of why Elizabeth II's official birthdays are not on the same day as her actual one.
- These countries are listed in the order of their original accession to the Commonwealth.
- Her godparents were: King George V and Queen Mary; Lord Strathmore; "Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught (her paternal great-granduncle); "Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles (her paternal aunt); and "Lady Elphinstone (her maternal aunt).
- Television coverage of the coronation was instrumental in boosting the medium's popularity; the number of "television licences in the United Kingdom doubled to 3 million, and many of the more than 20 million British viewers watched television for the first time in the homes of their friends or neighbours. In North America, just under 100 million viewers watched recorded broadcasts.
- Canada has used three different versions of the arms during her reign. This version was used between 1957 and 1994.
- "Bartram, Graham (2010). Flying Flags in the United Kingdom: A Guide to Britain's Flag Protocol (PDF). Flag Institute. pp. 15–16. "ISBN "978-0-9513286-1-3.
- Bradford, p. 22; Brandreth, p. 103; Marr, p. 76; Pimlott, pp. 2–3; Lacey, pp. 75–76; Roberts, p. 74
- Hoey, p. 40
- Brandreth, p. 103; Hoey, p. 40
- Brandreth, p. 103
- Pimlott, p. 12
- Williamson, p. 205
- Lacey, p. 56; Nicolson, p. 433; Pimlott, pp. 14–16
- Crawford, p. 26; Pimlott, p. 20; Shawcross, p. 21
- Brandreth, p. 124; Lacey, pp. 62–63; Pimlott, pp. 24, 69
- Brandreth, pp. 108–110; Lacey, pp. 159–161; Pimlott, pp. 20, 163
- Brandreth, pp. 108–110
- Brandreth, p. 105; Lacey, p. 81; Shawcross, pp. 21–22
- Brandreth, pp. 105–106
- Bond, p. 8; Lacey, p. 76; Pimlott, p. 3
- Lacey, pp. 97–98
- Marr, pp. 78, 85; Pimlott, pp. 71–73
- Brandreth, p. 124; Crawford, p. 85; Lacey, p. 112; Marr, p. 88; Pimlott, p. 51; Shawcross, p. 25
- "Her Majesty The Queen: Early life and education". Royal Household. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
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