Queen Elizabeth has sparked outrage amongst animal rights groups after it emerged that all of her racing pigeons died during quarantine...
Queen Elizabeth is the longest-ruling monarch of the United Kingdom.
As with any member of the royal family, her history is pretty well documented.This is her father, King George VI, on a stamp from the year 2012.
You may remember the story of George VI...He was portrayed by Colin Firth in the 2010 movie The King's Speech, which centered around the overcoming of his fear of public speaking.
In 1923, George VI married.He married the Queen's mother and namesake, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Here they are with their parents, The Earl and Countess of Strathmore, the Duchess and Duke of York, and King George V and Queen Mary.
George VI and his wife, Elizabeth, went on to have 2 children...They were Elizabeth, born on April 21st, 1926, and Margaret, born 21st August 1930. Here they are with their mother (second from left) and their father (far right) at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, in 1937.
Queen Elizabeth has very historic ancestors.She had biological ties to the majority of European royalty. Some of her most famous relatives include Queen Victoria I (pictured here) who ruled from 1837 to 1901, and King George III, who ruled from 1760 to 1820.
Queen Elizabeth lived through the second world war...During WWII, she and Margaret were evacuated to Windsor to keep them safely out of London. While there, Elizabeth made her first public appearance by way of radio broadcast. She famously said, "that in the end, all will be well; for God will care for us and give us victory and peace."
This was when Princess Elizabeth first became known to the public.Here she is with her parents, sister, and the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill.
She then began taking on more public duties...Elizabeth's father appointed her colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards and she made her first public appearances inspecting her troops.
But when her father died in February of 1952...
And by 2nd June 1953, Queen Elizabeth had officially taken over the reign.She was crowned at Westminster Abbey at the meager age of twenty-seven. Interestingly, Elizabeth's was the first coronation to be shown on television.
She wasn't ruling totally alone, though.Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten (a distant relative of hers) on November 20th, 1947, when she was just twenty-one. She'd met Philip aged thirteen and the 2 quickly became totally smitten.
Philip wasn't an expected fit for the Queen...Queen Elizabeth was known for being more reserved and thoughtful, while Philip always had a reputation for being a bit bold and brash, and he has always had something of a mixed reputation in high society.
But the pair continue to stand the test of time.Soon after their marriage, they were required to take the last name of Windsor, which caused tension between the pair. There have also been numerous public scandals, including rumors of Philip's infidelity. But to this very day, the couple remain happily married.
The pair wasted no time starting a family...Their first child, Charles, was born in 1948, and is pictured on the left. Their second child, Anne, soon followed in 1950.
The Queen and Phillip have a total of 4 children together...And whilst being a mother and a wife, Queen Elizabeth has successfully ruled the United Kingdom over the years, and she has also made herself into a very loved monarch.
But in more recent times, the Queen has found herself to not be as loved as usual...
It has been reported that the Queen's racing pigeons have all died in quarantine.Her 8 racing pigeons were sent to take part in the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race from their royal loft in Sandringham - which is where they are bred.
The South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race is pretty much the "Pigeon Olympics."So it's a pretty big deal for the Queen and her birds.
However, none of the Queen's pigeons survived the quarantine period spent in crates...And this has caused outrage amongst animal rights activists.
According to animal rights organization PETA...
The quarantine period puts the birds at risk of transmitting diseases, including zoonotic ones, to one another as they are all grouped together for thirty days.
The footage – take at the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race – reveals immense suffering and death. This year… https://t.co/tZwhPvJ9EJ— PETA UK (@PETA UK)1592033760.0
Following an undercover investigation into the event, the organization also claimed that only five of the forty-two pigeons the Queen sent to South Africa in the last 6 years survived.
They also discovered that some of the birds who performed poorly had their necks brutally broken by heartless workers of the event.
The Queen sends pigeons to this deadly race every year. It needs to STOP. Take action: https://t.co/aC47Nik5qg https://t.co/kvQOBeMu9k— PETA UK (@PETA UK)1592033761.0
Many have claimed that the Queen's intentions with her birds are nothing but cruel.
PETA Director Elisa Allen said: "Exploiting the extraordinary homing abilities of pigeons in this cruel manner so as to win a prize purse is extraordinarily callous."
@PETAUK How disgraceful that the Queen is involved with this kind of abuse.— Animal Rescue #SaveOurSmiles! (@Animal Rescue #SaveOurSmiles!)1592072036.0
The animal activists have made a respectful plea to Her Majesty...
"PETA most respectfully urges the Queen to remove the royal loft birds from these deadly races and turn her Sandringham pigeon breeding mill into a sanctuary."
@PETAUK The @RoyalFamily need to explain why this continues. It’s just animal cruelty for no reason other than “tra… https://t.co/9tGnrqS9gU— Jase (@Jase)1592091304.0