Queen Elizabeth has sparked outrage amongst animal rights groups after it emerged that all of her racing pigeons died during quarantine…
Since her coronation on February 6th, 1952, she surpassed Queen Victoria’s old record of sixty-three years on the throne in 2015.
This is her father, King George VI, on a stamp from the year 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Here she is with her parents, sister, and the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill.
Elizabeth’s father appointed her colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards and she made her first public appearances inspecting her troops.
Elizabeth, the King’s first-born, automatically became the Queen of England.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Their first child, Charles, was born in 1948, and is pictured on the left. Their second child, Anne, soon followed in 1950.
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.
And it has a lot to do with her very own pigeons.
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.
So it’s a pretty big deal for the Queen and her birds.
And this has caused outrage amongst animal rights activists.
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.
They also discovered that some of the birds who performed poorly had their necks brutally broken by heartless workers of the event.
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.”
“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.”
And let’s also hope that she will put a stop to this barbaric practice soon.