Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch of all time, and she has been ruling the United Kingdom and many other parts of the world for over sixty-five years now.
She is perhaps one of the most loved and admired women in the entire world, and last night, she gave her fifth-ever national address to the people of the UK.
There was just one problem – it didn’t exactly go down well with the British public …
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, whole 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 of 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.
So, naturally, people have been worrying about her health a lot. And with the virus proving to be deadly, we’re hoping that the Queen is practicing social-distancing properly.
Regardless, the British government is extremely prepared for when this will happen…
Operation “London Bridge Is Down” has been organized by Buckingham Palace, the British government, and the BBC.
This will be the code word issued when the Queen unfortunately passes, and the government and media will know what to do from thereon.
Usually, the Prime Minister, in this case, Boris Johnson, and Her Royal Highness would meet to discuss current affairs in a twenty-minute conversation, but given the situation, they have had to have the discussion over a phone call.
It shows a split-screen with the Queen in the top half and Boris Johnson on the bottom.
And it’s fascinating to see what her home looks like. The details are so interesting. From her corgis and statues of other canines to the vintage phone she’s holding.
And we’re totally here for it.
On the fireplace mantle were some of her horse racing trophies. The queen owns a number of thoroughbreds and usually, she enters in competitions where she can claim some awards.
The Royal Family has recently been through a tough time. It was recently announced by Clarence House, that Prince Charles has been tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating in his own home. We hope he has a speedy recovery.
And last night, she took to the television to address the British public amid the current pandemic.
And the fact she chose to speak really shows the severity of the current situation.
Say what you like about the Queen, but she knows how to make a speech.
A huge segment of the British public chose to tune in.
But hey – it’s good to be clear and direct (hey, Trump?).
There was a certain level of patriotic spirit brought about by the address.
Because she didn’t actually offer any productive solutions to the UK.
When you put it like that, it does sound a little hypocritical…
The Queen seemed rather out of touch with the general experience of the British public.
She does seem a better leader than the alternative.
And for more of Her Majesty, scroll on for the subtle shade she threw to President Trump…