The great moments of the reign of Elizabeth II

Highlights of the reign of Elizabeth II


Here are some key moments that marked the reign of Elizabeth II. 

1947: Solemn Promise

< p>During a trip to Cape Town (South Africa) with her family, Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne, pledges to devote her life to serving her subjects, in the United Kingdom and in the countries of the Commonwealth. < /p>

“I declare before you that I dedicate my life, whether short or long, to your service and to the service of the great imperial family to which we all belong,” she proclaimed on her 21st birthday.

1952: The Princess becomes Queen

Her father King George VI died of cancer at the age of 56 on February 6, 1952 while Elizabeth was visiting Kenya with her husband Prince Philip. 

Aged only 25, she returned urgently to Great Britain.

1953: The coronation

On June 2, 1953, the queen was crowned during a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London. It was the first major international event broadcast on television. 

1977: Silver Jubilee< /p>

To mark her 25 years on the throne, the Queen is touring the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries.

The British celebrate the event with street parties, a clearing in the midst of economic gloom, between industrial decline and social conflict.

The Sex Pistols, a punk rock group, spoil the party a bit with their song “God Save The Queen”, the first real affront to the monarchy described as a “fascist regime”.


1992: “Annus horribilis”

It was one of the darkest years of the reign of Elizabeth II who would call it “annus horribilis in her Christmas wishes.

In 1992, three of his four children separated, and his beloved Windsor Castle was ravaged by fire.

1997: Death of Diana

La Diana's death in a car accident in Paris has deeply shaken the British royal family.

Elizabeth II's decision to stay at Balmoral Castle in Scotland is misunderstood.

In the country the popular emotion is enormous and the bouquets of flowers accumulate in front of the palace of Buckingham. The Queen finally addresses the nation from her palace.

2002: Golden Jubilee

The Queen celebrates 50 years of reign with a concert at Buckingham Palace. Rock band Queen guitarist Brian May plays the national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” perched on the rooftop. One million people gather on the Mall, the wide avenue that leads to the palace, to take part in the celebrations.

These demonstrations of popular fervor put balm in the heart of the Queen, who a few months earlier lost her mother the Queen Mother and her sister Princess Margaret.

2011: State visit to Ireland

The visit marks the first visit by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since its independence in 1922. Seen as the final stage of a delicate peace process in Northern Ireland, it is surrounded by an unprecedented safety device.

With tact and diplomacy, the queen, who is spoken in Irish, succeeds in defusing tensions enough to allow a walkabout.

2012: Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee

Lavish celebrations are organized for four days for the diamond jubilee (60 years of reign) of the sovereign. The Queen travels to the four corners of the country while other members of the Royal Family visit Commonwealth countries.

For the Olympic Games of London organized the same year, the monarch does not hesitate to play with her image, appearing in a video alongside her beloved corgis and actor Daniel Craig in the skin of James Bond.

2021: Pandemic and fears for her health

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, the Queen was forced to self-isolate at Windsor Castle.

She then shows up with addresses to the nation, engagements conducted online and reappears in public as soon as restrictions are eased, such as at the G7 summit.

Her health, however, raises concerns after it was revealed that the Queen spent a night in hospital for check-ups in October 2021 and then canceled a series of engagements.

She has tested positive for COVID -19 on February 20, 2022.

2022: Platinum Jubilee and death

On February 6, 2022, she became the first British monarch to reach the milestone 70 years of reign. She drastically reduced her commitments due to difficulties in getting around, delegating more and more of her functions to her son Charles.

From June 2 to 5, the British celebrated for four days her 70 years of reign . Elizabeth II appears twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of people. She is frail but smiling.

September 8, two days after the Queen met new Prime Minister Liz Truss at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland to ask her to form a government, the palace announces that her “concerned” doctors recommend that she remain under medical supervision.

Her death is announced shortly after 6:30 p.m. local time.< /p>