8 September 2022 is a day that will be remembered forever, as it marks the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and the start of a global mourning period for the beloved monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned in 1952, is the longest-serving monarch in British history, ruling over Britain, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth for a staggering 70 years.
Crowds in Britain have already started gathering outside Buckingham Palace in an outpouring of grief and sadness.
Queen Elizabeth II lived through some of the most extraordinary times in history. During her reign of 70 years and 214 days, she dedicated herself to her public duties to the crown, leading her people throughout countless conflicts around the world, while dealing with her own family’s struggles and scandals.
Queen Elizabeth II – A Timeline
1926: Elizabeth is born, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.
1936: Following her uncle King Edward’s abdication of the thrown in favour of his lover, Wallis Simpson, Elizabeth’s father was crowned King George VI
1947: Princess Elizabeth marries Phillip Mountbatten (former Prince of Greece and Denmark)
1952: Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, passes away. At the age of 25, Elizabeth becomes Queen Regnant of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon.
1953: Princess Elizabeth is officially crowned Queen Elizabeth II
1977: Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her silver jubilee
2002: Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her gold jubilee
2012: Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her diamond jubilee
2021: The Queen’s husband of 73 years, Prince Phillip, passes away aged 99
2022: Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her platinum jubilee
8 September 2022: Queen Elizabeth II passes away peacefully. Her first-born son, Prince Charles, automatically becomes King Charles. His wife, Camilla, is now known as the Queen Consort.
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