Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at 96, ruled the United Kingdom for over 70 years. She had shared many incredibly inspiring wisdom-filled remarks as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
The British adored her monarch. Maybe because she doesn’t talk about politics, it’s often said she’s never stepped in the wrong place, which is true, but she understands the value of silence, not displaying her personal views, and not reacting to the audience. The queen listens more than she speaks, but she is always well prepared and steers the conversation by asking questions. She was only ten years old when she realized the magnitude of her future responsibilities as the heir presumptive. There is a great deal to be learned in this blog about the charismatic and tenacious monarch who ruled for 44 years.
The blog contains an excerpt about her childhood and early life, including her monarchy reign, her friendship with Winston Churchill, how she worked as a driver and auto mechanic and about one of her visits to India.
Childhood and Early Life
The first child of the Duke and Duchess of York was born in 1926 and was named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.
She didn’t, however, become the presumed heir to the kingdom until 1937, when her father assumed the throne as King George VI following his elder brother’s sensational resignation, as dramatized in the Oscar-winning movie “The King’s Speech” and the popular Netflix series “The Crown.”
During her adolescence, Elizabeth is a conscientious, modest, down-to-earth girl who spends many carefree summers in the countryside.
I believe the key to understanding Elizabeth II’s success is to recognize that she was not raised to be a queen over the first 11 years of her life she was royal she developed all the reverence for nobility for her grandfather George V but there was no potential of her becoming queen thus it never went to her head is the foundation of her success.
At 25, Elizabeth succeeded her father as monarch, and Winston Churchill made the proclamation. (Yes! You’ve heard about him in your history books.)
She matured into the position with quiet dignity and a steadfast spirit. When she took office, Britain had already undergone this transformation into a contemporary democracy with an economy based more on services than manufacturing, such as banking and tourism. Her reign saw the end of British imperial control — represented by her famous 1957 visit to southern Africa.
Churchill and Elizabeth- an unlikely friendship
It is highly surprising to know the fact that Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, and Elizabeth shared a strong friendship. Churchill fought five wars for the empire and wants to maintain Britain’s global dominance by force if necessary. Elizabeth favours a loose confederation of states. Five months after her coronation, she embarks on a world tour to promote the commonwealth. Churchill is sceptical of this notion. Despite their differences, the pair who ruled during WWII had a deep and lasting friendship.
Why does Britain love the ‘monarch of over 15 nations’?
Despite being pushed into the spotlight at a young age, she received almost universal acclaim for her unwavering dedication to duty.
During her long reign, Britain transformed from a war-weary, declining imperial power to a modern multi-cultural country that rarely looked to its monarch for leadership but held her in high regard. Elizabeth’s reign also saw many storms, both public and personal, as the monarchy tried to keep pace with changing times.
In 2022, the queen addressed the nation on Commonwealth Day. She quoted that
She believes that making peace with our past is essential to forging a more cohesive country. She interacted and conversed casually with many regular people from all facets of Northern Irish society. This was a bridge-building project that she enthusiastically undertook with commitment.
Elizabeth II inherited a monarchy whose influence in public life appeared to have increased despite the monarchy’s political power having been slowly declining since the 18th century. In the 20th century, they expected monarchs to carry out their ceremonial obligations and to loosen up sufficiently to share and appreciate the tastes of the common people.
Queen’s Monarchy Explained
In 2022, the queen traced her Platinum Jubilee as ascending to the throne at 25 in 1952. Queen Elizabeth is the monarch of over 15 countries, including Canada and others in Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, besides the United Kingdom (UK). We refer to these as the Commonwealth realms. They differ from the Commonwealth of Nations, a loose confederation of fifty-four countries that were once part of the British Empire but are no longer subjects of the queen.
These countries are all sovereign and self-governing states. Still, the queen’s role is controversial in many places, as many countries gained independence through rebellions against British colonial rule. The queen’s primary function is to represent an impartial symbol of the nation, constitutional coherency, and moral authority—official documents are stamped with the royal seal, and the queen’s smiling face appears on local currency.
Queen Elizabeth’s visit to India
She was the first British monarch to ascend to the throne following India’s independence from colonial rule in 1952, and she treasured the warmth and hospitality she received during her three Official Visits to the country during her reign, in 1961, 1983, and 1997.
Princess Auto Mechanic!
Elizabeth was just 13 when the Second World War started in 1939. Princess Elizabeth requested to join the British Army to aid in the war, but they turned her down.
Since no previous female members of the royal family had ever joined the Army, she had to fight a year-long battle with her relatives to enlist. In February 1945, when she was 19 years old, she enlisted herself in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) wing as Elizabeth Windsor. Later, after completing her training, she was hired as a driver and auto mechanic, responsible for maintaining vehicles’ engines. She passed the military driving test after six months of training.
She also learned how to disassemble and rebuild engines, replace tires, and drive a variety of vehicles, including trucks and jeeps. She gained notoriety as the “Princess Auto Mechanic.” Later, she was elevated to the rank of Junior Commander, which was comparable to a male holding the office of captain.
Elizabeth mentioned that getting oil and dirt marks on her hands while working was one of her favorite parts of the job during a magazine interview. As more than just a queen, she became the first female member of the royal family to join the military. She also took part in World War II as the only head of state.
At 96, the Queen passed away
Charles, the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and the legitimate heir to the British throne, expressed his and his family’s “greatest sadness” over his mother’s passing on Thursday. The world will mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for the longest period in British history before she passed away at age 96. She was one of the last monarchs to be born during the zenith of European royalty when kings and queens held real political authority.