“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” Haven’t we heard it a billion times and more, yet with unfathomable poise, confidence, grace, and dignity, even in the face of raging storms, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-living and longest-reigning monarch, the world’s longest-reigning queen regnant and female head of state, now officially the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 worthy years on the throne, though petite in stature, commands unrivaled authority and reverence as one of the most respected figures across the globe.
Today May 28th we duff our hearts in honor of the Queen’s historic milestone, far-reaching significant impacts, extraordinary reign, and exemplary life of service!
The 96-year-old British Royal officially acceded to the throne after the death of her father King George VI (1952) on 2 June 1953 at age 25 as British Prime Minister and has ever since left indelible legacies in the sands of time, spanning across government, politics, ceremonial and humanitarian deeds as well as notably modernizing many aspects of the monarchy, making it more sensitive to the public, as can be seen with her boldly embracing of the media.
The ever inspiring Queen Elizabeth 11, a woman of firsts in 1991, became the first British monarch to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
A firm believer of unity, peace, and harmony regardless of diversity, Her Majesty serves as Head of the Commonwealth, comprising 53 sovereign nations that include many former British territories where she lends unwavering support. As Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Queen under her able and strong leadership stands as a unifying force for the nations of the Commonwealth.
Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, the first child of the then-Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, a young Elizabeth had little chance of assuming the throne as her father was a younger son (second) of King George V, but in late 1936, her uncle, King Edward VIII, who had little interest in royal duties abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson and fate had no option than to pave way for her father to become King George VI. At age 10 she became the heir presumptive to the throne.
Her Majesty is noted for her utmost dedication pulling through a calendar of engagements, and ceremonial visits including hosting and visiting Heads of State, leading the nation in Remembrance as well as rendering voluntary service via charities. She also powers her annual programme of Investitures with a lens set on honoring outstanding service and achievements.
On November 20, 1947, at age 21, then-Princess Elizabeth wed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 26. The couple would go on to have four children together: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. They admirably stayed married for 73 years, until the Prince died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
A power leader who admirably stood still against the most intimidating of uncertainty and threats against the monarchy, remolding and growing an almost failing Commonwealth under her stewardship, from eight members to 54, Her Majesty’s leadership is undoubtedly worthy of accolades and emulation.
A life of service ever passionate about her people, not handing her gloves anytime soon, Queen Elizabeth’s drive is even stronger than ever: “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.”
Long Live The Queen! Your legacy forever lives on!