The British might have left America over two centuries ago, but our fascination with the royal family seems to have only grown! American tabloids and magazines too, have embraced the royal buzz right along side with our homegrown celebrities. Maybe it's all those fancy titles that make them oh so charming and fairy-tale like?
One of the monarchs in particular that has grabbed our attention for decades is Queen Elizabeth II, who at 90-years of age is still just as fascinating as ever. Born officially as Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, she was the oldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I. In 1947 she married the Duke of Edinburg, Philip Mountbatten, with whom she had two children.
Being the daughter of the second son of then King George V and Queen Mary, no one imagined Princess Elizabeth to be an heir apparent, and as such she grew up happily without any pressures of one day inheriting the throne. History had other things in mind however, and when her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in favor of love, the crown was passed to Elizabeth's father. And upon his unexpectedly early death, at the young age of 25-years-old Princess Elizabeth was given the crown and title of Queen on February 6, 1952.
See, we weren't kidding about fancy titles and story book beginnings!
In a speech in 1947, even before she became the queen, Princess Elizabeth said to the British people,
"My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service."
True to her word, for all these years, she has carried the torch for them through thick and thin! Now at the age of 90, Queen Elizabeth II has added one more accolade to her reign - a Sapphire Jubilee, marking her 65 years of being a British sovereign. In other words, no one's worn that crown any longer!
Thinking of how our world has advanced in terms of technology, diversity, and beliefs, it's amazing to think that the Queen has seen and embraced so many changes. We can only wonder what she has to say about Facebook and iPhones!
While various gun salutes around London celebrated this milestone, The Queen spent it quietly, 110 miles north of London, without any fanfare at her Sandringham country estate in Norfolk, England. This was no different than her previous Accession Day anniversaries, since the day also marks the death of her beloved father.
The Queen is said to very active and engaged with the public even today. Sources say that in 2015, she carried out 306 engagements in the UK and 35 abroad. Compare this to Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry, who managed only 198 engagements between them in the UK and 94 abroad. They've got some big shoes to fill!
From being a mechanic to becoming the Queen; here is video celebrating her 90 years!
Even though a new generation of royals are taking over the British scene, there is nothing that can replace Queen Elizabeth II. She paved the path into a new century and showed not only the people of Britain, but people around the world, what it means to be humble and in service of others. Long reign the Queen!