Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at age 25 on February 6, 1952, upon the untimely death of her father – King George VI. She is the first British monarch to achieve 70 years of reign. 

“As we mark this anniversary, I am pleased to renew the pledge I made in 1947, that my life would be wholly devoted to your service,” she wrote in a hand-signed message published to mark the occasion and signed “your servant Elizabeth R.”

She has spent her anniversary in a quiet, private way, just as she did when she had taken the throne in 1952. 

Officially, there are four days of festivities to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, scheduled for June 2 (the day of her coronation in 1953). People will celebrate throughout participating with a large concert with many stars, military parade and Big Jubilee Lunch.

Queen Elizabeth II is definitely a remarkable character.  She faced many crises and scandals, but she stays intact and for some people, almost saintly.  The most recent scandal is probably the one associated with accusations of sexual assault by her son – Andrew.  She is forced to live through it alone as she had lost her husband – Philip in April 2021. 

She certainly has gone on to be part of many other milestones, including welcoming a new millennium, meeting 13 American presidents, celebrating numerous Jubilees, watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up, granting permission for their weddings (and seeing many of those marriages collapse), dealing with coronavirus and Brexit and other British political crises.

A few recent appearances before her official Platinum Jubilee where she was walking with a cane in her hand show her delicacy. “For worried Britons, it is another sign of her fragility and a wistful reminder that the second Elizabethan Age is coming to an end” – New York Times.

news written by Nina Ambroży from 3 G , edited by Ms J. Wołkowicka

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