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Wikipedia Summary for Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.

Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). Her father ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth – then 25 years old – became head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. She has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom, accession of the United Kingdom to the European Communities, Brexit, Canadian patriation, and the decolonisation of Africa.

Between 1956 and 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence, and as realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (renamed Sri Lanka), became republics. Her many historic visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. Significant events have included her coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively. In 2017, she became the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee. In 2021, after 73 years of marriage, her husband Prince Philip died at the age of 99.

Elizabeth is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, the longest-serving female head of state in world history, the world's oldest living monarch, longest-reigning current monarch, and oldest and longest-serving current head of state. Elizabeth has occasionally faced republican sentiments and press criticism of the royal family, in particular after the breakdown of her children's marriages, her annus horribilis in 1992, and the death in 1997 of her former daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales. However, support for the monarchy in the United Kingdom has been and remains consistently high, as does her personal popularity.

Quote: It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind.


Quote: Good memories are our second chance at happiness. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Good memories are our second chance at happiness.


Quote: Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.


Quote: When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of silhouette of person spreading hands
Photo Credit: Debby Hudson

When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.


Quote: There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.


Quote: Grief is the price we pay for love. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
Photo Credit: Anna Pavlin

Grief is the price we pay for love.


Quote: Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.


Quote: It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all.


Quote: What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of woman in gray knit sweater covering her face with her hand
Photo Credit: Liz Fitch

What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass.


Quote: I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It's unfair. If a man looks solemn, it's automatically assumed he's a serious person, not a miserable one. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It's unfair. If a man looks solemn, it's automatically assumed he's a serious person, not a miserable one.


Quote: For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down.


Quote: I hope people will think very carefully about the future. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of person holding brown sand close-up photography
Photo Credit: Kunj Parekh

I hope people will think very carefully about the future.


Quote: We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.


Quote: Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
Photo Credit: Ryan 'O' Niel

Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation.


Quote: I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.


Quote: To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.


Quote: In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.


Quote: Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God's Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of Queen Elizabeth II quote: Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God's Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.- black text on quotes background

Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God's Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.


Quote: I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.


Quote: I have to be seen to be believed. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I have to be seen to be believed.


Quote: I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of Queen Elizabeth II quote: I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.- black text on quotes background

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.




Quote: No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.


Quote: For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.




Quote: Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.


Quote: True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.


Quote: I believe that there is a great fear in our generation of being labeled as priggish. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog sitting on gray carpet
Photo Credit: Lucrezia Carnelos

I believe that there is a great fear in our generation of being labeled as priggish.


Quote: Think what we would have missed if we had never ... used a mobile phone or surfed the Net -- or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime
Photo Credit: Susan Toyofuku

Think what we would have missed if we had never ... used a mobile phone or surfed the Net -- or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net.


Quote: For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.


Quote: Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of Queen Elizabeth II quote: Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.- black text on quotes background

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.


Quote: The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually, your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of Queen Elizabeth II quote; white text on black background

The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually, your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.


Quote: Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.


Quote: The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.


Quote: Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.


Quote: It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.


Quote: I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.




Quote: My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.


Quote: I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God's Will, united in spirit and in aim. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of Queen Elizabeth II quote: I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God's Will, united in spirit and in aim.- black text on quotes background

I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God's Will, united in spirit and in aim.


Quote: The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.


Quote: I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.


Quote: To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible? by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?


Quote: At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.


Quote: The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.


Quote: Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.


Quote: I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else -- I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else -- I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.


Quote: We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.


Quote: It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime. by author Queen Elizabeth II overlaid on photo of photo of author Queen Elizabeth II with quote

It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.


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