Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th Accession Anniversary
The Iconic British Monarch’s Message
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over England for 70 years, making her the longest-reigning British monarch and one of the world’s longest-reigning female heads of state.
She has seen several momentous political changes in that time, such as decolonization and the end of the Cold War. She is also well-known for her love of horses and dogs.
Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of her coronation, so Queen Elizabeth II has released a statement to commemorate the occasion. She reflects on her long reign and thanks her subjects for their support over the years. She has become an icon for England and the whole world.
She is a historical figure and has conquered the sympathy of many people worldwide.
The Queen has always shown herself to be a gracious leader loved by her people. She is an inspiration to all, and England is proud to have her as their monarch.
Congratulations on your Platinum Jubilee, Your Majesty! We wish you many more years of health and happiness.
As you probably know, her role nowadays is more of a symbol than anything else. Great Britain is what you would call a democratic monarchy, which means that the Queen’s power is limited by parliament. England has a prime minister, who is elected every five years and has the real executive power of England.
Her role was more important in the past when England had colonies worldwide, and they were still powerful economically speaking. Now England and its sister countries are just one big family, as you can see with Brexit. Each country makes its own decisions, but they are united under one Queen (and flag).
The oldest symbol she represents nowadays is probably her love for horses, which dates back to ancient times when England used to have wars with other European tribes like France or Germany; she also likes dogs.
More striking to me is her Statement. She claims that Charles will become King, and most curiously, she refers to Camilla as Queen Consort.
In England, the consort of the King is not a queen and does not have any official title. She is usually just called Princess Consort. So I’m not sure what this means for Camilla’s future role in England.
Significant moments of Queen Elizabeth’s Reign:
- Coronation (1952)
- Accession to the throne (1952)
- Death of George VI (1952)
- Marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (1981)
- Dissolution of the Monarchy in Grenada (1983)
- War with Argentina over the Falkland Islands (1982)
- Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (1986)
- Peace Agreement between England and Northern Ireland (1998)
- The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2012)
- Brexit Referendum (2016)
- The Queen’s 90th Birthday (2016)
- Death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2021)
Seventy years ago, a young woman ascended to the throne of one of the most powerful countries in the world. She has seen war and peace, triumphs and tragedies in that time. But through it all, Queen Elizabeth II has remained steadfast, always grateful for the love and support of her subjects. She is an icon not just for England but for all of us who believe in the power of democracy and decency. Long may she reign.
So what do you think about the monarchy? Let me know in the comments!