Queen Elizabeth II was one of the longest reigning monarchs in history. She was proclaimed queen on February 6, 1952, the day her dear father King George VI died, and ruled for 70 years.  Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, in Westminster Abbey. It was the first coronation of a British monarch that was broadcast on television.

Queen Elizabeth II. Source: tsn

The beginning of her reign was marked by an upswing of optimism in Britain and the Commonwealth. After World War II, the new "Elizabethan era" was like a breath of fresh air. Over the years the monarch has seen many countries, outlived lots of UK politicians and prime ministers and even her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021. By the way, Elizabeth got married on November 20, 1947, and their marriage lasted 74 years. Four children were born to the couple: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Source: tsn

In February 2022, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 70th birthday on the throne. Large-scale celebrations were held in early June 2022. Her eldest son Prince Charles of Wales, 73, is her successor. 

Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William. Source: tsn

At the end of 2021, the first news began to appear in the press that Elizabeth II had some health problems. Doctors did not reveal exactly what those problems were. But many of the queen's events were cancelled. Increasingly, the royal family members and relatives appeared at events for her instead. Her son Charles and grandson William took on most of the responsibilities.

On September 6, the monarch welcomed her 15th prime minister, Liz Truss, to Balmoral, and for the first time in her 70 years in power, she did not go to Buckingham Palace for this important audience.

Queen Elizabeth II and Liz Truss. Source: tsn

Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral will take place on the 10th or 12th day after her death. People will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the monarch, the coffin containing her body will be in Westminster Abbey all the time. After that the coffin with the monarch's body will be taken to Windsor Castle. Elizabeth II will be buried at St. George's Chapel next to her father, her mother Elizabeth. and her sister Princess Margaret. The body of her husband, Prince Philip, will then be reburied in the same chapel.

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