Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

September 8, 2022

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On Thursday, September 8th, Buckingham Palace confirmed the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Despite her declining health, the Queen kept up appearances and fulfilled her royal duties until the very end. On June 13th, she celebrated a record-breaking 70 years on the throne, becoming the second-longest reigning monarch in history. Her appearances for the Platinum Jubilee were mostly confined to the balcony and she missed the National Service of Thanksgiving due to discomfort. To open the Jubilee concert, she took part in a sketch with Paddington Bear. In early September, just days before her passing, the Queen appointed her 15th British prime minister, Lizz Truss, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, which marked the first time she did not receive a new prime minister at Buckingham Palace during her historic reign.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21st, 1926, and became queen at just 25 years old when her father died in February 1952. Before that, she and Prince Philip became the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh when they married in November of 1947. Prince Philip passed on April 9th, 2021, just weeks before his 100th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth's coronation was the very first to be televised and was watched by a whopping 27 million people in the UK alone, setting the precedent for the seven historic decades to follow.

The Queen is survived by her four children: Charles, Prince of Wales (who will now take the throne); Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; as well as eight grandchildren including Prince William and Prince Harry. The two brothers have given her five great-grandchildren with their respective wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

To celebrate her nearly 100 years of life and 70 years on the throne, here's a look at Queen Elizabeth II's extraordinary life from the 1930s to the 2020s.

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Princess And Dogs
July 1936: Princess Elizabeth sitting on a garden seat with two corgi dogs at her home on 145 Piccadilly, London.
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Crown Princess Elizabeth with Her Pony
Crown Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain, later Queen Elizabeth II, with her pony, at age 10.
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Princess Elizabeth Playing Tag on Ship
While on board the HMS Vanguard, Crown Princess Elizabeth plays tag with midshipmen.
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Princess Elizabeth
1945: Princess Elizabeth, standing by an Auxiliary Territorial Service first aid truck wearing an officer's uniform.
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Balcony Scene
1953: The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd from the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne stand with her.
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Queen Elizabeth II Waving from Coach
1952: Queen Elizabeth II, 26 years young, is radiantly happy here as she waves and smiles in acknowledgement of the cheers of the crowd as she drove in the state coach to the House of Lords.
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Queen Elizabeth at a Picnic with the Royal Family
Baby Prince Andrew perches on Prince Philip's lap during a picnic on the grounds of Balmoral Castle. Also pictured are Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne.
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Queen Elizabeth Wearing Long Gown and Jeweled Crown
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Queen Elizabeth II with Corgi
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles radiantly during a picture-taking session in the salon at Sandringham House.
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Queen Elizabeth in Garden with Dog
Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis in 1952.
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Queen Elizabeth II of England
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Royal Engagement
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and her fiancé, Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, after their engagement was announced in 1947.
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Royal Couple
1947: Princess Elizabeth and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waving to a crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London shortly after their wedding at Westminster Abbey.
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Queen Elizabeth Ii And Prince Phillip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
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Royal Couple At Balmoral
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Balmoral, Scotland, 1972.
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Prince William's Christening
1982: Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) holding her son Prince William with Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) at Buckingham Palace after Prince William's christening ceremony.
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Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Portrait
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Queen William And Harry
Queen With Prince William & Prince Henry At Polo
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Queen Charles William Philip
The Line Of Succession Of The British Monarchy - Queen Elizabeth II With Her Consort, Prince Philip Posing With Their Son Prince Charles, The Prince Of Wales, And His Son, Prince William.
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GBR: Queen Elizabeth II makes a presentation to Prince Harry at Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth II makes a presentation to Prince Harry after a polo match in 2003.
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Prince Harry Commissioned Officer At Sandhurst
Queen Elizabeth II as a proud grandmother smiles at Prince Harry as she inspects soldiers at their passing-out Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006 in Surrey, England.
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Queen State Diadem
The Queen is wearing a diamond crown known as The State Diadem made for the Coronation Of George LV.
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Chelsea Flower Show - Press & VIP Preview Day
Queen Elizabeth II presents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009.
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Queen Elizabeth II Opens Refurbished East Wing of Somerset House
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she opens the refurbished East Wing of Somerset House in 2011 in London, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh And Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Leicester
Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) watch a fashion show at De Montfort University in 2012 in Leicester, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II Visits The East Midlands
Queen Elizabeth II visits a new maternity ward at the Lister Hospital in 2012 in Stevenage, England.
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A Service Of Commemoration - Afghanistan
2015: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II depart a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan.
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Queen Elizabeth II Visits Berlin
The Queen arrives for a state banquet in her honor at Schloss Bellevue palace.
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First State Visit Of An Irish President
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Trooping The Colour 2016
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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The Patron's Lunch To Celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday
During celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 12, 2016 in London, England.
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The Patron's Lunch To Celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday
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The Queen, Duke Of Edinburgh, Prince Of Wales & Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Poundbury
Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square in 2016.
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The Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With  Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen sits and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in 2018.
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Her Majesty Hosts The Final Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony
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Royal Air Force's 100th Birthday Flypast From Buckingham Palace
(L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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2021 G7 Summit - Day One
Queen Elizabeth II attempts to cut a cake with a sword, lent to her by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho.
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Queen Elizabeth II Records Her Annual Christmas Broadcast
Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in 2021 in Windsor, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Portrait
Queen Elizabeth II is photographed at Sandringham House to commemorate Accession Day, marking the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year, on February 2, 2022 in Sandringham, Norfolk.
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