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Queen Elizabeth II

Major Events in Reign and Interesting Facts



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Elizabeth II in yellow hat
Queen Elizabeth II
Source: NASA
Major Events in Reign

A timeline of the major events during Queen Elizabeth's reign as Queen of Britain:

1952 - Her father King George VI dies and Elizabeth becomes Queen.

1953 - The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

1956 - Britain and France invade Egypt in an attempt to regain control of the Suez Canal. The result is the Suez Crisis.

1957 - With the help of her advisors, Elizabeth selects Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister of Britain.

1960 - Her sister, Princess Margaret, marries Tony Armstrong-Jones. Elizabeth gives birth to her third child, Prince Andrew.

1964 - Elizabeth gives birth to her fourth child, Prince Edward.

1969 - Her son Charles is announced as the official heir to the throne and is named Prince of Wales.

1976 - She opened the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

1977 - Elizabeth celebrates her Silver Jubilee on her 25th anniversary as Queen.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of Britain.

Talking with Winston Churchill and her two children
Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Source: United Kingdom Government


1981 - Prince Charles marries Lady Diana in one of the most popular weddings in history.

1982 - Queen Elizabeth II receives Pope John Paul II on his visit to England. It is the first time a reigning pope visited the United Kingdom.

1991- She addresses a joint meeting of the United States Congress following the coalition victory in the Gulf War.

1992 - This was a year of sadness for the Queen in her personal life. She called this year her "annus horribulis", or "horrible year." During 1992, Prince Charles formally separated from his wife Lady Diana, Princess Anne divorced her husband, and Prince Andrew separated from his wife. To add insult to injury, Windsor Castle caught fire and suffered extensive damage.

1997 - Princess Diana is killed in a car crash. Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech the day before Diana's funeral.

The queen riding to the trouping the colour
The queen riding to trooping the colour, 1986
Author: Sandpiper via Wikimedia Commons


2002 - The Queen's mother passes at the age of 101 and her sister, Princess Margaret dies at the age of 71. The same year Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee marking her 50th year as Queen of Britain.

2011 - Her grandson Prince William, second in line to the throne, gets married to Catherine Middleton.

2012 - Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee for 60 years as monarch.

2015 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning British monarch surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Interesting Facts about Queen Elizabeth II

The queen and Prince Philip leaving an airplane
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip disembark, 1991
Author: SRA Jerry Wilson
The queen riding a carriage
The queen riding a carriage, 2008
Author: Ibagli via Wikimedia Commons


Bibliography: Queen Elizabeth II Biography Contents
  1. Queen Elizabeth II - Early Life
  2. Life as Queen, Family, Politics
  3. Major Events in Reign and Interesting Facts
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