Triumphs of Queen’s ‘Happy and Glorious’ Record Reign

Queen Elizabeth II has had many ups and downs during her 70-year reign (Photo: Danny Lawson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

When Elizabeth became queen, it was hoped she would continue to strengthen the future of the monarchy still haunted by the humiliation of the abdication crisis. But despite Elizabeth’s best efforts, her reign was not always happy and glorious.

Steve Cain looks at some of the defining moments of the Second Elizabethan Age, beginning with the events that gave rise to celebrations.

1953 – The Coronation – Coronation Day, June 2, 1953, was marked by an eruption of patriotic fervor. Although the sky was gray, crowds lined the streets in the early morning.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee takes place this year (Photo: Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Everyone was determined to celebrate the dawn of a new era – and they did. Neighbors crowned their own “queens” and sat in front of lavish coronation buffets, while souvenir hunters bought everything from coronation storybooks to mugs. Around 20 million people watched Elizabeth on their screens as she accepted the scepter and crown from the Archbishop of Canterbury before walking down the aisle of Westminster Abbey to become queen. For the queen herself, the ceremony and the presence of television cameras were a test of her composure which she passed with flying colors.

1977 – The Silver Jubilee – The Silver Jubilee reaffirms the magic of the monarchy. Suddenly, the nation came alive, united in a glittering celebration of the Queen’s 25-year reign. It was a gray day, but the queen shone pink. The wave of warmth and emotion was overwhelming – a true bond between a monarch and his people. In a speech, the Queen reminded the nation of the promise she made six years before her coronation: “When I was 21, I committed my life to the service of our people…I neither regret nor don’t take a word out of it.”

1981 – The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer – As the coronation and silver jubilee, the wedding of the Prince of Wales, the Queen’s eldest child and heir apparent, and Lady Diana Spencer captured the imagination of the country and became a huge spectacle with crowds of 600,000 filling the streets of London. A congregation of 3,500 people were at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, and an estimated 750 million more people watched on television. For Elizabeth, the marriage of her son and heir represented not only the continuation of the House of Windsor but also the future of the monarchy.

1982 – The birth of Prince William – The Queen already had two grandchildren when the new Princess of Wales gave birth to Prince William on June 21, 1982. However, William’s birth was not just a source of personal joy for her. the queen, but another continuation. to the Windsor line. The little boy became the second (behind his father, Prince Charles) in the line of succession, further cementing the continuity of the monarchy. The Queen and Prince William share a particularly close relationship.

Queen Elizabeth II in Deptford, during a walkabout to commemorate her Silver Jubilee in 1977 (Photo: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In 2016, William said of his relationship with his grandmother: “Growing up, having this figurehead, having this stability above me has been amazing. I appreciate and greatly appreciate this protection.

1986 – Queen’s 60th birthday.

The Queen’s 60th birthday celebration on April 21, 1986 saw a much more relaxed monarch than on any previous major occasion. On the big day, she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who married later that year. They were greeted with joy and 6,000 children holding daffodils sang Happy Birthday to the Queen.

ITN news presenter Sir Trevor MacDonald said: ‘We tend to take the Queen for granted. But the most amazing thing I have found is the esteem in which she is held throughout the Commonwealth. She is universally adored.

Queen Elizabeth II takes a walk (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)

2002 – The Golden Jubilee.

The new millennium brought renewed optimism for the royal family as it sought to emerge from the damaging and tragic events of the 1990s.

Although she lost her sister and mother earlier in the year, the Jubilee celebrations were a success. An estimated one million people turned out for each of the three-day celebratory events held in London in a resounding show of support for the sovereign. The enthusiasm shown gave credence to the theory that, despite the turbulent relationship between the Palace and the media, public support for Elizabeth remained strong.

2011 – The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Prince’s Trust Center in Kennington, London (Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

The Queen was “absolutely delighted” to give her formal consent to William and Kate’s wedding, as required by the now repealed Royal Marriages Act 1772, on the morning of November 16, 2010.

As Prince William was not heir apparent, the wedding, which took place on April 29, 2011, was not a state occasion in its own right, although it was declared a public holiday in the UK. United. More than a million people lined the streets between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of the happy couple. On the morning of the wedding, the Queen bestowed the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the couple.

2012 – The Diamond Jubilee

In 2012, Queen Elizabeth celebrated sixty years on the throne with events across the UK and across the Commonwealth. In a message on Accession Day in February, Her Majesty said: “I hope this Jubilee Year will be a time to give thanks for the great progress that has been made since 1952 and to look to the future. with lucidity and warmth. heart.”

The Queen and Prince Philip traveled extensively in the UK while her children and grandchildren made royal visits to members of the Commonwealth on her behalf.

2013 – The birth of Prince George.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting their first child in December 2012, and on July 22, 2013, Prince George’s arrival was announced by Buckingham Palace. A future king had been born, the House of Windsor had a new generation and for only the second time in history three direct heirs to the British throne were alive at the same time – the last time in 1894 when the great-grandson of Queen Victoria, the future Edward VIII, was born. The reaction from the public and the media has been unprecedented.

The Queen celebrates seven decades on the throne this year and we want your help to make our straight royal blanket even more special.

Her Majesty becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Events and initiatives will take place throughout 2022, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from June 2-5.

During her 70-year reign, the Queen visited every corner of the country, with millions of loyal subjects there to greet her.

She hosted garden parties at Buckingham Palace, honored hundreds of you from our communities who have made a difference in the lives of those around you.

From walks to investitures, civil servants to cooks, royal outfitters to radio DJs, entertainers to head teachers, ship launches to opening venues, the Queen has performed thousands of royal duties and met people from all over horizons.

Many of you, our audience across JPIMedia, have had the privilege of sharing some precious moments with His Royal Highness. And we would like you to share these exciting experiences with us.

Maybe you were the bridesmaid who presented the queen with a bouquet when she arrived? Or you were the host when she visited your town or city. You may have caught his eye on a walk, attended a VIP garden party, or received an honor. Or it could have been a chance encounter.

Tell us what was the occasion and preparation for those special seconds when we commoners came face to face with the Queen.

What did she say? What did you say? How special are your memories?

Your personal memories are the focus of our coverage of his 70 “happy and glorious” years reigning over us.

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