Elizabeth II 1926-2022 | A life in the spotlight

From her birth to her death, marriages and divorces, minor and major tragedies, travels around the world, work, family… Elizabeth II’s whole life played out in front of the cameras.

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April 21, 1926


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Elisabeth Alexandra Mary was born in the London home of the Duke and Duchess of York, future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. His sister Margaret was born in 1930.

December 11, 1936


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Young Elizabeth becomes heir to the crown when her father ascends the throne following the abdication of her brother Edward VIII.

September 13, 1940


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First broadcast speech by 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth. It is aimed at British children who fled abroad because of the war. She and her sister Margaret spent much of the war at Windsor Castle while their parents were at Buckingham Palace in London. Four years later she enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary and became a mechanic.

November 20, 1947


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Elizabeth marries her third cousin Philip of Greece. Heir apparent Charles was born in 1948, followed by Anne in 1950, Andrew in 1960 and Edward in 1964.

February 6, 1952


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While Elizabeth stands in for her ailing father on a tour of the Commonwealth, the king dies. Elizabeth heard the news from her husband, Prince Philip, at a lodge where they were staying in Kenya.

June 2, 1953


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The Queen will be crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, which will be broadcast live on radio and television in 44 languages.

July 29, 1981


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Charles’ Wedding of the Century to Diana Spencer. The couple’s very quickly apparent disagreement dealt a severe blow to the monarchy.

December 25, 1992


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Elizabeth II conjures up an annus horribilis during which three of her four children are separated and her beloved Windsor Castle is devastated by fire.

Aug. 31, 1997


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Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen remains at Balmoral Castle in Scotland while flowers and tributes pile up outside Buckingham Palace in London. His lack of reaction, not keeping pace with popular emotions, arouses misunderstanding and criticism.

February and March 2002


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With “The Queen Mother”, in 2000

Death of his sister Margaret on February 9, just before that of his mother, “the Queen Mother”, on March 30, aged 101.

April 29, 2011


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Marriage of his grandson William, second in line of succession, to commoner Kate Middleton, a union of fairy tales in front of 2 billion television viewers.

September 9, 2015


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Elizabeth II breaks her great-great-grandmother Victoria’s record of longevity on the throne.

February 6, 2017


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Members of the Honorable Artillery Company fired a 62-gun salute on 6 February 2017 to mark the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.

The Queen is celebrating the Sapphire Jubilee on the occasion of her 65th jubilee. At 90, she is the oldest reigning sovereign in the world and the longest-living monarch.

May 19, 2018


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their wedding on May 19, 2018

Marriage of her grandson Harry to former American actress Meghan Markle. The couple will later step down from official duties within the royal family, which they accuse of racism and indifference toward Meghan.

April 17, 2021


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Queen Elizabeth at Prince Philip’s funeral, April 17, 2021

Queen Elizabeth attends the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, who has supported her for more than seven decades. Prince Philip died “peacefully” at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021, aged 99.

1ah June 2022


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Start of the celebrations for his 70th anniversary of government. She will be seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace but her failing health will keep her away from most events.

September 6, 2022


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The Queen with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle, Scotland last Tuesday

For the first time in 70 years, she is not receiving a Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace. Liz Truss will travel 800 kilometers to Scotland to meet the Queen, who never leaves her quarters.

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