Essay on The Life of Queen Elizabeth Ii

1413 Words Apr 22nd, 2013 6 Pages
The Life of Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926 in London (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Her father was Prince Albert, Duke of York, and her mother was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Elizabeth was never meant to become queen (Smith 6). From the very start, her life never developed the way it should have. The leadership she shows her, faithfulness, and her compassion tells her people she cares. The life of Queen Elizabeth II isa true journey of an amazing Queen (Hardman 14). Elizabeth was very fortunate to enjoy a relatively normal and stable family life for many years while her parents were just the Duke and Duchess of York (“Queen Elizabeth II”). At the time of her birth, there was …show more content…
As she approached her eighteenth birthday, the law was changed so that she could act as one of five Counsellors of State in the event of her father's incapacity or absence abroad. Such as his visit to Italy in July 1944. In February 1945, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. As an honorary Second Subaltern with the Service, she trained as a driver and mechanic and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander five months later (Von Bergen p.1). Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, in 1934 and 1937. They were second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. After another meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939, Elizabeth, only fourteen years old, said she fell in love with Philip. Soon they began to exchange letters (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Their engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947. The engagement was not without controversy (Von Bergen 1). Elizabeth and Philip were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. They received 2500 wedding gifts from around the world. Britain had not yet completely recovered from the devastation of the war. Elizabeth was required ration coupons to use to buy the material for her gown. Her gown was designed by Norman Hartnell (“Queen Elizabeth II”). Elizabeth wasted no time in producing a heir. Her son Charles was born the following year and daughter Anne arrived in 1950.

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