Queen Elizabeth marks 70 years of ruling Britain on Sunday, an achievement that has never been attained by any of her predecessors for the last 1,000 years, and a milestone hardly any monarch everywhere on the globe have ever reached.
Elizabeth is currently 95 years old. She was crowned queen of Britain and many other domains including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand following her father King George VI’s death on February 6, 1952. She was on an international tour in Kenya at the time.
The news was broken to her by her late husband Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99. He has stayed by her side for over seventy years before his passing.
Elizabeth will mark “Accession Day” in private as is customary, not discerning it as something to celebrate. But there will be a 4-day national event in June to mark her Platinum Jubilee.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the parliament, “While it is a moment for national celebration, it will be a day of mixed emotions for Her Majesty as the day also marks 70 years since the death of her beloved father George VI,” extending his thanks to the monarch for “her tireless service.”
Elizabeth, in her late 90s, still does her official duties well. But in recent times, she has not been frequently seen in public after she spent a night in hospital last October for an undisclosed illness. Doctors recommended rest to Her Majesty.
However, there is a clip of Queen Elizabeth II looking at items from previous royal jubilees which was released by Buckingham Palace last weekend. The video includes scenes featuring Her Majesty viewing a fan given to her great-great grandmother, Victoria (the queen) on her 50th year as ruler in 1887.
Elizabeth was not meant to sit on the throne at birth and became queen because Edward VIII renounced his rights as king so he could be with American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Nonetheless in 2015, she exceeded Victoria’s reign, becoming Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign in the descendants of Norman King William I and his conquest of England in 1066.