Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth has reigned for nearly 70 years and in that time she has seen many changes in her role and responsibilities. She came to the throne in the early 1950s as Churchill was trying to reignite interest and passion in the newly formed Commonwealth. Improved transport and communications meant that Elizabeth became the most well-travelled of all monarchs and was the first one to be able to engage so directly with so much of the Commonwealth. However, larger forces of nationalism and a declining ability to control such large portions of the world meant that she would preside over the decolonisation and dismantling of much of that Empire. She still plays an important, if largely ceremonial, constitutional role in a number of the former colonies and as Head of the Anglican Church and of the Commonwealth.
Elizabeth I
1926 at 17, Bruton Street, London
Acceded to Throne
Further Reading
The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People
By Andrew Marr
Our Queen
By Robert Hardman
Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times
By Sarah Bradford
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
By Sally Bedell Smith
Queen Elizabeth II - A Biography
By Nicholas Drummond
Monarchy : The Royal Family at Work - Complete BBC Series
Elizabeth II - From Princess To Queen - The True Story of Elizabeth II's Early Years
The Queen - The Story Of Queen Elizabeth II
A Queen Is Crowned
Queen Elizabeth II - Duty and Sacrifice
The Queen


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