Elizabeth II 1926-2022 |  A life in the spotlight

Elizabeth II 1926-2022 | A life in the spotlight

From her birth to her death, going through marriages and divorces, small and big tragedies, trips around the world, work, family… Elizabeth II’s entire life was spent 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, the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Her sister Margaret was born in 1930.

December 11, 1936


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The young Elizabeth becomes heiress to the Crown when her father accedes to the throne, after the abdication of her brother Edward VIII.

September 13, 1940


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First speech broadcast by Princess Elizabeth, aged 14. It is aimed at British children who have taken refuge abroad because of the war. She and her sister Margaret spent much of the war at Windsor Castle, while her parents were at Buckingham Palace in London. Four years later, she joined the women’s auxiliaries in the army and became a mechanic.

November 20, 1947


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

February 6, 1952


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As Elizabeth fills in for her ailing father on a tour of the Commonwealth, the King dies. It was through her husband, Prince Philip, that Elizabeth learned the news, at a hostel where they were staying in Kenya.

June 2, 1953


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The Queen is crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey broadcast live on radio and television in 44 languages.

July 29, 1981


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Charles’s century wedding to Diana Spencer. The disagreement of the couple, very soon evident, dealt a heavy blow to the monarchy.

December 25, 1992


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Elizabeth II evokes an annus horribilis during which three of her four children were separated and where her beloved Windsor Castle was burned to the ground.

August 31, 1997


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Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen remains at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, while flowers and tributes are piling up outside Buckingham Palace, London. Her lack of reaction, out of step with popular emotion, arouses misunderstanding and criticism.

February and March 2002


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With “the queen mother”, in 2000

Death of her sister Margaret on February 9, shortly before that of her mother, “the Queen Mother”, on March 30 at the age of 101.

April 29, 2011


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Marriage of his grandson William, second in the order of succession, with the commoner Kate Middleton, a union of fairy tales before 2 billion viewers.

September 9, 2015


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

February 6, 2017


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

The Queen celebrates the Sapphire Jubilee, on the occasion of her 65 years on the throne. At 90 years of her own, she is then, on the planet, the oldest sovereign in office and the longest reigning living monarch of hers.

May 19, 2018


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

Marriage of his grandson Harry with former American actress Meghan Markle. The couple will then step down from their official duties within the royal family, which they have accused of racism and indifference towards Meghan.

April 17, 2021


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Queen Elizabeth at the funeral of Prince Philip, April 17, 2021

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

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Beginning of the celebrations around the 70th anniversary of his reign. 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 last Tuesday at Balmoral Castle, Scotland

For the first time in 70 years, he does not receive a prime minister at Buckingham Palace. Liz Truss will make the 800 kilometers to Scotland to meet the queen, who no longer leaves her chambers.


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