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Queen Elizabeth II - from birth to coronation 3
By Jean-Benoit Malzac

  1. 21 April, 1926

    Birth

    "Elizabeth was born in Mayfair during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. Her father, the Duke of York, was the second son of the King. Her mother, the Duchess of York , was the youngest daughter of Scottish aristocrat the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne."

  2. 29 May, 1926

    Baptised

    "She was baptised in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace and named Elizabeth after her mother."

  3. 20 Jannuary, 1936

    New king...

    "Her grandfather died and her uncle succeeded as Edward VIII"

  4. 11 December, 1936

    ...Abdiced

    "After his proposed marriage to divorced socialite Wallis Simpson provoked a constitutional crisis. Consequently, Elizabeth’s father became king, and she became heir presumptive."

  5. 1939

    Beginning of a love story

    "Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. They began to exchange letter."

  6. 9 July, 1947

    Officially engaged

    "Philip had no financial standing, was foreign-born (though a British subject who had served in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War), and had sisters who had married German noblemen with Nazi links. Before the marriage, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles."

  7. 20 November, 1947

    Wedding

    "Elizabeth and Philip were married at Westminster Abbey."

  8. 14 November, 1948

    Prince charles birth

    "Elizabeth gave birth to her first child, Prince Charles."

  9. 15 August, 1950

    Second child: Pricess Anne

    "Anne is known for her charitable work, and is patron of over 200 organisations. She is also known for equestrian talents; she won two silver medals (1975) and one gold medal (1971)"

  10. 6 February, 1952

    The king is dead, long live the queen

    "In early 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a tour of Australia and Kenya. Elizabeth was just returned to their Kenya home, when word arrived of the death of the King and consequently El izabeth’s immediate accession to the throne."

  11. 9 April, 1952

    “House of Windsor”

    "The British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, favoured the retention of the House of Windsor, and so Elizabeth issued a declaration that Windsor would continue to be the name of the royal house."

  12. 2 June, 1953

    Coronation

    "The ceremony in Westminster Abbey, with the exception of the anointing and communion, was televised for the first time!"

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