• Queen Elizabeth II is dead
  • She experienced a lot during her reign
  • Here are some key moments

Queen Elizabeth II is dead. She passed away on Thursday, the 8th of September of 2022, as Buckingham Palace announced. We look back at her life.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926, the eldest child of King George VI, then came Prince Albert, and Queen Elizabeth. During the Second World War, she worked as a truck driver for the military auxiliary service.

In 1947 the Queen married Philip Mountbatten

On November 20, 1947, the then Crown Princess married naval officer Philip Mountbatten. A year later, the royal couple's first child was born: Prince Charles, their future heir to the throne. With Princess Anne, Elisabeth had her first and only daughter in 1950. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward followed in the 1960s.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip after their engagement

Her father George VI died on February 6, 1952, and the crown princess was proclaimed queen in her mid-20s. The magnificent coronation in Westminster Abbey followed a year later.

Dealing with Lady Diana's death brought criticism for the British royal family

In 1981, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana. The two had two sons, William and Harry. However, the marriage failed and in 1997 Diana died in a car accident. Diana's death brought a lot of criticism to the royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth's retreat after the death of her former daughter-in-law was not well received by the public.

Five years after Lady Diana, Elizabeth's mother, Queen Mum, also died. In 2007, Elisabeth and Philip celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Philip, who had been heavily involved in the royal family since marrying the Queen, retired in 2017. He passed away in 2021 at the age of 99.

The Queen and Prince Philip in Halifax, Canada

In 2012, Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and three years later overtook her great-great-grandmother Victoria, who was the longest-serving British monarch up to that point. The platinum anniversary followed in 2022, which was greatly celebrated in the UK. 

As a result, the Queen made headlines, especially with her health. Finally, on September 8, Buckingham Palace itself reported that the monarch was not well. 

Now the queen is dead. She leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

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