Saturday, May 21

The main dates of Elizabeth II, queen for 70 years

Here are the main dates of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and the other kingdoms of the Commonwealth, who reached 70 years of reign this Sunday.

– April 21, 1926: born in London.

– December 12, 1936: heiress to the British Crown after the unexpected accession of her father George VI to the throne.

– November 20, 1947: marries Philip Mountbatten, a distant cousin.

– November 14, 1948: birth of Charles. The couple will have three more children: Anne, Andrew and Edward.

– February 6, 1952: acceded to the throne at the age of 25, on the death of his father from lung cancer at age 56. His coronation at Westminster Abbey took place on June 2, 1953.

– 1992: evokes an “annus horribilis”. Three of his children separated from their spouses and Windsor Castle was hit by a devastating fire.

– August 31, 1997: criticized for the timidity of her reaction, out of step with popular emotion, to the death of Princess Diana.

– September 9, 2015: breaks the record for longevity on the British throne.

– April 9, 2021: death of her husband Prince Philip, at the age of 99.

– February 6, 2022: reached the milestone of 70 years of reign, a platinum jubilee which will give rise to four days of celebrations in June.

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