Happy 85th Birthday Queen Elizabeth II!

Posted By on April 21, 2011

The QueenYes, on this day in history, the 21st April 1926, Queen Elizabeth II was born by caesarean section at Mayfair. She was the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York and later King George VI, and his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II on the death of her father, King George VI, on the 6th February 1952 and so has been Queen for over 59 years.

The BBC have put together a wonderful collection of photographs from her childhood years at Windsor – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-13146868 and you can enjoy a video of the Queen attending today’s Maundy Thursday service at Westminster Abbey at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13155577.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

9 thoughts on “Happy 85th Birthday Queen Elizabeth II!”

  1. lisaannejane says:

    I hope she gets to celebrate with her family and dogs, of course, I hope I am as healthy as she is if I live that long.

  2. Beth says:

    I reckon she will surpass any previous monarch for longest reign.

  3. Neil Kemp says:

    I’ll just be glad to still be breathing at that age, the workload she gets through is amazing.

  4. Carol says:

    I think that the Queen is wonderful. I hope that she had a really great day.

  5. Fiz says:

    So do I, Carol. The poor woman must be exhausted by all she has to do, but she’s still doing her duty.

  6. Clarebear says:

    this might be a bit of a silly question, but where you have put “She was the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York and later King George VI” …………..

    How come he was first Prince Albert but then took the name King George?

    1. Claire says:

      George VI’s full name was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George and before he became King he was Prince Albert. After the shock of his brother Edward VIII’s abdication Albert became King and decided to style himself King George VI to “emphasise continuity with his father and restore confidence in the monarchy”. He didn’t actually change his name, his family always called him Bertie, but he felt that styling himself King George reminded people of the reign of his father and that this reinforced the stability of the monarchy after such an upheaval.

  7. jenny says:

    I just think she is marvellous and am sure she will ourdie “RTricky Vicky” on the reign stakes. I wish he all the best and can’t imagine Britain without her. It will be a sad day whe it somes. She must be the most astute poltician in the world although she does not necessarily hold the power that others with less experience do have. Long live her Maj!

    jenny B

  8. Long live the Queen! I watched her coronation on TV when I was a young lad.

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