It’s been 60 years to the day since Elizabeth Windsor took the biggest job of Queen of Great Britain. She took over the job when her father, George V, died while she and her husband Philip were on vacation in Kenya. The year was 1952, and while the world was dealing with the Korean War, World War II had ended seven years ago.
Elizabeth was 27 when she took the job. Today, she is 87.
So, here’s the rundown on her many years of service:
- Took the job in 1953
- Has remained on the job for 60 years
- Married Prince Philip
- Has four kids
- Eldest son, Charles, marries Diana Spencer and they have two kids
- Charles and Diana divorce (shame on you, Charles!)
- Diana dies in accident in Paris, France and Elizabeth responds
Well, that was the family portion of the post, but who could forget the following:
- Elizabeth at the White House in 1976?
- Every time she walks her dogs?
- Her 50th anniversary?
- And I know that everyone I know can’t stop talking about her skydiving stunt at the Olympics opening ceremony last summer.
Hmmm…it’s going to be the year 2025 when she catches up to Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years until her death at the ripe old age of 81 in 1901.
And what does this have to do with me?
Well, in today’s youth-obsessed culture (which needs to go away and die), we always forget that old people exist. So instead of trying to stay young, let’s all learn to let go of youth and age, ok?
- Queen Elizabeth’s 60th coronation anniversary celebrated (cbc.ca)
- Royals celebrate 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation (cbsnews.com)
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 Coronation (celebuzz.com)
- Style & Modesty Inspiration from Queen Elizabeth II (modestyrediscovered.wordpress.com)
- Royals turn out to mark 60 years since Queen’s coronation (theglobeandmail.com)
- Crowning Glory – 60 Years Since The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (travelnotes.wordpress.com)
- In pictures: 60 years since the Queen’s Coronation (itv.com)