More that one million people braved the rain to get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II as the royal barge made its way down the Thames. She is the first Monarch to celebrate 60-years on the British throne for 350-years, since Queen Victoria. The celebration began on Friday with a formal event with other Sovereign Monarchs and followed by a 4-day celebration including an concert featuring Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney (both who now live primarily in the United States).
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (front row, sixth left) poses for a formal picture with her royal guests before a Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle, west of London, on May 18, 2012. (Credit: Getty)
1,000-boat flotilla on the River Thames. Big Ben to be renamed Elizabeth Tower… Buckingham Palace Guard Salute
This will be (is) a great event for Royal Watchers and a weekend of frustration for those who feel the Queen and the British Monarchy are dangerously powerful.
Whether you like this woman, the British throne, or know much about royalty or Queen Elizabeth II, just looking at these photos and her longevity, common sense tells you that she is a very powerful women with connections ‘everywhere’ (worth doing a little homework on her/their past and their connections and politics). You can be sure that she is not just someone’s grandma….!!
Even knowing their history it was a little shocking looking at the pictures when it penetrated my brain how long she’s been around. She has worked with 11 U.S. Presidents and 9 British Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. She is also the head of the Church of England. Monarchy favorability was at an all time low after the death of Princess Diana. Queen Elizabeth has managed to rebuild the faith of the British people and the Monarchy now polls at an all time high. Queen Elizabeth II gives new meaning to the phrase “Long Live the Queen” and has no plans of going anywhere.
I don’t know about you, but I thought WOW somewhere between Eisenhower and Truman… she has been around for a long time!
For her coronation ceremony on June 4, 1953, more than a year after her father’s death, the queen again turned to Norman Hartnell to design her gown. Hartnell, who had designed her wedding dress. (Central Press / Getty Images)
The official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken in February 1952 after the death of her father and upon her ascension to the throne, at age 25.
Wedding Photo 1947
Coronation Photo 1953
Queen Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip (Philip Mountbatten), her husband of 65 years, married in 1947
After the abdication of Elizabeth’s uncle, her father King George VI became King on May 12, 1937. In a matter of months, Princess Elizabeth was suddenly catapulted into the role of heir to the throne. The 11-year-old princess (standing next to her younger sister Margaret) wore a long dress with a train to the event that was held at Westminster Abbey. (Getty Images)