That moment in which the Queen learnt she was heir to the throne

The extraordinary moment the Queen learnt that she had become heiress presumptive to the throne in December 1956 has been revealed in a new documentary. The first episode of Elizabeth: Our Queen tells how a young Princess Elizabeth, aged ten, had started her day as normal – by attending a swimming lesson. She came home and was getting ready to write up her notes from her class when she heard cries of ‘God Save the King’ from outside.

The young Princess asked the footman what was happening, and he explained that her uncle King Edward VIII had abdicated, making her father the new King. The documentary reveals how Elizabeth went to find her younger sister Princess Margaret to tell her the news, and Margaret replied: “Well, does that mean you’re going to be Queen now? Poor you!”

Elizabeth: Our Queen airs on Tuesday night, to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. The Channel 5 eight-part series chronicles the monarch’s life with interviews from Prime Ministers, close friends, royal household members and special advisors who know her best. Those close to her will paint a personal picture of the monarch, who is one of the most famous, yet mysterious, women in the world.

The Queen Mother’s brilliant advice to the Queen revealed. During her reign, the Queen has seen 12 Prime Ministers come and go, witnessed dramatic social and technological change and had to choose between family and duty. The first episode will explore Elizabeth’s early years, with personal testimonies from friends and acquaintances, while the second episode will hark back to her coronation.

As she does most years, Her Majesty spends 6 February in private; although it marks the day she became Queen, it was also the day she lost her father, King George VI. The mother-of-four does not carry out any official engagements and instead spends the date quietly at Sandringham, in reflection. She is due to return to London to resume her royal duties later this week with her husband Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II full name Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was conceived on 21 April 1926. She has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. Also, she is Head of the Commonwealth and ruler of 12 nations that have turned out to be free since her promotion: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Elizabeth was conceived in London as the primary offspring of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was instructed secretly at home. Her dad consented to the position of authority on the relinquishment of his sibling Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the beneficiary possible. She started to embrace open obligations amid the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she wedded Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a previous ruler of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four kids: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Elizabeth’s numerous notable visits and gatherings incorporate a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. She has seen significant established changes, for example, devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian parcel, and the decolonization of Africa. She has ruled through different wars and clashes including huge numbers of her domains. Noteworthy occasions have incorporated her crowning liturgy in 1953, and the festivals of her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012 separately. In 2017 she turned into the principal British ruler to achieve a Sapphire Jubilee. She is the longest-lived and longest-ruling British ruler and the world’s longest-dominant ruler regnant and female head of express, the most seasoned and longest-ruling momentum ruler, and the most seasoned and longest-serving ebb and flow head of state.

Elizabeth has once in a while confronted republican slants and press feedback of the imperial family, specifically after the breakdown of her youngsters’ relational unions and the Windsor Castle fire in 1992 and the passing in 1997 of her previous girl in-law Diana, Princess of Wales; be that as it may, bolster for the government stays high, as does her own ubiquity.

Amid 1951, George VI’s wellbeing declined and Elizabeth habitually remained in for him at open occasions. When she visited Canada and went by President Harry S. Truman in Washington, D.C., in October 1951, her private secretary, Martin Charteris, conveyed a draft increase assertion on the off chance that the King kicked the bucket while she was on visit. In mid 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a voyage through Australia and New Zealand by method for Kenya. On 6 February 1952, they had quite recently come back to their Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, following a night spent at Treetops Hotel, when word landed of the demise of the King and thus Elizabeth’s prompt promotion to the honored position. Philip broke the news to the new Queen. Martin Charteris requesting that her pick a regnal name; she remained Elizabeth, “obviously”. She was broadcasted ruler all through her domains and the regal party hurriedly came back to the United Kingdom. She and the Duke of Edinburgh moved into Buckingham Palace.

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