Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 96th birthday: A look back at her life and legacy
- Queen Elizabeth II became the first monarch in British history to rule for 70 years on February 6, 2022
- She was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, in front of 8,500 assembled guests
- Queen Elizabeth II’s original name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 96th birthday at a private party on Thursday at the Sandringham estate in eastern England that has offered the monarch and her late husband, Prince Philip, a refuge from the affairs of state. Elizabeth is likely to spend the day at the estate’s Wood Farm cottage, a personal sanctuary where she also spent her first Christmas since Philip’s death in April 2021.
On the pious occasion of her birthday, Opoyi takes a look at her life and legacy.
*Queen Elizabeth II’s original name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. She was born on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, central London.
*In 1940, during the Second World War, as Nazi Germany bombed London, Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, moved to Windsor Castle, west of London, for their safety.
*During the Second World War, Queen Elizabeth II took military training.
*Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s first child, Prince Charles, was born in 1948. Charles’ sister, Anne, was born in 1950, followed by Andrew in 1960 and Edward in 1964.
*She was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, in front of 8,500 assembled guests.
*On February 6, 2022, she became the first monarch in British history to rule for 70 years.
*Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip died aged 99 in April 2021.