Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96.
Her death came shortly after it was revealed that doctors were concerned about her health and that her family had rushed to her bedside at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Later that day the royal family shared on Twitter“The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
Elizabeth was a unifying figure in the United Kingdom and, according to her official biography, has served as Head of State since her coronation in 1953. She ascended the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, and celebrated her platinum anniversary in early 2022 – 70 years since her accession to the throne.
Here’s what you need to know about Queen Elizabeth II’s family:
The Queen was married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for 73 years until his death last year on April 9, 2021 aged 99. According to her official biography, Elizabeth II and Philip met in 1934 at the wedding of Philip’s cousin Princess Marina of Greece to the Duke of Kent, one of Elizabeth II’s uncles. They announced their engagement on July 9, 1947 and were married for a few months later, on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth II spoke about her husband on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 and, according to her biography, described him as “someone who doesn’t take compliments lightly”. She said:
On her 95th birthday, just three weeks after his death, Elizabeth II wrote: “Although we are at a time of great sadness as a family, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear the honors bestowed on my husband were paid . … We were deeply touched and are constantly reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
Queen Elizabeth II had four children. Charles, who was born in 1948, was the heir apparent and is now the king. Two years later, Elizabeth gave birth to Princess Anne, according to her royal biography. Between 1949 and 1951 Elizabeth and Philip lived in Malta due to Philip’s work as an officer in the Mediterranean Fleet.
Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, after which she had two more children with Philip. Their third child, Prince Andrew, was born in 1960 and their fourth child, another son named Prince Edward, was born in 1964.
The Queen was confidential about her family and rarely spoke about it publicly, but she did share it during their 25th wedding anniversary in 1972: “When I’m asked how I feel about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can agree with the same simplicity and conviction, I’m all for it,” People said.
According to the Queen’s royal biography, Elizabeth and Philip had eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Her grandchildren are Peter and Zara Phillips, born in 1977 and 1981 respectively; Prince William of Wales and Prince Harry of Wales, born 1982 and 1984 respectively; Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York, born 1988 and 1990 respectively; and The Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, born 2003 and 2007.
Queen Elizabeth II had 12 great-grandchildren, including the three children of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Prince George, born in 2013, Princess Charlotte, born in 2015, and Prince Louis, born in 2018. Will be with Elizabeth’s death the three children second, third and fourth in line to the throne.
The Queen was close to her family and they usually spent the Christmas holidays together at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, north of London.
The Queen had only one sibling, her sister Margaret, who was four years her junior. Margaret was born in 1930 and died in 2002 at the age of 71. Princess Margaret was a controversial member of the royal family and a famous socialite whose divorce from Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon brought negative publicity to the royal family.
According to Page Six, Princess Margaret once said, “If there are two sisters, and one is the queen, who must be the source of all honor and good, the other must be the focus of the most creative malice, the evil sister.”
She died from a stroke, her fourth, after a series of illnesses later in life. After Princess Margaret’s death, the normally stoic queen was spotted crying at her funeral, according to USA Today.
Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Mayfair, London. She was the first of two children, both girls, born to the Duke and Duchess of York, who according to their royal biography would later become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
In December 1936, the lives of Elizabeth and her family changed forever when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne. This meant that her father became king and she was next in line to the throne. In 1937, when she was just 11, Princess Elizabeth attended her father’s coronation, according to her biography.
King George VI died on February 6, 1952 while Elizabeth was in Kenya and she ascended the throne. A year later, on June 2, 1953, she was officially crowned.
CONTINUE READING: Ronnie McNutt’s friend says Facebook didn’t do enough to stop suicide livestream