The milestones in the life of Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON (AP) — Key milestones in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96 after serving more than seven decades on the throne.

• April 21, 1926: Birth of Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in Mayfair, London, first child of the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later called the Queen Mother.

• December 10, 1936: Elizabeth becomes heir to the throne after her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicates and her father becomes king.

• October 13, 1940: Elizabeth makes her first public speech aged 14 on the BBC’s Children’s Hour to reassure children who have been separated from their parents during the Blitz.

• 1945: Elizabeth is commissioned as a junior in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, serving for Britain during World War II.

• November 20, 1947: Elizabeth marries Prince Philip Mountbatten of Greece and Denmark at Westminster Abbey.

• November 14, 1948: Birth of Prince Charles, now Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the throne.

• August 15, 1950: Birth of Elizabeth’s second child and only daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal.

• February 6, 1952: Elizabeth becomes queen on the death of her father, George VI.

• June 2, 1953: Crowned in a grand coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. She embarked on a Commonwealth tour, visiting Bermuda, Fiji, Tonga, Australia and Gibraltar.

• February 19, 1960: Birth of Elizabeth’s third child, Prince Andrew.

• March 10, 1964: Birth of Elizabeth’s fourth child, Prince Edward.

• May 1965: Elizabeth makes an historic visit to West Germany, the first German visit by a British monarch in 52 years.

• 1977: Elizabeth celebrates her silver jubilee, which marks her 25 years on the throne.

• 1992: Elizabeth experiences what she describes as an “annus horribilis”, or a “horrible year”. The year sees the end of the marriages of three of his four children. Also that year, a fire damaged Windsor Castle. Public outcry over the cost of repairs in the midst of a recession prompts the Queen to volunteer to pay income taxes.

• August 31, 1997: Princess Diana dies in a car accident in Paris. Under pressure from the public to show her grief, Elizabeth makes an unprecedented televised tribute to Diana’s memory.

• 2002: Elizabeth celebrates 50 years of reign with her golden jubilee. The year also sees the death of Elizabeth’s mother and her sister, Margaret.

• December 20, 2007: Elizabeth becomes the longest-lived British monarch, surpassing Victoria.

• May 2011: Elizabeth makes an historic visit to Ireland — the first visit by a British monarch since Irish independence.

• 2012: Elizabeth marks 60 years of her reign with a Diamond Jubilee.

• September 9, 2015: Elizabeth surpasses Queen Victoria and becomes the oldest monarch in British history.

• June 11, 2016: Britain celebrates Elizabeth’s official 90th birthday with three days of national festivities.

• 6 February 2017: Elizabeth becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years on the throne.

• March 2020: Elizabeth and Philip move from Buckingham Palace in London to Windsor Castle at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

• April 9, 2021: Prince Philip, Elizabeth’s husband of 73 years, dies at 99.

• October 20, 2021: Elizabeth spends a night in a London hospital to undergo health tests. She canceled major engagements in the following months, on orders from doctors to undertake only light duties.

• February 6, 2022: Elizabeth becomes the first British monarch to reach a platinum jubilee, marking 70 years as sovereign.

• June 2022: Elizabeth makes limited public appearances over a four-day holiday weekend to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

• September 6, 2022: Elizabeth meets Boris Johnson and Liz Truss at her summer holiday home in Scotland to oversee the handover of power from the outgoing Prime Minister to his successor. The ceremonies, traditionally held at Buckingham Palace in London, were moved to Balmoral for the first time during the Queen’s reign in light of her mobility issues.

• September 8, 2022: Elizabeth dies at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96. His eldest son becomes King Charles III.


FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves a Thanksgiving service to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey, London, October 12, 2021. Queen Elizabeth II, the most elder of Britain and a rock of stability for much of a turbulent century, is dead. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022 (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)




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FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she arrives in the Royal Box in the gardens of Buckingham Palace for the second concert commemorating her Golden Jubilee, June 3, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, and a rock of stability for much of a turbulent century, is dead. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022 (Stefan Rousseau/Pool vie AP, File)




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FILE – From right, Britain’s Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Camilla Parker-Bowles attend the ‘Prom At The Palace’ concert on the grounds of Buckingham Palace as part of Jubilee celebrations Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II gold medal , in London on Saturday June 1, 2002, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch and a rock of stability for much of a turbulent century, died . She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastar Grant, Pool)




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FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, waves to well-wishers as they board the State Gold Coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in London, for a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability for much of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Naden/Pool, File)




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FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is presented with flowers by children during her walk through the market square in Melrose, southern Scotland, May 29, 2002. The Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch and a rock of stability in much of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022. (Jeff J Mitchell, Pool via AP, File)




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FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles during the official opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London, November 6, 2007. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch and a rock of stability during a much of a turbulent century, passed away . She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022 (Toby Melville, Pool via AP, File)




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FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II walks past staff and patients at the Mildmay HIV Center in Kampala, Uganda, on the first day of her state visit to Uganda, November 22, 2007. Queen Elizabeth II, the Britain’s longest-serving monarch and a rock of stability for the better part of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022 (Jon Hrusa/Pool Photo via AP, File)




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FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II bows after laying a wreath at the Irish War Memorial Gardens, dedicated to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in World War I, in Dublin May 18, 2011. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch and a rock of stability through much of a turbulent century, is dead. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022 (Pool Photo via AP, File)




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FILE – Irish police stand in front of supporters of anti-British lobby group Eirigi as they take part in a protest against Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s state visit to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, on 18 May 2011. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability for much of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022 (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)



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