Queen Elizabeth II has never given an interview. But she has found ways to connect with her subjects, including through her annual Christmas address, a central part of British holiday traditions.
As both head of state and head of the Church of England, she has mixed words of wisdom, faith and occasionally personal reflections.
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Elizabeth visited President Harry S. Truman in 1951 when she was a princess, but she made her first state visit to the United States as queen in 1957, meeting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Queen Elizabeth has made more than 90 state visits, in addition to traveling w...
Parades, parties and a public holiday marked the queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which celebrated Elizabeth as the first and only British monarch to reach 70 years on the throne.
The queen, smiling in a light blue ensemble and white gloves emerged on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as thousands ...
Princess Elizabeth was on a tour of South Africa, part of the British Empire at the time, when she turned 21 and made one of her earliest public addresses:
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our...
Space exploration ranks high among the scientific and technological advances during Elizabeth’s reign. After becoming the first people to land on the moon, Americans Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin undertook a global goodwill tour, stopping at Buckingham Palace on...
The famously staid queen surprised audiences at the 2012 London Olympic Games by appearing in a dramatic opening segment alongside Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond, played by actor Daniel Craig.
The real queen, poker-faced as always, entered her box seat with a familiar yet ch...
Elizabeth had been married to Philip for 73 years when Buckingham Palace announced his death on April 9, 2021.
His funeral, in the midst of the pandemic, was attended only by close family members and friends. The queen sat alone in a pew, wearing a black face mask, in keepi...
Queen Elizabeth II broke centuries of tradition when, instead of waving from afar, she greeted people up close on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970.
Since then, the “walkabout” has become a regular practice for many members of the royal family.
Elizabeth’s path to the throne was hastened by the abdication of her uncle and the early death of her father, King George VI.
She became queen in February 1952, at age 25, and was 27 at the time of her official coronation in June 1953.
The event was televised...
South African President Nelson Mandela arrived in Britain in July 1996 for a four-day state visit to his country’s former colonizer.
On that trip, Mandela and the queen developed a lasting fondness for each other. She hosted him at Buckingham Palace and took him on a carriage ride thro...
The queen faced criticism for a slow response after the news of Diana's death in Paris.
Days later, she spoke to the nation live from Buckingham Palace and said: “No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her...
Thousands of adoring fans pressed past policemen and climbed onto palace gates and lampposts as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived to meet the queen.
Wearing a pale gold gown, she bestowed medals of honor on the British pop culture icons.
One of the rockier periods of the queen’s family life began with the fairy-tale wedding of her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, to Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981. Up to a million people sought to get a glimpse of the procession in central London, while the BBC estimated that 750 million p...
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The years after the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II the royals continued to embrace television as a way of connecting with the British people:
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