Defender of the Faith
Historical Research and Writing
As one of the most influential people that I know, Queen Elizabeth II has deeply affected both history and my personal life. She was born at 2:40 am on April 21st, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. As the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, it was still unlikely Queen Elizabeth II would have ever become who she is today. For at the time she stood third in line of succession to the throne after King Edward VIII, and then her father, The Duke of York. The Princess was Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, named after her mother, while her two middle names belonged to her grandmother and great- grandmother. In 1930, Princess Elizabeth came to have a sister, named Princess Margaret Rose.
When her grandfather King George V died, his eldest son, King Edward VIII was next in line to come to the throne, but he decided to give it up for love. After his resignation, Elizabeth's father was able to come to the throne. In 1937, the two sisters attended the coronation service of their parents. Princess Elizabeth was now next in line to the throne. As the two sisters were homeschooled, Elizabeth began to study the subject of constitutional history and law to help her prepare to take over the throne. She also learned French language, which was beneficial in the future. It came in handy when speaking to ambassadors and heads of state from French-speaking countries, and when visiting French-speaking areas of Canada. Some other subjects Elizabeth studied included art and music. Time continued to fly by. After the war era and the return of the Royal Family from South Africa in 1947, the Princess became engaged to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who she had been seeing for a while. They got married in Westminster Abbey on November 20th, 1947. It was the first Royal wedding to be televised and it captured a nation resulting in enjoying the end of post war severity. The event was overall... [continues]
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