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90 Glorious Years - The Queen's life decade by decade

90 Glorious Years - The Queen's life decade by decade

90 Glorious Years - The Queen's life decade by decade
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To celebrate the amazing life and record-breaking reign of our Queen this sumptuously illustrated book will take you through her life decade by decade, from early childhood to her 90th birthday.

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This is the remarkable story of a little girl who never expected to be Queen. But at just 25 she became the figurehead of not just Britain, but extensive overseas territories and took a vow to devote her life in service to that role. In the year she turns 90, we wanted to look back on her remarkable reign – and catch a glimpse of the wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, too! We have looked in detail at each decade of her life – from the early days as Lilibet to becoming our longest-serving monarch – to bring you a sumptuously illustrated history of this remarkable woman. It is a story of love, devotion and often keeping her nerve and sense of duty when all around her had lost theirs. I do…

7 min.
a girl with gold curls

ON APRIL 21 1926, at 2.40am, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London, the first daughter to the Duke and Duchess of York. The non-royal house belonged to her maternal grandfather, the 14th Earl of Strathmore. She was named first for her mother, then Mary after the current Queen, consort of George V and Alexandra after the consort of Edward VII. But as befits a royal child, she was christened in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace on May 29. That mix of family first, but royal connections a close second, would set the tone for Princess Elizabeth’s early years. It was her uncle David, not her father, who was the heir to the throne, and so protocol could be more relaxed. The Duke…

1 min.
our queen’s love of animals

A ROYAL FACT… The Queen still technically owns all the sturgeons, whales, and dolphins in the waters around the UK, in a rule that dates back to a statute from 1324, during the reign of King Edward II A ROYAL FACT… Animal gifts given to the Queen during her reign include two sloths on a state visit to Brazil in 1968 and an elephant called Jumbo from Cameroon in 1972. The gifts tend to be placed in zoos.…

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also this decade...

December 1926 Novelist Agatha Christie disappears from her home in Surrey on December 3 and is found 11 days later in a hotel in Harrogate by a journalist. June 1929 Alfred Hitchock’s film Blackmail is shown for the first time in London. It is the first British sound film. April 1931 The Highway Code is issued for the first time. It costs one old penny and is 18 pages long. December 1933 In America, the Prohibiton rule, in force since 1920, is repealed. July 1935 The first ever Penguin paperbacks appear costing sixpence. May 1927 Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. April 1928 Madame Tussaud’s opens in London. August 1930 The first British Empire Games (later to become the Commonwealth Games) is held in Canada, and is opened by George V. Eleven countries take part. November 1932 The Best Picture…

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a time to grow up

FOR A YOUNG Princess Elizabeth, adolescence brought more than the usual turbulence teenage years tend to bring. Not only did she have to find her feet as a young woman during the difficult years of the Second World War – she also had to come to terms with being heiress presumptive to a nation she’d never dreamed of inheriting and one which, for most of her teens, was under constant, attack. But it was in these years, as Elizabeth quietly observed her father’s unfailing sense of duty and the British people’s courageous resilience, that our future Queen learned some valuable lessons she’d call upon throughout her reign. A proud daughter ELIZABETH’S FATHER, King George VI, was not a natural sovereign. Shy, introverted and of delicate health, he suffered with a crippling stammer…

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a royal love story

JULY 22, 1939 is a date likely to be engraved on the Queen’s heart – for it is on this day the then 13-year-old Princess is said to have fallen in love with Prince Philip of Greece, her second cousin once removed. Elizabeth was visiting Dartmouth Naval College with her parents and sister, and the devastatingly handsome, blue-eyed, blond 18-year-old naval cadet, whom she’d briefly met twice before, had been appointed their guide. According to Elizabeth’s governess Marion Crawford, “Lilibet never took her eyes off him,” although apparently Philip “did not pay her any special attention.” Elizabeth, however, was smitten, and it is said it was at this point that she decided she would one day marry him. “She never looked at anyone else,” said Elizabeth’s cousin Margaret Rhodes. Over the war…