LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of Britain for seven decades, Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96. Her eldest son ascended the throne and became King Charles III.
Below is a timeline of the Queen’s life and reign:
* 21 April 1926: Elizabeth was born at 2:40 am local time at 17 Bruton, London, and was baptized on 29 May of the same year in the chapel attached to Buckingham Palace.
* December 11, 1936: He becomes heir to the throne at age 10, when his uncle Edward VIII abdicates and his father, King George VI, succeeds him.
* 20 November 1947 – Marries Lieutenant Colonel Philip Mountbatten, Prince of Greece, at Westminster Abbey, London.
* November 14, 1948: birth of eldest son Charles.
* August 15, 1950: birth of a daughter, Princess Anna.
* February 1952: Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip took a trip to Africa and Asia in place of their ailing father, King George VI.
* February 6, 1952: Receives news of the death of her father, the King, while in Kenya, becoming the first queen to ascend the throne abroad in over 200 years.
* June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth is crowned at Westminster Abbey in the first televised coronation.
* 24 November 1953 – The Queen’s first tour of the Commonwealth of Nations, a distance of 70,196 km.
* February 19, 1960: birth of their second child, Prince Andrew.
* March 10, 1964: birth of her youngest son, Prince Edward.
* March 1970 – During a visit to New Zealand, the Queen takes her first ‘Royal Tour’, which has become a tradition for the public to meet members of the Royal Family.
1977 – Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Silver Jubilee 25 years on the throne, visiting the Commonwealth of Nations and attending major celebrations in Britain.
* July 29, 1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in a stunning ceremony.
June 21, 1982: Prince William, Charles and Diana’s first child, is born.
September 15, 1984: Prince Harry, the youngest child of Diana and Charles, is born.
*July 23, 1986: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson, a publishing executive known as ‘Fergie’. The couple became the Duke and Duchess of York.
* May 14-26, 1991 – The Queen travels to the United States and becomes the first Queen to address Congress.
1992 – The Queen celebrates her 40th year on the throne, which she describes as a “terrible year” amid family problems and mounting public criticism.
* March 19, 1992: Prince Andrew split from his wife Sarah.
* April 13, 1992 – The Palace announced that Princess Anne and Mark Phillips have divorced.
* November 10, 1992: Windsor Castle was seriously damaged by fire.
* November 26, 1992 – The Queen agrees to pay income tax.
* December 9, 1992: Prince Charles and Diana announce their separation.
* March 20, 1995 – The Queen delivers the first speech by a British monarch to the South African Parliament since 1947.
* December 20, 1995 – Buckingham Palace confirms that the Queen has written to Charles and Diana asking for a divorce.
* August 28, 1996 – Charles and Diana divorced.
* August 31, 1997: Diana and fellow millionaire Dodi Al Fayed were killed when their car collided with paparazzi on motorcycles in Paris. The Queen and the royal family were criticized for their conservative reaction.
* November 20, 1997 – Large crowds gather to welcome the Queen and Philip on their 50th wedding anniversary. In an unusually candid speech, the Queen admitted that monarchies can only survive with public support.
* February 9, 2002: The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret dies at age 71 after a life filled with glamor and tragedy.
March 30, 2002: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, dies at Windsor Castle at age 101.
* June 1-4, 2002: Britain witnessed four days of national celebrations to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
* April 9, 2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony in Windsor.
* April 29, 2011: The Queen attends the wedding of her grandson Prince William to Kate Middleton.
* 17-20 May 2011: The Queen makes a four-day official visit to Ireland, the first visit by a British monarch to Ireland since independence from London in 1921.
*June 2-5, 2012: Four days of celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ascension to the throne 60 years ago in June across the country. About a million people gathered for a huge party on the banks of the River Thames, and millions more attended other street parties.
*July 22, 2013: Prince William’s wife Kate gives birth to Prince George.
* June 23-26, 2014 – The Queen begins her visit to Germany, which was her last visit to a foreign country.
* On September 9, 2014, at approximately 5:30 pm local time, Elizabeth became the longest-reigning monarch in the country, surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
May 2, 2015: Princess Charlotte, daughter of Prince William and Kate, is born.
*April 21, 2016: Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday, the first person to ascend the throne to reach that age.
* Aug 2, 2017 – Her husband Philip steps down from public duties after supporting his wife for 65 years.
* November 20, 2017: Elizabeth and Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a private party at Windsor Castle.
*April 23, 2018: Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and Kate, is born.
*May 19, 2018: Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandson, marries Meghan Markle, an American actress divorced from Los Angeles, in a star-studded wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle.
*October 20, 2019: Family feud between Prince William and Harry becomes public, with the younger prince confirming rumors of a breakup between them.
* November 15, 2019: Prince Andrew gives disastrous BBC TV interview to escape sex scandal. Days later, she was forced to resign from her royal duties due to her relationship with American businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested in 2008 after being convicted of sex crimes against minors.
*January 8, 2020: Harry and Meghan announce they will no longer be active members of the royal family and will move to Los Angeles in March.
*April 5, 2020 – The Queen gave the fifth special televised address of her reign to raise energy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
* April 9, 2021: Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband of 73 years, dies aged 99 at Windsor Castle.
* 20 October 2021: The Queen spends the night in hospital for the first time in years for what Buckingham Palace describes as “first checks”.
*November 30, 2021: Barbados becomes a republic, meaning the queen becomes head of a community of just 15 countries.
*January 13, 2022: Buckingham Palace says Prince Andrew was stripped of his military rank, his role in sponsoring associations and his title of “Royal Highness” while defending his position in a US court case against him over by Virginia Joffrey. She said he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.
* 6 February 2022: The Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne and takes the opportunity to bless Camilla, Charles’ second wife, as Queen on her accession to the throne.
* February 15, 2022: Prince Andrew pays an undisclosed amount to settle a US lawsuit, but pleads not guilty.
*February 20, 2022: The Queen has tested positive for COVID-19 and is said to have mild cold symptoms. And soon he returned to his official duties.
* May 9, 2022: The Queen withdraws from the State Opening of Parliament due to traffic issues.
*June 2-5, 2022: A four-day celebration to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ascension to the throne. Queen Elizabeth had to miss several events due to “problems with movement”, but says the support she received during the celebrations “crushed her humility”.
* 6 September 2022 – The Queen performs her final public duties, accepting the resignation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister at Balmoral Castle and welcoming Liz Terrace, who has named him as her successor, becoming the Queen Elizabeth’s fifteenth Prime Minister. II.
* September 8, 2022: Queen Elizabeth II dies in Balmoral at age 96.
* September 11, 2022: His coffin is taken to Edinburgh, where tens of thousands of mourners line the road.
* 13 September 2022 – Tens of thousands of people fill the streets of London as the coffin is carried through the capital and then by carriage to Buckingham Palace.
* September 14-19, 2022: The Queen’s body is buried in Westminster Hall. Hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours to see the coffin.