On Friday, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday. As of late, she’s been taking a step back from royal duties and allowing the younger monarchs to take on more responsibilities.
Passing on responsibilities:
This year’s celebrations will notably be low key compared to last year when the Queen hit 90, where there were street parties and lighting of a thousand beacons all over the country. This year, there will be a gun salute at London’s Tower Bridge and at Hyde Park.
During a visit to Northern Ireland in June, the Queen joked “I’m still alive.” This was one of the several engagements filling her royal calendar.
However, she has been passing over some of the royal duties to the younger generation. At the end of last year, she stood down as patron of 25 bodies, including the Wimbledon tennis championships.
Prince Charles, her eldest son, is the heir to the throne, but his two sons, William and Harry, have been garnering bigger attention, and taken some of the Queen’s duties.
A well-loved royal family:
The country’s positive view of the royal family has been cemented thanks to the arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate’s two children — Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince Harry received high praise this week after he spoke out about seeking counselling years after his mother’s death when he was a child, which earned him admiration.
In a speech marking her 21st birthday, years before starting her reign, Queen Elizabeth said: “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”
The 1990s were the most testing periods for her. Following the breaking down of three of her four children’s marriages and a fire damaging Windsor Castle, the Queen called 1992 her “annus horribilis”
In 1997, five years later, the Queen chose not to return to London after Princess Diana death and stayed in her estate in Scotland, which cause anger among the British public. Ever since that incident, the palace has been careful to avoid similar clashes in the future.
The Queen doesn’t comment on political issues, such as the Brexit referendum, which caused a divide in the British society. She didn’t also comment on the controversial invitation of US President Donald Trump by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Queen earned the nation’s love and admiration by refusing to be political as well as making her family’s image become more modern. This led the country to observe her recovery from a cold she caught over Christmas anxiously.
The Queen has been also successful in keeping her private life private, despite being one of the most closely followed figures, especially in her public appearances.
Everyone knows of the Queen’s love for horses and corgis, but palace insiders said that she also enjoys crossword puzzles and a Dubonnet-and-gin cocktail before lunch.