Queen Elizabeth II has been the leader of the royal family for roughly 67 years, officially making her the longest-reigning British monarch ever.
A young Princess Elizabeth was far away from her father when he died. King George’s death came as a big shock for his daughter, Elizabeth.
She fell into the position at just 25 years old in 1952. It was after her father, King George VI, died of coronary thrombosis amid his battle with lung cancer. Though she was not officially crowned until June 2, 1953, Elizabeth was asked to lead the UK the minute the King died.
It was quite difficult for the Queen at first.
Despite being filled with grief when he was laid to rest, the royal family was reportedly aware of the King’s declining health by the early 1950’s. They knew that Elizabeth’s time was coming soon.
Also read: Queen Elizabeth Paid Tribute To Her Father In A Speech To Mark This Special Occasion.
King George suffered an arterial blockage in 1949 and had to have his left lung removed. During his struggles, George had allegedly been showing his daughter state papers and the ways of the monarchy.
The Princess’s trip to Kenya.
View this post on Instagram
Princess Elizabeth with her father King George VI. 😍 Read the best movies to watch on Father's Day as suggested by Queen Elizabeth 👑 #princess #elizabeth #king #queen #king #george #kinggeorge #father #movies #watch #royalty #royals #royal #fathersday #uk For more, visit www.theroyaluk.com🤗🤗
On February 6, 1952, the day George died at Sandringham House, his daughter, Elizabeth wasn’t by his side. Instead, she was working on his behalf. At the time, the British monarchy was struggling due to the intense scrutiny in Kenya.
Mau-Mau fighters were gaining power in their fight against British colonialism and for independence. Though the safety of the royal family was a big concern among British officials, the King felt it was necessary to show face on the African continent.
From being a princess to Queen.
While it’s believed by many, that the Treetops Hotel is where she found out her father had died in his sleep, The Guardian reports that this isn’t exactly true. Queen Elizabeth had gotten up that morning and eaten breakfast while tossing bananas to baboons below. She was totally unaware of what was going on in London.
On February 7, after a thunderstorm delayed her departure, Her Majesty arrived in London. The mood was sombre, as the whole nation mourned the death of their sovereign. Flags were at half-mast, many businesses were shut-down, and sporting events were cancelled.
The official address to the nation was already made.
Then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill had already addressed the nation in a broadcast. A day later, Commonwealth representatives and privy counsellors attended an Accession Council at St. James’s Palace.
St. James’ Palace was the place where Elizabeth officially recognised her new role as the Queen of the United Kingdom. Over one year later, on June 2, 1953, Elizabeth was officially crowned and recognised as the reigning monarch of England.