Queen Elizabeth II

Standard Name: Elizabeth II, Queen
Used Form: Princess Elizabeth


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Birth Jo Shapcott
Her mother was still in hospital when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, and held her baby up to the window to see the great / procession, so she said.
Shapcott, Jo. Her Book: Poems 1988-1998. Faber and Faber, 2000.
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
Later relations of MEBCS include Queen Elizabeth II (through her mother , who was born a Bowes-Lyon) and John Bowes , the Victorian illegitimate son who built and endowed the splendid Bowes Museum in County Durham.
Family and Intimate relationships Daphne Du Maurier
DDM 's husband was known as Boy in his regiment. He was also esteemed as a war hero and an Olympic athlete. Initially, DDM was very much in love with him. However, they grew apart...
Literary Setting A. S. Byatt
ASB says that this book and its three successors are about the desirability of an androgynous mind.
Friel, James, and Jenny Newman. “A. S. Byatt”. Contemporary British and Irish Fiction: An Introduction through Interviews, edited by Sharon Monteith, Jenny Newman, and Pat Wheeler, Hodder Headline, 2004, pp. 36 -53.
After opening at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the story is set in Yorkshire (though...
Literary Setting Rose Tremain
Tremain's butler, Jack Sadler, has been left by his employers the great house (modelled on RT 's mother's ancestral home, Linkenholt Manor in Hampshire, in which he served them during his working career. He...
Occupation Emma Tennant
Her first season involved not only being formally presented to the queen , much formal dressing and a round of lunches and dances, but also her own coming-out ball. For this her parents provided a...
Occupation Jan Morris
While studying and writing for the student newspaper, Cherwell, Morris also established contact with The Times, then took a job as a sub-editor and junior leader-writer, then as foreign correspondent with the newspaper...
Publishing Alison Uttley
AU rewrote it for eventual publication by Collins . She sent a set of the Little Grey Rabbit books as a wedding present to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 (and had, she said, a charming thank-you...
Publishing Queen Victoria
The unpublished writings of QV are in the Royal Archives at Windsor.
Victoria, Queen. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. Dearest Child: Letters Between Queen Victoria and the Princess Royal 1858-1861, edited by Roger Fulford, Evans Brothers, 1964, p. various pages.
The entire text of her journals has been posted online, open access, at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org, with a foreword by Queen Elizabeth II
Publishing Dorothy Brett
DB 's article The King is Crowned, solicited by the New Yorker's Kyle Crichton , reached print in time for Queen Elizabeth II 's coronation.
Brett, Dorothy. “The King is Crowned”. The New Yorker, pp. 56 -4.
Hignett, Sean. Brett. Franklin Watts, 1985.
Reception Zadie Smith
This was still Smith's latest novel, however, when in 2004 she was honoured in connection with both her race and her gender: nominated for the list of A Hundred Great Black Britons and invited to...
Reception Frances Burney
FB never disappeared from literary consciousness to the same extent as many of her female contemporaries, but she was usually treated with condescension. Austin Dobson published a life of her in 1903 in Macmillan 's...
Reception Edna O'Brien
In May 2011 EOB was one of fifteen Irish people chosen by the President of Ireland to attend a lunch with Queen Elizabeth of Britain. This historic occasion was the first visit by a reigning...
Reception Ruth Pitter
RP received more recognition during her lifetime from the bestowers of literary awards and from fellow-writers than from the critics. In 1955 she became the first woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry...
Reception Fleur Adcock
After Ted Hughes died on 28 October 1998, FA 's name was put forward as Poet Laureate. This honour went, however, to Andrew Motion . Adcock had already won the Cholmondeley Award in 1976, received...


21 April 1926
Princess Elizabeth was born: the future Queen Elizabeth II, though at this time there was no apparent prospect of her succeeding to the throne.
13 October 1940
Princess Elizabeth made her first BBC radio broadcast, directed to children of the Empire.
January 1945
Princess Elizabeth received training in the operation and maintenance of vehicles while part of the Auxiliary Territorial Service .
20 November 1947
Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh ; BBC radio broadcast the wedding service, and BBC television covered the procession as well.
14 November 1948
Princess Elizabeth had her first child, Charles , who was later invested as Prince of Wales.
13 July 1951
Queen Elizabeth II laid the foundation stone of the National Theatre , on the South Bank, London.
6 February 1952
King George VI died and Elizabeth II assumed the throne.
May 1953
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was marked by a special bonus on the butter ration: four extra ounces to add to each person's weekly eight ounces.
29 May 1953
The summit of Mount Everest, highest mountain in the world, was first reached: by the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and the New Zealander Edmund Hillary (who was later knighted).
2 June 1953
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned; the BBC 's coverage of this, the first televised coronation, was carried live in the UK, France, the Netherlands and West Germany.
24 November 1953
Just months after her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II began her first tour of the Commonwealth, which continued for six months.
Italian artist Pietro Annigoni drew record attendance to the Royal Academy 's summer Exhibition with his somewhat romantic portrait HM the QueenQueen Elizabeth II .
14 October 1957
Queen Elizabeth II made her first television broadcast, a telerecording to Canadians.
18 March 1958
The attendance of debutantes at Court for formal presentation to the Queen took place for the final time.
10 June 1958
The Centenary Gala of the Royal Opera House took place in celebration of the opening (on 6 April 1847) of the third theatre on the Covent Garden site, the first designed for opera.