In June of next year, the United Kingdom will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation with the Platinum Jubilee — composed of a series of events including a four-day bank holiday. She will be 96 at the time — and, with that in mind, her doctors are advising her on ways to be in the best possible health for what’s likely to be a significant number of public appearances and jaunts around the country.
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II will be marked in 2022 in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, being the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. In the United Kingdom, an extra bank holiday will be created and the traditional May bank holiday weekend will be moved to the start of June, to create a special four-day Jubilee weekend. The British government has promised a “once-in-a-generation show” that will “mix the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays”.
QUEEN ELIZABETH CORONATION PORTRAIT
If Queen Elizabeth remains on the throne on 6 February 2022, this will be the first time any British monarch has celebrated a platinum jubilee.
n a new report from Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl has details on one particularly notable bit of medical advice she’s received — namely, to take a break from drinking alcohol. What does this mean in practice? According to the article, the Queen is partial to an evening martini, but she’ll be opting for something non-alcoholic as per her doctors’ request.
“It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures,” one source told Vanity Fair.
QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP
The Queen’s penchant for cocktails — both the aforementioned martinis and Dubonnet and gin — isn’t the only area where the royal family overlaps with the world of booze. There’s also a recently-released gin made using botanicals from the gardens of Buckingham Palace. If you’ve ever wanted to increase the Anglophilia in your cocktails, that’s certainly one way to go about it.
Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). Her father ascended the throne in 1936 upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, making Elizabeth the heir presumptive. She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, as well as Head of the Commonwealth.
Elizabeth has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes such as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, devolution in the United Kingdom, the accession of the United Kingdom to the European Communities, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, Canadian patriation, and the decolonisation of Africa.
Between 1956 and 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence, and as realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (renamed Sri Lanka), became republics.
QUEEN ELIZABETH AND THE ROYAL FAMILY DURING SPECIAL EVENT AT THE PALACE
Her many visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. Significant events have included her coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012 respectively. In 2017, she became the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee.
On 9 April 2021, after over 73 years of marriage, her husband, Prince Philip, died at the age of 99.
Elizabeth is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, the longest-serving female head of state in history, the oldest living and longest-reigning current monarch, and the oldest and longest-serving incumbent head of state. Throughout her reign, Elizabeth has faced republican sentiment and criticism of the royal family, particularly after the breakdown of her children’s marriages, her annus horribilis in 1992, the 1997 death of her former daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, and extensive media coverage of her son Andrew’s association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, wever, support for the monarchy in the United Kingdom has been and remains consistently high, as does her personal popularity.