Keeping busy. Ahead of her death, Queen Elizabeth II continued to carry out more public engagements than many of the other British royals combined — even after 70 years on the throne.The late monarch assumed the role at age 25 in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.
Elizabeth went on to become the longest-reigning and longest-lived monarch in British history and was the longest-serving female head of state in the world.Her Majesty, who was married to the late Prince Philip for more than 70 years, shared four children with her husband: King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.Charles, who was first in the line of succession before his mother’s passing, was the longest-waiting heir apparent in U.K.
history and is also the oldest British monarch to ever take the throne. In 2018, Elizabeth spoke out about her eldest son eventually taking over as the next royal leader.“It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations – and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales will carry on the important work started by my father in 1949,” she said at a government meeting at the time. “By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us, a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all.”Charles, for his part, added: “The modern Commonwealth has a vital role to play in building bridges between our countries, fairer societies within them and a more secure world around them.”The queen later made headlines in February 2022 when she announced her wish forRead more on usmagazine.com