On Thursday April 21, Queen Elizabeth II of England celebrated her 96th birthday and her platinum jubilee. The Queen of England has been on the throne for over 70 years now. Which makes her the British monarch who has remained on the throne for the longest time so far, declares the Mirror. During the annual Commonwealth Day ceremony last March, Prince Philip’s widow reiterated her commitment. Due to her mobility problems, Queen Elizabeth II of England was unable to attend the ceremony held at Westminster Abbey. On the other hand, Elizabeth II of England published her annual message.
The opportunity for Queen Elizabeth II to renew her promise made more than 70 years earlier. “My life will always be in service,” she said in a 1947 speech. “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, I am pleased to renew the promise I made in 1947, that I will always dedicate my life to service,” Queen Elizabeth II of England said last March. Thus, despite her recurring health problems, the mother of Prince Charles still wants to honor her commitments by all means.
Elizabeth II of England: a promise made when she came of age
75 years ago, on April 21, 1947, Her Majesty gave a moving speech when she was just a princess. Queen Elizabeth II was then traveling with her parents and her sister, Princess Margaret. On April 21 of that year, the monarch had just turned 21. To mark the historic anniversary, Queen Elizabeth II of England delivered a radio address from Cape Town, South Africa, which was broadcast across the Commonwealth.
In her speech, Elizabeth II of England thanked people for their birthday wishes and spoke fondly of her time in South Africa and coming of age. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether long or short, will be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” she said towards the end of her speech. Queen Elizabeth II accedes to the throne 5 years after this moving speech.
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