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Elizabeth II (1926–2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death. The first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth ), she became heir presumptive when the duke became king in 1936 upon the abdication of Edward VIII . During the Second World War, she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service . She married Philip Mountbatten in 1947; they were wed for 73 years until his death in 2021. She became queen on her father's death in 1952, and reigned for seven decades through dramatic changes in her realms, attaining the oldest age of any British monarch (96), and having the longest reign . She endured media criticism of her family over the breakups of her children's marriages, and after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales , in 1997. However, support for the monarchy in Britain remained high, as did her popularity. Elizabeth died at Balmoral Castle and was succeeded by her eldest son, Charles III . ( Full article... )
Did you know ...
- ... that a coffin carriage used in British state funerals (pictured) has been pulled by sailors since an incident at Queen Victoria's funeral in 1901?
- ... that Westminster Abbey 's director of music James O'Donnell , who is responsible for the singing at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II , is scheduled to become a professor at Yale University in 2023?
- ... that in 1988, Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to make an official visit to Spain ?
- ... that in 1952, Douglas Chandor painted the first portrait of Elizabeth II that she posed for following her accession?
- ... that Elizabeth II approved the design of the state hearse used in her funeral?
- ... that Leverton & Sons were given the coffin of Elizabeth II when they were appointed funeral directors to the Royal Household in 1991?
- ... that today's funeral procession of Elizabeth II to Windsor Castle started at the gate to Shaw Farm ?
- ... that the 1991 song " Queen's Road East " by Lo Ta-yu describes Elizabeth II as "beautiful even when saying goodbye"?
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- 1356 – Hundred Years' War : English forces led by Edward the Black Prince (pictured) decisively won the Battle of Poitiers and captured John II of France .
- 1944 – World War II : Finland, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom signed the Moscow Armistice to end the Continuation War .
- 1950 – Korean War : A North Korean attack was repelled by Allied forces at the Battle of Nam River .
- 1985 – An earthquake registering M w 8.0 struck Mexico City , killing at least 9,000 people and leaving up to 100,000 homeless.
- 2011 – Mariano Rivera surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball 's all-time career leader in saves .
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The Good Place , an American fantasy – comedy television series, broadcast fifty-three episodes over four seasons . Created by Michael Schur for NBC , the show focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop ( Kristen Bell ), a recently deceased young woman who wakes up in the afterlife and is sent by Michael ( Ted Danson ) to "the Good Place", a heaven -like utopia he designed, in reward for her righteous life. First announced as an untitled comedy series based on a pitch by Schur, the first season aired from September 19, 2016, to January 19, 2017. The second season premiered on September 20, 2017, and concluded on February 1, 2018. On September 27 of the same year, the third season began its broadcast, ending on January 24, 2018. The fourth and final season began airing on September 26, 2019, and finished its broadcast on January 30, 2020. During its run, the series was critically acclaimed and earned many awards, including two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series . Shout! Factory has distributed DVD releases since October 17, 2017. ( Full list... )
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Women took on many different roles during World War II , including as combatants or workers on the home front . In the United Kingdom, as before in World War I, previously forbidden job opportunities opened up for women, including in factories to create weapons that were used on the battlefield. The roles of women shifting from domestic to masculine and dangerous jobs in the workforce made for important changes in workplace structure and society.
This April 1945 photograph depicts Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) standing beside an ambulance in the uniform of a second subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service , the women's branch of the British Army during the war. Appointed to the honorary position in February 1945, she trained and worked as a driver and mechanic, and was given the rank of honorary junior commander five months later.
Photograph credit: Ministry of Information ; restored by Angerey
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