years of service
Queen Elizabeth II
As Head of State, Her Majesty undertook various engagements in support of the military, charities and government functions each year. She supported charities and organizations in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. Her Majesty passed away peacefully at Balmoral in Scotland on 8th September 2022.
Her Majesty the Queen ruled longer than any other British Monarch in history, celebrating her 70th year on the throne in 2022 at 96 years old. While she scaled back her workload in her last years due to both covid-19 and her age, she continued to show her commitment to the United Kingdom and the commonwealth.
Two days before her death she welcomed her 15th Prime Minister, fulfilling the pledge she made when she was 21 years old;
"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
Patron to over 600 organizations and charities she lent her support and influence to several sectors including animals, arts & culture, the armed services, textiles and fashion, the environment and much more. She served in WWII as a mechanic for the ATS, and supported the armed services in her role as Commander-in-chief as well as honourary appointments. Each year, she attended several annual events including Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Day.
She undertook daily governmental duties until her last days which include briefings on work in parliament and weekly calls with the Prime Minister. The Queen always remained apolitical and was often turned to from both Tory and Labour leaders for her years of experience and wisdom. Her reign saw 15 Prime Ministers, 14 U.S. Presidents and 7 Popes.
At the requests of Her Majesty's government, the Queen also regularly hosted diplomats and heads of states from around the world during state visits and she undertook dozens of state visits during her unprecedented reign. As head of the Commonwealth, she regularly held meetings with commonwealth officials, attended the commonwealth games and was the most widely travelled head of state during her reign.
Beyond her work as head of state and patron to hundreds of organizations, she enjoyed the outdoors and horseback riding during her leisure time.
Her Majesty passed away on 8th September 2022 after 70 years and 214 days as Monarch. She was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.