- Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, officially known as Queen Elizabeth II, became queen at the age of 25 when her father, King George, died
- During her reign, the late queen weathered many personal challenges, one of which was the scandal her son, Andrew, was involved in
- Despite the many challenges she faced, the queen was a strong political figure who tried her best to unite the commonwealth nations
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Many know her as Queen Elizabeth II, but her full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. The queen who died on Thursday, September 8, was born in 1926, Britannica reports.
Queen Elizabeth's early life
The late queen was the daughter of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. As a child, the prospect of Elizabeth getting to the throne was slim. This was because she was the daughter of the youngest child of King George V.
Everything started looking to favour Elizabeth's ascension when her uncle, Edward VIII renounced the throne and Elizabeth's father became king, making her an heir.
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When World War II broke, the queen and her sister, Princess Margaret Rose, spent their time away from London as they stayed both at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
Biography.com disclosed that she started making more public appearances as she became older. The source said:
"In 1945, Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service to help in the war effort. She trained side-by-side with other British women to be an expert driver and mechanic. While her volunteer work only lasted a few months, it offered Elizabeth a glimpse into a different, non-royal world...."
Queen Elizabeth's reign and family
Leadership reports that the queen led the royal family through very difficult times as she interacted with many leaders of different countries.
A historian, Elizabeth, had this to say about the late queen:
"She always put duty first, long after others of her generation had retired. When she became queen, people anticipated a new Elizabethan Age of peace and prosperity. Such optimism was justified..."
The queen married Prince Phillip when she was 21, and the marriage lasted for over seven decades till he died in April 2021.
It should be noted that the queen became a queen when she was at the young age of 25 after her father died at 56.
The two lovers met when the queen was just 13 years old. While the queen was a bit reserved, the reverse was her husband.
During her reign, she became the first British monarch to visit Germany in 50 years. Between 1950s and 1960s, most of the colonised nations under Britain achieved independence and formed what is known as the Commonwealth of Nations.
Challenges Queen Elizabeth faced
Her reign was not without scandals. According to the same Biography.com, the death of Diana, the woman married to her son, Charles, got the dynasty public scrutiny. Before Princess Diana's death, the relationship between her and the monarchy was already tense.
In 1992, Prince Andrew, another son of hers, also became the subject of scandal as his wife (now divorced) was caught in a romantic position with another man.
Professor Anya Uju on Queen Elizabeth
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that during the critical health condition of Queen Elizabeth II, before her death, a Nigerian professor, Anya Uju, made a post wishing the monarch an "excruciating death".
The tweet, which has now been removed by Twitter but captured by Daily Mail, was condemned by American billionaire Jeff Bezos, who found the post distasteful.
"This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don't think so. Wow."