Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics
2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and the same year the Winter Olympics were held in London.
According to observers, the popularity of the British royal family began to rise again during this period. A year before the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the wedding of her grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton has been a joy to the public.
Separation of a long-time partner
In the last years of the life of the Queen of Great Britain, her life partners also separated from her. On April 9, 2021, this 73-year relationship ended with the death of Prince Philip, the husband of the Queen of Great Britain. Prince Philip was always by his side during this journey spanning seven decades.
After the death of Prince Philip, the Queen’s reign began a period in which she handed over most of her responsibilities to her successor, Prince Charles.
Was it a ‘golden age’?
Some observers describe Queen Elizabeth’s seventy-year reign as a golden age and compare her to her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled Britain four centuries earlier. The reign of Elizabeth I is considered the greatest era for Great Britain.
On the contrary, according to some observers, the Queen’s greatest achievement was that she was able to maintain her family’s monarchy in the United Kingdom despite widespread social and economic changes.
On the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation this year, Anna Whitlock, professor of royal history at London City University, said that the greatest achievement in a monarchy is to ensure continuity of government and succession. In this respect, the queen is a successful ruler.
The queen did not give interviews, nor did she ever express her opinion on political issues. Comparing herself to Elizabeth I, she once said in her Christmas message that she clearly does not feel like her great ancestor.