Monday, 21 February 2011

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II

British Monarchs
King George VI
Queen Elizabeth II (6 Feb 1952-present)
The Queen's Coronation was held on 2 June 1953

Some of the early Malay doctors were undergoing their postgraduate studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and they had witnessed the Queen's Coronation.

The 1st & 2nd batches of the Malayan teachers who attended the Malayan Teachers' Training College at Kirkby, near Liverpool, England had witnessed the Queen's Coronation and often relate this wonderful occasion to their children, who then relate the story to their children.

Queen Elizabeth II is much admired by her citizens including those from previous British colonies which are now categorised as the Commonwealth countries. Many have never met her in person. She is admired for her grace and beauty. She also gives very good speeches. British English or "Queen's English" is named in her honour. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history, and with her husband, are the only pair of British monarchs who became octogenarians (beyond age 80).

She was proclaimed queen on 6 February 1952 upon the death of her father, George VI, and crowned on 2 June 1953. 

Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne in February 1952 upon the death of her father, George VI.  Primogeniture, the passing of the throne to the eldest son when a monarch dies, has been the rule of succession, and when there are no sons, the eldest daughter ascends the throne. This was the case when Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne in February 1952 upon the death of her father, George VI. Her husband, Prince Philip, has the title of Prince Consort, but no rank or privileges. The current heir to the throne is Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales. The second heir in line is  Prince Charles' eldest son, Prince William, who weds on Friday, 29 April 2011 to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

Sir William Dargie had painted a beautiful portrait of HM QEII in 1954.