92nd birth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth

Published April 20, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Today, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain and the Commonwealth countries celebrates her 92nd birth anniversary. Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-serving monarch, traditionally celebrates her birthday twice a year – on the day of her birth, which is April 21, and the Queen’s official birthday on the second Saturday of June. Her real birthday is traditionally celebrated in private with several gun salutes throughout central London at Midday. This year, a live music extravaganza with a star-studied lineup will be star-studded line up will be staged in her honor.” The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall after 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government summit.3

On April 21, 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in Mayfair, London, to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later to become King George VI), and Lady Elizabeth Bowles-Lyon. She was named after her mother, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), her paternal great-grandmother (Queen Alexandra), and her paternal grandmother Queen Mary. She was the eldest of the two royal couple’s children. She was educated at home by tutors with lessons that included French, mathematics, history, and geography. She also took dancing, singing, and art lessons. On November 20, 1947, she wed Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh.

On the death of her father on February 6, 1952, the young Elizabeth became Queen. She was then a young mother with two children, Charles and Anne. She was crowned on June, 1953 at Westminster Abbey, which has been the site of all coronations since 1066. On marking the 65th year of her coronation last February, the queen spoke of her memories of June 2, 1953. With her characteristics wit she described the ride “in the uncomfortable gold state coach to Westminster Abbey” as “horrible!” and “unfit for traveling in at all.”

Queen Elizabeth has been a living icon of national unity. She has a strong sense of duty and diligence and dispatches her official business with great candor, efficiency, and stateliness. Reigning for over six decades and a half in the face of tremendous global and societal changes and developments, she has managed to maintain respect and dignity for the throne. Despite her age, she remains sharp and witty, and has been impressively abreast with current events, trends, and realities.

We greet the people of the United Kingdom on the occasion of the 92nd birth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and wish her and her Royal Family continuing good health, peace, and happiness, and continued peace and prosperity for her country and her people.