Elizabeth the Queen Quotes by Sally Bedell Smith
7 Leadership Qualities of Queen Elizabeth II That Make Her Stand Out from The Crowd
Vikram Mansharamani Vikram Mansharamani. She has reigned over 12 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, through decolonization and the diversification of British society. And she has managed a number of hardships within the royal family itself, from the wave of divorces and family strife in to the traumatic death of Diana. Through ups and downs, she has persisted. Prep for the top job… you could end up Queen. When she was born, she was third in line for the throne. So when her father succeeded his brother as king in , she was next in line.
As we were dining, he started telling me about his encounter with the Queen of England and her consort. He was filled with amazing stories of how wonderful and hospitable both the Queen and her consort were and how they spend time listening and learning from him. Immediately after our meal, I started reading about the Queen and I was amazed how many leadership lessons I gathered from her life. In Feb , a young princess was in the midst of planning an official visit to Australia with her husband when the news struck that her father — King George VI of Great Britain born Albert Frederick Arthur George — had died. Even when George VI was King, the young Elizabeth was named the heir presumptive rather than heir apparent , as the possibility of a male heir to the throne was still open. As fate would have it, at the age of 25, Elizabeth born in found herself in the midst of grief, thrust into the global spotlight as she ceased being a Princess and became Queen Elizabeth II, the 6th female to ascend the throne. On her return home, she was greeted by her first Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, before returning to her home, Clarence House, where the Royal Standard was flown for the first time of her reign.
Since she took the throne in , the queen has redefined what it means to be a monarch—and withstood a tremendous amount of change within her family, her country, and the world. The way we embrace it defines our future. But there was a difference from the coronations of the many monarchs that preceded her: It was broadcast on television. The decision to televise the coronation was a controversial one; the elderly, tradition-bound commission that planned the event was horrified by the idea of allowing cameras into Westminster Abbey for such a solemn occasion, and Elizabeth herself was camera-shy. But she eventually overruled her advisors and decided to go ahead with a live broadcast. Soon, the queen was a TV watcher herself. Today, the monarchy takes advantage of smartphones and social media to shape its public image.
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change. Her Majesty continues to carry out a full programme of engagements, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State, to leading the nation in Remembrance and celebratory events - all supported by other members of the Royal Family. The Queen sees public and voluntary service as one of the most important elements of her work.
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned in Britain for 66 years, longer than any of her predecessors or indeed any other living monarch on the planet. Her authority as the UK head of state is not so much executive—the monarchy can no longer pass laws, declare wars, or order executions—as symbolic. Yet she remains enormously popular in the UK, and as a result so does the institution she represents. Polls regularly find that at least two-thirds of Brits say the monarchy is good for Britain. This queen was, technically, not born to rule. Her uncle King Edward VIII was the heir to the throne, and presumably any children he might have had would have succeeded him.