Elizabeth II in her Coronation robes and regalia
ELIZABETH ALEXANDRA MARY
21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022
Queen of the UK from 6 February 1952
UK’s longest-serving monarch
The second longest recorded reign of any monarch of a sovereign country
Reign: 70 years and 214 days
I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to you.
(Statement broadcast to the world from South Africa on her 21st birthday.)
I have sincerely pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine.
Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.
(On her coronation day in 1953)
Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green
in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.
(On her Silver Jubilee, 1977)
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