Mummy Queen – Happy Jubilee!
4th June 2012
Union jacks are flapping in the breeze, balloons and bunting are waving everywhere, street parties and celebrations are in full swing, and we are all making the most of the four day jubilee weekend.
So this week The Baby Journey are thinking about the lady of the moment, none other than our royal sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, a remarkable woman who is known across the globe. A woman who is known for her poise and diplomacy, her discretion and wisdom; she is a bilingual world traveller who rubs shoulders with world leaders every day and has held weekly audiences with 12 prime ministers, all round a rather inspiring lady.
What we sometimes forget is that she is also a busy mum & wife, juggling everything just like the rest of us.
Her Majesty the Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21st 1926 at her family’s home in Bruton Street, apparently by caesarean section, and four years later became a big sister to Princess Margaret.
At age 13 the teenage Princess Elizabeth met a dashing young man called Philip at a family wedding, he was 5 years older than her and for Elizabeth (or Lilibet as her family called her) it was love at first sight. She started to write to Philip (a Greek prince) and they became pen pals, and fell in love. In 1946 the young couple became secretly engaged.
Although her family did not entirely approve of the marriage (some of Philip’s family weren’t invited to the wedding) Princess Elizabeth married her handsome Prince at Westminster Abbey on November 20th 1947, she was 21 years old. It was the end of the war and her beautiful dress had to be paid for with ration coupons. There were 2000 guests at the wedding, and it was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners across the world.
A year later, on 14th November 1948, Elizabeth and Philip’s first baby was born, a little boy named Charles Philip Arthur George. He was born at Buckingham Palace by caesarean section, delivered by the Royal family’s surgeon gynaecologists (Sir John Peel was present at the births of all of the Queen’s children). Charles was the King’s first grandchild and was baptised at the palace with water from the River Jordan.
21 months later baby Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born at Clarence House on 15th August 1950, and the little family became four .
In February 1952 everything changed when Elizabeth’s father, King George, died and she became Queen. In June 1953 Queen Elizabeth was crowned in front of millions. Her husband was right there next to her, and Charles was at his Mummy’s coronation, although little Anne did not attend (anyone out there with a toddler can see why!).
After 7 years as Queen, Elizabeth had another son, Andrew Albert Christian Edward. He was the first child born to a reigning monarch since 1857.
Four years later Elizabeth delivered her fourth child, another boy who they named Edward Anthony Richard Louis. Charles was 15, Anne was 13, and Andrew was 4. The Royal family was complete!
Fast forward to 1977 and at the tender age of 51 the Queen became a grandmother for the first time after Anne gave birth to her son Peter. In 2010 Peter & his wife Autumn made the Queen a great granny when their first daughter Savannah was born right here in Gloucestershire.
The Queen has four children, eight grandchildren (Peter, Zara, William, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise & James) and two great grandchildren (Savannah and Isla). She celebrates her 65th wedding anniversary to Philip later this year.
Her Majesty is a formidable lady known across the globe, highly accomplished and respected with enormous dedication to her people, courage, stamina and integrity – but also a loving wife and mother who enjoys nothing more than being in the countryside with her family and animals and having fun together. She may be the Queen, but she’s also a Mummy – and this weekend Ma’am we salute you for both.
Congratulations on your Diamond Jubilee Your Majesty, we hope you’re having a brilliant time!
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