On April 21st, 1926, King George V was delighted to announce to the world, that he had a granddaughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York. She was the daughter of his second son, Prince Albert, the Duke of York and his wife, Elizabeth, Duchess of York and third in line to the throne. It was never thought that she would ever become a Monarch. Her early childhood days were carefree and easy in London. In 1936, everything changed, the world heard of the great Abdication. King George V died and Edward, his eldest son became the uncrowned king, Edward V111. On his abdication, in December 1936, Prince Albert of York became King George V1. From that day on, the Princess Elizabeth was very much aware of how much her life would change.
On her 21st birthday the Princess declared that she would serve her country throughout her life whether it be long or short. She married in 1947 and enjoyed being a Naval Officer's wife and mother to her two young children until the early fifties when she started taking on royal duties in her father's place as he suffered ill health. Sadly, in 1952, while on a trip to Kenya, she learnt that she was Queen. Her father had died sometime during the night of February 6th. From that day on our Queen has devoted her life to duty and the service of our country. Through bad times and good she has remained firm and steadfast. At each milestone and celebration, silver, golden and diamond jubilees, she has reaffirmed her dedication to duty and service to us, her people and country. This month we are celebrating her 90th birthday. I, for one, am proud to be British and of our heritage and Monarchy.
I say, Happy Birthday Ma'am. Long may you reign.