The four days were halted by celebrations, military parades and concerts. It is necessary to celebrate the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, unheard of in the history of British royalty. As President of the United Kingdom for seven decades, the Queen has traveled to more than a hundred countries, known to ten French presidents, has seen the birth of nearly 87% of her country’s current population and has maintained immense fame despite crises. On the occasion of the British King’s Platinum Jubilee, FranceInfo presents you with a record-breaking record of seven infographics.
His kingdom is bigger than Russia
If Elizabeth II was Queen of England and the United Kingdom, she would rule all fourteen states of the Commonwealth. Sovereignty is thus the head of stateu Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea or Belize. The other countries it rules are islands or archipelagos located in the Caribbean or Pacific Ocean. His kingdom is more than 18.5 million km2, which is more than the area of Russia.
When she ascended the throne in 1952, she still ruled a large territory. Countries such as Malaysia, Nigeria or Kenya gained independence in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Other independent nations, such as Pakistan or South Africa, have chosen to become republics, so the British no longer consider the Queen as their head of state. Barbados is the latest state to do so at the end of November 2021.
She can defeat Louis XIV
Among current heads of state, Queen Elizabeth II holds the record for the longest life of any other monarch. With more than 70 years in power, he is far ahead of the 55-year-old Sultan of Brunei. The Scandinavian monarchs Margaret II (Denmark) and Carl XVI Gustaf (Sweden) completed the list of immortal heads of state during their 50s and 49s, respectively.
However, the complete record of the king’s long reign does not yet belong to Elizabeth II. In Europe, Bernard VII ruled the kingdom of Libe (a German state) for 81 years and 7 months in the 15th century. The record that can be broken if you live to be 107 years old. On the other hand, the 72-year rule of Louis XIV in France seems to be very accessible.
She has seen the parade of ten French presidents
As a result of her long life, Elizabeth II saw many foreign leaders win over each other. When he came to power in 1952, the United States was led by Harry Truman, the Soviet Union by Joseph Stalin, and Spain by Francisco Franco. In France, Vincent Ariel, the first president of the Fourth Republic, is the head of state.
Since then, ten presidents of the French Republic have won each other. Franுவாois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac lasted for 14 and 12 years, respectively, and were the only recipients of the Queen’s welcome in the United Kingdom (1984 and 1996). In France for state travel (1992 and 2004).
He has traveled to more than 100 countries
During her seven-decade reign, Elizabeth II had the opportunity to meet manyForeign leaders during his 89 government visits. A These include more than 170 trips made by the Queen to other countries Commonwealth. In total, the Queen has visited more than 100 countries during her official travels.
The most visited countries by the king are the members of the Commonwealth, of which he is sovereign. Canada is his favorite destination, with at least 27 visits, followed by Australia (18 visits) And New Zealand (10 visits). Owned countries outside the Commonwealth au Most of the Queen’s state visits were to France and Germany, five visits. Elizabeth II visited France in 1957, 1972, 1992, 2004 and 2014.
Most Britons only know her
Another consequence of his longevity was that no British under the age of 70 knew another king on the throne. According to the 2018 census, this represents almost 87% of the UK population.
Its popularity is at its peak
Her 70-year rule does not appear to have tarnished the Queen’s reputation: according to a poll YouGov In the first quarter of the year, 75% of Britons said they were in favor of Elizabeth II. Its popularity reaches 91% among “baby boomers” (born in the mid-1940s and mid-1960s), but two-thirds of the “millennials” (born in the 1980s and 1990s) have a positive view of their sovereignty.
The Queen is the most famous member of the royal family, followed by her grandson Prince William (66% positive comments) and his Kate Middleton. Then comes the Queen’s first two children: Princess Anne and Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales receives only 50% positive feedback after his mother. Prince Harry and his wife, Megan Markle, who left the royal family in 2020, received less than a third of the lesser-known royalty members’ favorable comments.
Prince Charles is waiting for his turn
Elizabeth II is said to have ruled for 70 years, waiting 70 years for Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest son, born in 1948, four years before he was to be crowned. The heir to the crown since his mother ascended the throne, the Prince of Wales has been in this position for a very long time since the birth of the United Kingdom in the early 18th century.
Prince Charles preceded Prince Albert-Edward, son of Queen Victoria, who ruled the kingdom for 63 years in the 19th century. And because all three of his ancestors were heirs to the throne for a very long time (Princes Albert-Edward, Georges and Edward) they all became kings. The character he has been preparing for for 70 years.
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