| Queen of the United Kingdom and
the other Commonwealth Realms
|Personal Flag of Elizabeth II|
|Reign||1952 - 1984|
|Coronation||2 June 1953|
|Religion|| Church of England
Church of Scotland
Born to Prince Albert, Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth, on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth II had a younger sister named Margaret, and from birth was third in line to the throne. When her grandfather, George V died in 1936, her uncle Prince Edward became King, but was shortly thereafter forced to abdicate thereafter, as he wished to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, an act not allowed or provided for in the Constitution of the United Kingdom. This resulted in her father, a man who was never meant to be king, to rise to the throne, becoming King George VI. In 1947 Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, and later had four children: Charles, Andrew, Anne and Edward. Her father passed away in 1952 and she became Queen in 1952 and was officially crowned Queen in 1953.
At the time of Doomsday, Elizabeth and Prince Philip were residing in Windsor Castle, located in Berkshire, near London. As news of the incoming attack came, Elizabeth, Philip and twenty minor members of government were taken to the coast by helicopters designed specifically to resist the effects of an EMP Burst, leaving Sir John Grady in charge of the palace (as it happened, the place was a safe enough distance away to be spared the firestorms which London was ravaged by.)
While the government officials were evacuated to the Isle of Wight, the Queen, being the figure with the authority to appoint a Prime Minister, was flown to her royal yacht.
Arriving at her yacht, it is speculated that to protect her aforementioned powers, she sailed around the area of the Solent for some time, before entering Cowes. Greeted by a dispirited, yet surprisingly stable, government and public, she was taken to Osbourne House and installed there.
Arrival in the Isle of Wight
The now rump-state of Britain had been reduced to what was becoming known as British Provincial Administration. With the current Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who was at the time in Canada and (incorrectly) being declared dead, the government had become de facto lead Deputy Prime Minister William Whitelaw, who was soon officially appointed by Elizabeth, until a democratic election could take place.
At the time of Doomsday, Elizabeth and Philip's third child, Andrew, was serving aboard a Royal Navy ship in the North Atlantic. After receiving news of the events of Doomsday, the ship set sail for the Isle of Wight, and Andrew, arriving at Osbourne House, was assumed Heir-Apparent, as Charles and Anne were missing, assumed dead.
Speech to the Nation
In November, the BPA arranged for Elizabeth to make a speech from Osbourne House, using the BBC Radio Transmitter located in the Isle of Wight, which had survived the EMP. By coincidence, earlier in 1983, the British Government had been organizing a series of War Games, and had written a speech for Her Majesty to deliver to her nation; it was this speech on which it was based on:
When I spoke to you last, we were all enjoying the warmth and fellowship of a family Christmas. Our thoughts were concentrated on the strong links that bind each generation to the ones that came before and those that will follow. The horrors of war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth.
Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds.
My husband and I share with families up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left our side to serve their country. My beloved son Andrew was at that moment in action with his unit and we prayed continually for his safety, and continue to do so for the safety of all servicemen and women at home and overseas.
It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defence against the unknown. If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected, our country's will to survive cannot be broken.
My message to you, therefore, is simple. Help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it.
As we strive together to fight off the new evil let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be.
I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.
We all know that the dangers facing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long history. The enemy is not the soldier with his rifle nor even the airman prowling the skies above our cities and towns but the deadly power of abused technology.
But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.
God Bless you allThe speech was greatly received by citizens of the Isle of Wight and some parts of the South Coast which picked up the message, and lifted spirits, having a positive effect on the morale of those who heard it.
Later life and Death
By early 1984, it was becoming clear that both Elizabeth and her husband, Philip, were starting to fall poorly from a combination of stress and injuries, presumably from the war. A few days later, it was confirmed that Elizabeth had passed away in her sleep, from a combination of stress, radiation and injuries.
A few days later, following Elizabeth as King of the United Kingdom and leader of the Commonwealth, Andrew was crowned in a small coronation ceremony in Osbourne House, some of which was televised and, to some extent, gave this nation which had seen so much sorrow at least something to celebrate.
Queen Elizabeth is still seen as a symbol of British culture and is still widely revered for her work while monarch. However, while she still is seen to be popular, in Southern England her successor, Andrew is received negatively, in part for what is seen as his abandonment of Britain for New Britain while the state, for the time being, has adopted the usage of "republic" in its name.
Other states have also elected the usage of a monarchy, due to its positive prestige under Elizabeth; both the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria have adopted monarchs (the former Anne, the Queen's daughter who was in the area at the time, and the latter, the local Duke)
One other lasting vestige of Elizabeth was her speech to the nation a couple of months after the events of Doomsday - while the original radio broadcast barely reached farther north than mid-Hampshire, later tape recordings shown to citizens of formally-Commonwealth Nations, particularly elderly citizens, moved them greatly, and she has become a symbol of resilience of British culture.