The British Royal Family seem to have been at the center of speculation since practically the dawn of the tabloids. But whereas usually it’s the Queen’s children and grandchildren creating the headlines, this time round it’s Her Majesty Elizabeth II herself to the fore. Here’s how a new book suggests that the longest reigning of today’s monarchs can throw shade with the best of them.
The Queen was born in London in 1926 to the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. After later marrying the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in 1947, she produced Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Anne, Princess Royal. She then ascended to the throne in the wake of her father’s death in 1952 and was officially crowned a year later.
The Queen gave birth to two more children in the 1960s: Andrew, Duke of York, and Edward, Earl of Wessex. And she’s since celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilees in what has been Britain’s longest reign. The U.K.’s devolution, Africa’s decolonization and Canadian patriation are just some of the significant constitutional changes that she’s witnessed during her time on the throne.