As Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth from 6 February 1952 until her death on 8 September 2022, Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022). During her lifetime, she reigned over 32 separate sovereign realms, and at her death, she still held the title over 15 of those countries. The longest reign of any British queen, her 70 years and 214 days in power also set a record for any female head of state.
Elizabeth, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, was born in Mayfair, London (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). As the heir presumptive, Elizabeth became queen when her father became king in 1936 after his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated.
She received a private education at home and got her start in public service during World War II as a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service. They tied the knot in November 1947, and their 73-year marriage lasted until Philip Mountbatten’s death in April 2021. He was a former Greek and Danish royal. Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward were their offspring.
Donald Trump Not Invited To Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral (But Neither Is Obama ― Yet)
It appears that neither Donald Trump nor Barack Obama will attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on September 19. As reported by The Daily Beast, the United Kingdom has invited sitting heads of state and their spouses or partners to the event rather than allowing each country to send a delegation of members hand-picked by the host nation.
U.K. Space constraints, according to officials, are the reason for the limited seating. In addition, the Independent reports that the foreign heads of state visiting Britain following Monday’s service have been urged to board commercial planes and informed that they would not be allowed to use helicopters to navigate around London.
According to Politico, foreign dignitaries would be bused from a location in West London to Westminster Abbey rather than utilizing official vehicles. The U.K.’s choice to limit attendance prevents President Joe Biden from inviting the current target of a criminal inquiry, even though it is customary for former presidents to attend state funerals with the current Chief Executive.
It also ends the wild speculation of media figures like CNN’s Jake Tapper, who said on Friday that it would be “smart” for Biden to invite Trump to be part of the U.S. delegation “and see if he attends.” The royal family has only officially invited Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Still, Daily Mail columnist Emily Goodin pointed out on Twitter that the palace could ask more Americans if desired.
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