Part 5 of 6 – The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

5.      Sadness

The reign of Queen Elizabeth II inevitably started in sadness, with the death of her beloved father King George VI.  And as the child of a loving, enduring marriage, herself part of a long and secure partnership, the divorces of her sister and children must have been particularly painful.  

The Queen referred to 1992 as her “Annus Horribilis” (Awful Year), a year when Prince Andrew separated from Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Anne divorced Captain Mark Phillips, Windsor Castle was badly damaged in a fire and Prince Charles and Princess Diana agreed to separate.  Worse was to follow when on 31st August 1997, Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in a Paris underpass.  Then in 2002, her Golden Jubilee year, her Majesty suffered a double blow.  First on 9th February Princess Margaret died, aged 71, following a third stroke.  

On 30th March Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died peacefully in her sleep, aged 101.  For 50 years she had been a rock for her daughter and now, having seen her through triumph and sorrows to her Golden Jubilee, she was finally at rest.


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