Diary of events in the early life of The Queen
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
The following facts, taken from Buckingham Palace archives, document events in the life of Princess Elizabeth in the lead-up to her Accession in 1952. This diary of events is intended for use as a resource, and does not intentionally highlight any particular aspects of The Queen's early life.
21.4.26 Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary born at 17 Bruton Street, London. Educated by private tutors under the supervision of Marion Crawford, (died 1999) a graduate of Edinburgh University. When older, The Princess studied law and constitutional history under the Vice-Provost of Eton, Mr. C.H.K Marten (died 1948); and studied piano under Miss Mabel Lander.
21.12.37 Enrolled as a Girl Guide; became Patrol Leader of 1st Buckingham Palace Guide Company, and later became a Sea Ranger.
13.10.40 First broadcast. Message given during Children's Hour to children of Britain and Commonwealth at home and overseas.
20.4.42 First official audience. The Princess received Colonel Prescott of Grenadier Guards on the eve of her 16th birthday, who gave her a diamond Regimental brooch as a birthday gift from the officers and men.
21.4.42 First official public engagement. Inspection of the Grenadier Guards on her 16th birthday.
3.2.43 The Times announced the King and Queen had consented to Princess Elizabeth becoming President of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
26.2.43 Princess Elizabeth is enrolled as a Sea Ranger
13.4.43 First public engagement alone when The Princess spent the day with the tank battalion of the Grenadier Guards in Southern Command.
31.5.43 Accepted Presidency of the Royal College of Music in place of the late Duke of Kent.
22/23.3.44 Princess Elizabeth's first official tour with her parents. The Princess spent two days with the King and Queen on a military inspection tour in Yorkshire.
31.3.44 First civic tour. Princess Elizabeth completed a two-day tour of South Wales with the King and Queen.
1.8.44 With the Queen, received an Address from the House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne.
22.9.44 First official tour of Scotland with the King and Queen, made first appearance alone in Scotland when The Princess received purses for the YMCA.
3.10.44 First opening ceremony, when The Princess opened Aberdeen Sailors' Home which had been reconstructed.
1.12.44 Launched HMS Vanguard at Clydebank and flew her own personal standard for the first time. It was the first time The Princess had travelled from London without the King and Queen to take part in a ceremony of national significance.
14.4.45 The Princess completed her driving course and passed out as a fully qualified driver.
23.12.45 Announced that The Princess had consented to become President of the Prince of Wales' General Hospital, London.
18.3.46 Launched new aircraft carrier HMS EAGLE in Belfast. Crossed in the cruiser SUPERB, the first naval vessel to fly The Princess's own standard.
30.4.46 Launched tanker "BRITISH PRINCESS" at Sunderland.
10.7.46 Honorary degree of Bachelor of Music of London University conferred on The Princess by great-uncle Earl of Athlone, Chancellor of University.
23.12.46 Girl Guides Association announces that The Princess had agreed to become Chief Ranger of the British Empire Rangers - senior Branch of the Girl Guides' Association.
27.1.47 Accepted office of Permanent Grand Master of Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators.
20.4.47 The King gave orders for appointment of Princess Elizabeth as Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and of the 16th/5th Lancers.
21.4.47 Celebrated 21st birthday in Cape Town; broadcast address to the Commonwealth in which she made a "solemn act of dedication".
9.7.47 Announced engagement to Lt Philip Mountbatten (The Duke of Edinburgh).
20.11.47 Marriage to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
27.5.48 Freedom of the City of Cardiff.
14.11.48 Birth of Prince Charles.
1.3.49 Visit to Edinburgh with The Duke of Edinburgh.
25.5.49 Visit to Northern Ireland; received Freedom of Belfast on 26th May.
21.6.49 Visit to Channel Islands with The Duke of Edinburgh.
4.7.49 Took up residence in new London home, Clarence House.
20.11.49 Visit to Malta.
15.8.50 Princess Elizabeth's daughter, Princess Anne is born at Clarence House.
26.5.51 Presented the King's Colour to the RAF in Hyde Park in His Majesty's absence.
5.6.51 Read the King's Speech of welcome to King of Norway at a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace.
27.9.51 The Princess appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's illness.
9.10.51 Announced from Buckingham Palace that the King, on advice of his doctors, would not carry out intended visit with the Queen to Australia in 1952; and that their places would be taken by TRH Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh.
8.10.51-12.11.51 Tour of Canada.
4.12.51 Introduced as Member of Privy Council.
30.1.52 Attended Drury Lane Theatre in family party with the King, Queen, Princess Margaret and The Duke of Edinburgh on eve of departure for Commonwealth tour.
31.1.52 With Duke of Edinburgh, left London on first stage of tour, arriving Nairobi 1st February.
3.2.52 Arrived at Sagana Hunting Lodge in Nyeri, in the foothills of Mt Kenya. Spent the night at Treetops Hotel. It was at Sagana Lodge that The Princess received the news of the death of HM King George VI on 6th February.
6.2.52 Left Entebbe, Uganda, by air for London, arriving 4.30pm on 7th February.
6.2.52 Her Majesty was proclaimed the new Sovereign at Accession Council at St James' Palace.
8.2.52 The new Queen made Accession Declaration to members of the Privy Council at St James' Palace. Public proclamation of accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Christmas Broadcast 2011
It is through this lens of history that we should view the conflicts of today, and so give us hope for tomorrow.
Christmas Broadcast 2012
At Christmas I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story.
Christmas Broadcast 1997
Being united - that is, feeling a unity of purpose - is the glue that bonds together the members of a family, a country, a Commonwealth.
Christmas Broadcast 2002
All great religions have such times of renewal, moments to take stock before moving on to face the challenges which lie ahead.
Christmas Broadcast 1977
My hope this Christmas is that the Christian spirit of reconciliation may burn as strongly in our hearts during the coming year.
Christmas Broadcast 1972
In the United Kingdom we have our own particular sorrows in Northern Ireland and I want to send a special message of sympathy to all those men, women and children who have...
Christmas Broadcast 1975
Then Christmas comes, and once again we are reminded that people matter, and it is our relationship with one another that is most important.
Christmas Broadcast 2014
For every poppy a life; and a reminder of the grief of loved ones left behind.
Christmas Broadcast 2013
We are forever grateful to all those who put themselves at risk to keep us safe.
Outfits for The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales
Her Majesty The Queen gives formal consent to the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Christmas Broadcast 2008
When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.
A speech by The Queen at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
My grandfather, father, husband and two sons have all undergone training here, and I have had many visits over the years.
Christmas Broadcast 2007
The Christmas story also draws attention to all those people who are on the edge of society
Christmas Broadcast 2006
The birth of a baby brings great happiness - but then the business of growing up begins.
A speech by The Queen at Mansion House for Her Majesty's 80th Birthday
As Groucho Marx once said "Anyone can get old - all you have to do is to live long enough". And there are in my view many other anniversaries this year which are more...
Christmas Broadcast 2005
These natural and human tragedies provided the headline news; they also provoked a quite remarkable humanitarian response.
Norway State Banquet, 25 October 2005
I remember the bonfires along the coastline as we arrived and the enthusiastic welcome we received as guests of your grandfather, King Haakon.
Christmas Broadcast 2004
Everyone is our neighbour, no matter what race, creed or colour.
Statement by The Queen following death of HRH Princess Alice
Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, 7 October 2002
Je chéris ma place dans la vie du Canada et mon lien avec tous les Canadiens et Canadiennes.
The death of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 8 April 2002
I thank you for the support you are giving me and my family as we come to terms with her death and the void she has left in our midst.
Christmas Broadcast 2001
For Christmas marks a moment to pause, to reflect and believe in the possibilities of rebirth and renewal.
Christmas Broadcast 2000
By any measure this Millennium year has been an unforgettable one.
Christmas Broadcast 1999
This December we are looking back not just on one year, but on a hundred years and a thousand years.
Christmas Broadcast 1998
Though we each lead different lives, the experience of growing older, and the joys and emotions which it brings, are familiar to us all.
Christmas Broadcast 1996
I remember my own childhood Christmases here, with my father and mother, and a great family gathering, and now I delight in seeing my children and grandchildren enjoying the...
Christmas Broadcast 1995
But I cannot think of any Christmas of my reign when the message of the angels has been more apt.
Christmas Broadcast 1954
So, our Commonwealth hearth becomes more precious than ever before by the contrast between its homely security and the storm which sometimes seems to be brewing outside, in...
Christmas Broadcast 1994
To see British and Russian veterans standing together, in memory of the sacrifices of their comrades-in-arms, was a moving experience.
Christmas Broadcast 1992
I first came here for Christmas as a grandchild. Nowadays, my grandchildren come here for the same family festival.
Christmas Broadcast 1991
I am constantly amazed by the generosity of donors and subscribers, great and small, who give so willingly and often towards the enjoyment of others.
Christmas Broadcast 1990
I hope that all of us lucky enough to be able to enjoy such gatherings this Christmas will take time to count our blessings.