Queen Elizabeth II contributions to education; Elizabeth II, in full Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, officially Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, (born April 21, 1926, London, England—died September 8, 2022, Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland), queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from February 6, 1952, to September 8, 2022. In 2015 she surpassed Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Early in 1947 Princess Elizabeth went with the king and queen to South Africa. After her return there was an announcement of her betrothal to her distant cousin Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten of the Royal Navy, formerly Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. The marriage took place in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. On the eve of the wedding her father, the king, conferred upon the bridegroom the titles of duke of Edinburgh, earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. They took residence at Clarence House in London. Their first child, Prince Charles (Charles Philip Arthur George), was born November 14, 1948, at Buckingham Palace.
In the summer of 1951 the health of King George VI entered into a serious decline, and Princess Elizabeth represented him at the Trooping the Colour and on various other state occasions. On October 7 she and her husband set out on a highly successful tour of Canada and Washington, D.C. After Christmas in England she and the duke set out in January 1952 for a tour of Australia and New Zealand, but en route, at Sagana, Kenya, news reached them of the king’s death on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth, now queen, at once flew back to England. The first three months of her reign, the period of full mourning for her father, were passed in comparative seclusion. But in the summer, after she had moved from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace, she undertook the routine duties of the sovereign and carried out her first state opening of Parliament on November 4, 1952. Her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.
Here are some of the Queen Elizabeth II Contributions to Education;
1. The Commonwealth Scholarship:
Queen Elizabeth II was the head of the commonwealth Association of Universities since 1986 and because of her sincere love and value for education she created an Avenue for different universities all over the world to come together as a team and work towards the betterment of their universities.
2.The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes:
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes has been on for about three decades because the Queen believes that giving out prizes to outstanding students will encourage and motivate them to want to do better and be better and it will also inspire the other students to work harder so they can also be the best and it is also a way of celebrating their lecturers for a job well done.
3. The Young leaders Program:
This educational program is aimed at celebrating and supporting every youth who is willing to start taking a year-long leadership course online, from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education after which they will receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards from her royal majesty the Queen.
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Author: Semira Ayeni.