Queen Elizabeth II – WSJ

A curiosity of history is that the two most notable British monarchs of the past 200 years have been women: Victoria, who was queen from 1837 to 1901 and defined the Victorian era of Britain’s rise to world power; and Elizabeth IIbecame queen in 1952 and died on Thursday aged 96 after an exemplary reign at a time that tested British unity and courage.

Americans these days think of the British monarchy in terms of celebrity and family melodrama: Diana and Charles, Prince Andrew and Jeffrey EpsteinHarry and Meghan Marklefleeing their royal duties for a life in North America.


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