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Queen Elizabeth II: 70 years as a leader

The UK and much of the world mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II aged 96 on September 8. Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the world leader, who has put in the miles and worked to advance the interests of his nation and the royal family. The workers stopped to discuss the leader and what she meant to them, and to the women in particular. We have collected articles on news from the media.

1952: Woman of the Year

When TIME The magazine named Queen Elizabeth II Woman of the Year in 1952, the 26-year-old acceding to the throne was expected to be a “harbinger of a great future”. In fact, shortly after she became queen, Egypt, Ghana and Sudan left the British Empire. Yet, ruling for 70 years, his power drew both great rulers and crowds of tourists to his state and personified British endurance untainted by politics, the magazine later wrote. He noted that she led her family successfully enough that the next generation was ready to wear the crown.


World leader

In November 1953, the Queen went on a six-month world tour of the Commonwealth, which included the first visit to Australia and New Zealand by a reigning British monarch. In 1954, after state visits to various European countries, she visited Canada and the United States. In 1961 she made Britain’s first royal tour of the Indian subcontinent in 50 years, and she was the first reigning British monarch to visit South America – in 1968 – and the Persian Gulf countries – in 1979. During her Silver Jubilee in 1977, she presided over a banquet in London attended by the leaders of the 36 members of the Commonwealth, traveled throughout Britain and Northern Ireland and toured overseas. sea ​​in the South Pacific and in Australia, Canada and the Caribbean. By her 90th birthday, she had traveled more than a million miles and visited 117 countries. She met 13 American presidents.

(Britannica) and (The New York Times)

“Accidental Feminist”

During her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated as the country’s longest-serving head of state, ascending the throne in 1952. Her coronation took place in 1953. Described as a “feminist accidental” by her husband Prince Philip, she kept her own surname when she ascended the throne. For some, she epitomized the act women do as ‘leaders of memory’, playing that role for the UK on the national and global stage through acts of service and recognition, as well only by his own personality and longevity.

(The National News), (NPR) and (BBC)

Influence on generations

The UK’s third female Prime Minister, Liz Truss, was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II just two days before the Queen died. Truss was its 15th prime minister. Truss said the Queen was the rock on which modern Britain was built and “provided us with the stability and strength we needed”.

(Reuters) and (BBC)

“Rare” quality of leadership

The Queen was described as pulling off “the rare trick for a woman to wield profound influence without causing a backlash, in part because the extent of that influence remained so shrouded in mystery. She didn’t so much normalize the idea of ​​a woman in charge as making the nation forget that was who she was.”

(The Guardian)

The Queen’s funeral will be ‘a national day of mourning’

The day of the Queen’s funeral will be a national day of mourning. According to the London Bridge operation, if the Queen’s funeral takes place on a weekend or other “public holiday” – a day when the banks are closed – an additional day off will not be granted. If it is a weekday, a public holiday will take effect. Employers will have the discretion to decide whether workers are granted a day off. A two-minute silence will take place across the UK at midday on the day of the funeral.

(i—The essential briefing)