Was the Queen a Feminist?

Ahen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Princess Elizabeth of York was born on April 23, 1926 on Bruton Street in London's Mayfair, her father Prince Albert wrote to his mother Queen Mary: 'I hope you and father are delighted at the birth of yours granddaughter," adding, qualifyingly, "Or would you rather have another granddaughter?"

Anke Schipp

Editor in the "Life" department of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

Nobody could have guessed at the time that this girl, whose sex was considered suboptimal shortly after birth, would become Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, head of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Church of England almost 26 years later. It was believed that the future children of Elizabeth's uncle David, later King Edward VIII, would rule the country. But things turned out differently: he abdicated, his brother became king and died young. At just 25, Elizabeth became queen and one of the most famous and powerful women in the world. A woman of the century whose death at the age of 96 shook the world these days.

All people in all parts of the world who were born after 1953 did not know any other British Queen. During her reign, the Queen experienced seven popes, 15 British prime ministers, 14 American presidents, seven federal chancellors and one female chancellor. She was just always there. A familiar face, with dark, wavy hair that turned gray over time, then white.

Everything under control as a child

She seemed small in the last decades when she dressed tone on tone and opened hospitals with a gentle smile or visited one of her countless charity projects. An iron lady who is different than Margaret Thatcher, who actually wore this unofficial title as Prime Minister of the 1980s, did not flaunt her stamina and determination, but always acted polite and friendly and, incidentally, held the longest reign in the history of the British monarchy at seven decades. Her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, was only 63 years old.

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