Celebrating the Queen’s 94th Birthday
Philip Benwell, National Chair Australian Monarchist League, joins Michael to celebrate the 94th birthday of Elizabeth II… Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
Elizabeth was born in London, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Her father ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive.
In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth became head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon.
She has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian patriation, and the decolonisation of Africa.
Elizabeth has occasionally faced republican sentiments and press criticism of the royal family, but in the United Kingdom, support for the monarchy has been and remains consistently high as does her personal popularity.