London Bridge Is Down: Here’s Its Meaning

LONDON BRIDGE IS DOWN – This line went popular amid the recent death of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

Recently, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 in her summer home in Scotland. Amid her death, the line “London Bridge is down” circulated. This code phrase was used in informing the Prime Minister through a secured telephone line that the Queen passed away.

Queen Elizabeth II

Personal Background of Queen Elizabeth II & her Reigning Decades

QUEEN ELIZABETH II – Here are some details about the personal background and the reign of the Queen as the United Kingdom’s monarch.

For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II was the face of the country’s leadership and was set to be succeeded by her son, Prince Charles. Her passing left countless hearts mourning.

Queen Elizabeth II
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Personal Profile

Born on April 21, 1986 in the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is the granddaughter of the reigning monarch then, King George V, who was the father of her father, then the Duke of York and later on became King George VI. Her mother is then Duchess of York Elizabeth who became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She was delivered through a Caesarean section and was named after her mother. Her two other names are after her grandmothers. She has a younger sibling, Princess Margaret. They were home-schooled with lessons focusing on language, history, music, and literature.

As the throne’s heir…

During the reign of King George V, the grandfather of then Princess Elizabeth, she was third in the line of succession to the throne. Her uncle Edward and her father were the first and second in the line of succession. When King George V died, Edward became king but only for a short while due to marriage matters with a divorced woman. The father of Elizabeth became king. In 1951, the health of King George VI declined and it was Elizabeth who stood for him in public events. She was in a tour when he died.

Family

It was in 1934 when then Princess Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. They were second cousins through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. Articles about their love story entails that she was 13 years old when she first fell in love with him while they were exchanging letters. At 21 years old, they got engaged. Their relationship was filled with a lot of objections with many people thinking he is not good enough for her but their love pushed through.

The marriage of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth was blessed with four children – presumptive King Charles III, Duke of York Prince Andrew, Princess Royale Anne, Earl of Wessex Prince Edward. In 2021, Prince Philip died. On September 8, 2022, the Queen died at the age of 96.

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