There is one person to meet 12 US presidents during her reign and outlive the terms of 12 British Prime Ministers. Her Majesty the Queen Elisabeth II of course, or rather: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.”
In fact, the Queen has reigned England longer than President Obama has been alive and celebrated an impressive 50 years on the throne in 2012. In September 9th, she will surpass Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest ruling monarch. Born in 1926, crowned in 1952, the Queen dealt with her royal duties with an appropriate balance of engagement in political affairs and distance in dealing with her private life. During her early years she didn’t know she would be the queen one day, as it all was a complicated turn of affairs. In 1936 her grandfather, King George V died. Her uncle-King Edward VIII, fell in love with an American woman and chose her heart over the crown. At the end, Elisabeth’s father-King George VI, became the king.
The Queen is known for her great dose of tact and cool handling of the royal affairs, including scandals, affairs and tragic deaths. She was the first monarch to pay a visit to Germany since World War I. She was also a first monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland since its independence in 1920. Among a few times the Queen openly expressed her implausible views on a matter of problematic public life was when she objected the marriage of her son-Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles, mainly because of Charles’ involvement with Camilla during his marriage to princess Diana. Interestingly, 69% of the Brits still admit Britain would be worse off without a monarchy. All in all, the British monarchy has one of the highest dose of support among its history.