Elizabeth II: Historian recounts 70 years of Queen’s reign


Similar to other rulers in British history, biographer Hugo Vickers believes Queen Elizabeth II also earned her own nickname.

“Like Alfred the Great, I think she should be called Elizabeth the Steadfast,” he said.

Speaking to Head of News Anchor and CTV National News Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, Vickers commented on the Queen’s Platinum Celebration, a four-day event commemorating her 70th year on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure makes her the longest-reigning monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicked off on Thursday, with the Queen stepping out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside other working members of the Royal Family to greet thousands of fans.

“Even the most ardent Republican respects her for what she has done as a calm and confident, steadfast head of state,” Vickers said.

“I mean, what countries in the world don’t want a head of state like ours?”

Vickers, who has written numerous biographies of members of the Royal Family, took part in a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, an event the Queen, 96, had to ignore what Buckingham Palace described as “nasty”.

While Her Majesty’s absence was disappointing, Vickers said the service “all went well” and was “excellent”.

“We have to face the fact that we are living at the end of a golden age, which is the best thing to live through,” he said.

“I can’t think of a dynasty in history that I want to live in.”

Watch the full video with Head of News Anchor and CTV National News Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme at the top of the article.

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