In the late
1950s to the mid-1960s, HM faced a number of challenges, not just on a
political, but on a personal level. The second decade of her reign save a
change in the order of the world, but she stayed the same as always, the same
with the consistency she’s famous for today.
Political scene of the time:
1956, Britain and France invaded Egypt in an unsuccessful attempt to capture
the Suez Canal. Lord Mountbatten (Dickey) claimed the Queen was opposed to the
invasion, though Eden denied it. Eden resigned two months later. Now, this of
course left a visible strain on their relationship, but we can never know what
The Queen actually thought.
resignation, it fell to The Queen to decide whom to commission to form a
government. The candidate was chosen: Harold Macmillan. The Suez crisis and the
choice of Eden’s successor led in 1957 to the first major personal criticism of
Her Majesty, which would eventually lead to the Conservatives in 1965 to create
a formal mechanism for electing a leader, thus leaving the monarch out of
choosing the Prime Minister.
she made a state visit to the United States, where she addressed the United
Nations General Assembly on behalf of the Commonwealth, after that she opened
the 23rd Canadian Parliament, becoming the first monarch of Canada to open a
parliamentary session. In 1959 she toured as Queen of Canada the United States
and of course, Canada. I have to mention that durring that time she met President John F. Kennedy as well as the First Lady, Jackie Kennedy.
she toured Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Iran. On a visit to Ghana the same
year, she dismissed fears for her safety, even though her host, President Kwame
Nkrumah, who had replaced her as head of state, was a target for assassins. There
were some controversies she had to face, like speculation about assassination attempts
in Canada, although in was never proven, but there was a riot in Montreal when
she appeared. Liz was straight up gangsta about it, she took it all like the
champ she is. She also revared the Beatles in 1965 with the Grand Victorian Cross.
On 6 May 1960, her sister Princess Margaret
married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey. He was
created Earl of Snowdon.
February 1960 she had her third son, Prince
Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York. This pregnancy
was a surprise to everyone, as no one expected she’d have more children. Prince
Andrew was the first child born to a reigning monarch since the birth in 1857
of Queen Victoria’s youngest child, Princess Beatrice. He was named after
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, his paternal grandfather (you have to love
was one more surprise (Elizabeth and Philip were extremely naughty) Prince
Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex. On 10 March 1964 the bundle of joy who picked his title
out of a film came into this world. It is unknown why they picked the name
Edward, many think it’s in honor of Edward VIII, who claimed to be Elizabeth’s