Yesterday we marked Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday with a look at some of the historic events to have taken place throughout her reign. Given that she has reigned for over 64 years – a record unlikely to be surpassed for some generations, if ever – there was far too much to fit into just one post.
As promised at the conclusion of yesterday’s post, here’s a selection of memorable events that took place from 1973, where we ended yesterday with the United Kingdom joining the European Economic Community, to the modern day.
Red Rum Wins His Third Grand National in 1977
Her Majesty is known for her love of horse racing, and while Red Rum, arguably the most famous racehorse of all time, wasn’t a Royal-owned animal, he was responsible for making history in 1977 when he became the only horse, a record we wouldn’t bet on being broken anytime soon, to win the Grand National on three occasions.
What made Red Rum all the more remarkable was that he finished second in 1975 and 1976 having won in 1973 and 1974.
Prince Charles Gets Married in 1981
We’re not going to get into family politics, but there is no doubting the significance of what would become Prince Charles’ first wedding, to Lady Diana Spencer, in 1981. A global television audience reported at over 750 million tuned in to watch the event, which took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Sadly, we all know how the marriage would end, followed years later by the tragic death of the lady now known as Princess Diana.
Nelson Mandela is Released from Prison in 1990
A hugely significant moment in history, the footage of Nelson Mandela leaving Victor Verster Prison on February 11th 1990 is iconic.
While his relationship with our Queen would draw criticism from some in South Africa, as President of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ he would both host Her Majesty and spend time with her during his 1996 state visit to the United Kingdom. While he finally succumbed to ill health in late 2013, Mandela remains a beacon for hope, change, and freedom today.
The Queen Mother Turns 100 in 2000
The Queen Mother was often held up by the press as the nation’s favourite royal, and her 100th birthday celebrations in 2000 were marked across the country.
The Queen Mother would sadly pass away in 2002 at the age of 101, but remains a much remembered and loved figure to this day.
Prince William Marries Kate Middleton in 2011
We’ll continue on the royal theme for our final entry, which is the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. The event was broadcast on television around the world, with those of us in the United Kingdom taking advantage of an extra ‘bonus’ bank holiday to mark the big day.
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