Her Majesty, the Queen, has established a legacy of service and positive change which we seek to preserve through different charitable acts across Australia in her honour. Our goal is to have a lasting on people within the Commonwealth with activities, programs, and projects that will make their lives better. We are committed to changing Australia and the world in general through connection and collaborations with like-minded individuals and organisations who see the need for a change that does not rely on government resources but what each individual can give.
As a charitable foundation, we with other non-governmental and charitable organisations who are working on projects focused on healthcare and promotion of all kinds of education and culture.
The Legacy of Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. Her paternal grandfather King George V was the one at this time, and her father King George VI was at that time the Duke of York. Her mother was the daughter of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and was named Elizabeth, which was the name also given to the future Queen.
Her Majesty had only one sibling, Princess Margaret, who was given birth to in 1930. She received her education alongside her sister under the tutelage of their mother and Marion Crawford, their governess. This education focused on language, history, music, and literature Crawford would later publish a book about the childhood years of the princess where she mentioned Elizabeth’s orderliness, the attitude of responsibility, and the love of the dogs and horses. This observation has been corroborated by many, including Winston Churchill, who described her character at age two as one with a reflectiveness uncommon and surprising in infant and an air of authority.
The birth of Elizabeth during her grandfather’s reign made her third in line to the throne after her Uncle and Father. No one expected her to become the Queen, given that her uncle was still young and unmarried at that time. Her uncle became the King as Edward VIII after her grandfather’s death in 1936, and she became the second in line. Within that same year, Edward VIII abdicated due to the constitutional crisis caused by his proposed marriage to Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father, George V, then became the King, and Elizabeth became the heir presumptive. This meant that if her parent had a son, he would be heir apparent and ahead of her in line of succession.
In the years that followed, Elizabeth received further education in constitutional history and lived the life of a normal girl as far as it could possibly happen for someone next in line to the throne. She made her first international tour in 1947 when she followed her parents to southern Africa. She clocked 21 on this tour and in a broadcast to BBC on her birthday, she pledged to devote her whole life, be it long or short in the service of the people and the Commonwealth. She has kept this pledge since then. She later got married to Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark.
Elizabeth became the Queen in 1952 after the death of her father who had been ill for some time and was crowned on 2 June 1953, becoming the first coronation to be televised. Her dress for the coronation was designed based on her instructions with the floral emblems of the Commonwealth countries. Before her ascension to the throne, the British Empire has started its transformation into the Commonwealth of Nations, and she continued with this, becoming the first ruling Monarch of Australia and New Zealand to visit the two countries. According to an estimate, three three-quarters Australian population came out to see her in 1954.
Queen Elizabeth oversaw the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean in the 1960s and 70s, a time during which more than 20 countries became independent and transitioned to self-government. The Queen later visited in October 2011 on an 11-day tour.
Her Majesty is the longest ruling British monarch, surpassing her Queen Victoria, her great grandmother in terms of longevity. She has managed to reinvigorate and revitalize the British Monarchy in an age where monarchies are losing relevance. She has been able to do this due to her devotion to the service of the Commonwealth, and her strength and resolve have steered the United Kingdom through many rough patches in its history.
Her impact and significance spread outside the Commonwealth, and she is estimated to have been to 110 countries since she became the Queen, making her the most travelled Head of State today. Beyond promoting cooperation among countries, she is also a great advocate of gender equality, playing a major role in the passing of the Crown Act in 2013, which disassociated succession from gender.