Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill: TNZT Nation Reveals Details Behind Their Unlikely Band

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Queen Elizabeth’s ascent to the British throne was anything but predictable. Originally intended to serve as a wing of the royal family, the trajectory of her life unexpectedly changed forever.

TNZT Nation’s new special “An Likely Bond: Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill” looks at Queen Elizabeth’s unorthodox rise to the throne and her close professional relationship with Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

After King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, Queen Elizabeth’s father Prince Albert was crowned King George VI, immediately putting Elizabeth in line for the crown.

Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, ruled during World War II with Winston Churchill as his Prime Minister. During this time, Elizabeth showed her strength and devotion to the people of Britain by joining the women’s branch of the British Army.

Crowned King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose, acknowledged the cheers of the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their return from Westminster Abbey.
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She was the first member of the royal family to be a full-time military service woman.

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“That’s something Winston Churchill would have seen and greatly appreciated, as the royal family is such an example to the nation during our darkest hour,” said Katherine Carter, curator of Churchill’s Chartwell home.

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Shortly after the war, Churchill attended Queen Elizabeth’s wedding, where she married Prince Philip in 1947. Within five years their marriage became a monarchy.

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In 1952, King George VI died after suffering health problems while Elizabeth was on a royal visit to Kenya. Elizabeth traveled to Africa as a princess, but returned to London as queen.

“She was actually in a tree house in Kenya when the news came,” historian Michael Bishop said in the TNZT Nation special. “She’s probably the only person in the world who climbed a tree as a princess and went down as a queen.”

With a 25-year-old taking the throne, many feared what the future held. However, her devotion to duty and love for the country, combined with Prime Minister Churchill’s strength and wisdom, was more than enough to sustain the country.

Over the course of Winston Churchill’s tenure as Prime Minister, the two became confidants and relied heavily on each other as friends and leaders. They were both committed to their duty to Britain and wanted to make sure they were serving the people well.

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When Churchill was forced to abdicate in April 1955, Queen Elizabeth remained close to the legendary World War II leader and showed him and his family the utmost respect.

“I will always count myself lucky that you were my Prime Minister at the beginning of my reign, and that I was able to receive the wise counsel and also the friendship, which I know my father valued so much,” Elizabeth wrote in a letter. to Churchill.

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Queen Elizabeth remained fond of and grateful to Churchill throughout her life, honoring him with a state funeral when he died in 1965.

“Very few non-royals have ever had a state funeral. So this in itself is a big statement about how tall the Queen was to Winston Churchill,” Carter said.

“An Likely Bond” shows that although these two legendary leaders of Britain came from very different eras of history, their shared values ​​and love for the country forged a bond that no one could have predicted. It was also a connection that the country desperately needed.

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