Queen Elizabeth's Reign: How it Changed the World

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned the Queen of England in 1953 upon the death of her father, King George VI.

The world was a very different place than it is today when Queen Elizabeth took the throne.

The British Empire still had colonies around the world, and the World Wide Web would not be invented until decades later.

How different the world is now than it was when her reign began?

Decolonization Sweeps the Globe

So vast was the British Empire at its height in the 19th century that it was famously said that the "sun never set on the British Empire."

From Egypt to Iraq to Malaysia, former British colonies gained their independence, culminating with Hong Kong in 1997.

Television Takes Over

Around the world, television captured the hearts and minds of people looking for entertainment and news alike.

The Decline of Country Houses

For centuries, the landed nobility in the United Kingdom held vast country estates.

These estates served as either primary residences or weekend and holiday escapes, but in the changing fortunes of the aristocracy in the postwar era, many of these homes fell into disrepair or destruction.

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