How the world changed during Queen Elizabeth's reign

Introduction of Television

The first televised coronation in 1953 marked the beginning of television's impact on British society.

Cultural Revolution of the Swinging Sixties

The emergence of rock and roll and significant social reforms, including abolishing the death penalty and legalizing abortion and homosexuality in 1967.

European Union Membership

Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, marking a pivotal moment in its international relations.


Margaret Thatcher's tenure from the late 1970s to the early 1990s saw widespread privatization and social change.

Technological Advancements

The invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee in the late 1980s.

Death of Princess Diana

The tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997 shook the monarchy and led to significant public scrutiny.

End of Hong Kong's British Rule

Britain handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997, ending its colonial era.

21st-Century Conflicts

British involvement in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the September 11 attacks.

Royal Weddings

Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011 garnered global attention.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Queen Elizabeth's rare public address during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 reflected national solidarity during a crisis.