Author(s): Victoria Arbiter
Why is Queen Elizabeth II a pocket GIANT?Because she is the longest-reigning monarch in British history.Because her rule has spanned twelve British prime ministers, twelve US presidents and seven popes.Because she heads a Commonwealth of over 2 billion citizens.Because she is the oldest serving monarch in the world.At age 25, Elizabeth II became Britain's 40th monarch and vowed to dedicate her life to service and duty on behalf of her country. She is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, head of the 53 member Commonwealth of Nations, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and head of the armed forces. Most notably, however, on September 9th, 2015, she became the longest reigning monarch in British history. She has consistently adapted in order to remain relevant, while devotedly upholding the age-old traditions of the monarchy.Although there have only been six British female monarchs, it cannot be argued that some of the most enlightened times in history have occurred during periods of queenship. Elizabeth I led the country through the Golden Age and Victoria ushered in the Industrial Revolution, but it is Elizabeth II who will leave the most illustrious and progressive legacy of all.Victoria Arbiter serves as royal commentator for CNN, specialising in the British royal family and its history. She covered the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations for ABC News, and in 2011 she reported on the royal wedding for CBS News. She regularly appears on CTV (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia) and ITV (UK) www.victoriaarbiter.com
Victoria Arbiter is CNN Royal Contributor and a regular on" Entertainment Tonight," Yahoo News, and" "CTV." "She lives in New York City.