King Egbert (802-839). House of Wessex. First recognized King of all of England. Queen Elizabeth II's 34th great-grandfather. During the late 8th century, when King Offa of Mercia ruled most of England, Egbert lived in exile at the court of Charlemagne. Egbert regained his kingdom in 802. Succeeded by son Aethelwulf, father of Alfred the Great.
Elizabeth the first. Tudor queen of England and Ireland, nicknamed 'Gloriana' and the 'Virgin Queen' who overcame many challenges and threats at home and from abroad to preside over a perceived 'golden age' in English history.
A portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh has a newly discovered crescent moon just visible in the top left corner; the moon above waves symbolises Queen Elizabeth I's power over him, with the moon symbolising the queen as 'Cynthia', and the waves symbolising Walter (in his West Country accent, 'Walter' would have sounded like 'water'). (Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA)
Photograph of Princess Elizabeth (b. 1926), later Queen Elizabeth II, with Princess Margaret (1930-2002). Princess Margaret is sitting on “Peggy”, a Shetland pony, while Princess Elizabeth is holding the reins, 1934.
Princess Elizabeth on the South African Royal Tour of 1947. On her 21st birthday on this trip she made her famous radio broadcast in which she pledged her "whole life, whether it be long or short, to your service". Who would make such a speech today? And who could carry it through, as she has done?