Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (Elizabeth II to you, Brenda to readers of Private Eye, Mrs. Windsor in Stroke Country, Lilibet as a child, Gertie to her friends, Cabbage to her husband, Betty to Alucard and "Mummy" by Prince Charlesnote ) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Near universally known as the Queen.
Also Queen of fifteen other countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica. She was born in 1926 and acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, George VI. Of her four most recent British Prime Ministers, three weren't even born when she became Queen. On September 9, 2015, she became the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom and its predecessor states, surpassing the record held by Queen Victoria. In October 2016, following the death of the King of Thailand, she became the longest currently-reigning monarch.
Although she appears to be quite diminutivenote and soft-spoken, those who've met her will near-universally say that she is actually a force of nature with a steel-trap mind and an understated, but devastating, sense of humour, which probably explains why she and Prince Philip work so well together. Even the most ardent republicans, after meeting her, can't help but end up respecting her and what the crown represents even if they disagree with the institution on principle, and a number have said that they'd like the monarchy ended - but only once the Queen dies.
Although the monarchy is now mostly ceremonial, the Queen continues to play an advisory role in running of her realms and keeps up to date by going through stacks of government documents everyday. She has regular weekly meetings with her British Prime Ministers and will also provide counsel to the Prime Ministers of her other realms during visits or as requested. These meetings originally started off as elder Prime Ministers providing brief updates to a young queen but eventually morphed into an elder stateswoman giving much-needed advice to her less-experienced officials. While the content of these meetings is strictly confidential (one of the few instances where both parties simply get to be alone), Prime Ministers of all stripesnote have stressed just how vital these meetings arenote and that there is very little that slips by her. In a way, she has become a critical part of the institutional memory of the British government.
Since the Queen is the best-known monarch in the world, she's turned up quite a lot in fiction, usually as an Anonymous Ringer or Invisible President, in part due to her function as a constitutional monarch. Despite a wobble in the early nineties, Elizabeth II remains highly popular in the UK.
Apparently a big Doctor Who fan. (Tellingly, the BBC head responsible for its cancellation is the only one not to receive a knighthood.) A huge technophile, quite tech-savvy; she was the one who insisted on televising her coronation once her husband brought up the idea they are, in case you're unaware (and if you are, where have you been, under a rock?!), exceptionally happily married, with the Queen herself saying she couldn't have done the job for so long without Philip by her side; occasionally they argued at the beginning, and even to this day he occasionally puts his foot in it, but they work well together. Former President Barack Obama's gift of an iPod to her was not a gaffe, as commonly believed: she did, in fact, already have one, but had mentioned it was a generation or two out of date and she would really like a new one. Plus, the royal family now has a YouTube account. This was also Her Majesty's idea. She is also an avid animal lover, having owned several horses and Pembroke Welsh Corgis over the course of her reign.
In a highly surprising, hilarious, and touching display of sportsmanship, she made her acting debut in a scene opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Bond arrives at Buckingham Palace to escort the Queen to the Olympic opening ceremonies, only have to awkwardly wait while she finishes up some work. They travel to the stadium via helicopter and (with the help of a stunt double, naturally) parachute into the arena. Cool Old Lady indeed.
Has had quite a few things named after her, including (but not limited to) a famous ocean liner (commonly abbreviated QE2), a famous clock tower, a steam locomotive, a road bridge (part of the Dartford River Crossing), and a random uninhabited chunk of Antarctica. The US Army even got in on it in 1944, when a crew in the 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) based at Thurleigh named their B-17 ''Rose of York'' in honor of her. Then-Princess Elizabeth not only appreciated it, she showed up at Thurleigh with her parents in tow and personally christened the bomber, which went on to fly 62 successful combat missions before being shot down over Berlin.
We should also add that the Queen has a song dedicated to her.
Owing to intermarriage among the royal families of Europe, she is related to all other reigning hereditary monarchs in Europe. She is second cousin to King Harald V of Norway, third cousin to both Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, third cousin once removed to King Philippe of Belgium, King Felipe VI of Spain, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, fifth cousin once removed to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, seventh cousin once removed to Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, and seventh cousin twice removed to Prince Albert II of Monaco.
She's also the only person in Britain allowed to declare war.note
At one point she had about fifty bajillion Corgis.note
She also was a Wrench Wench back during World War II. She was trained as an army mechanic - while she served as an ambulance driver, she had to be trained as a mechanic as well due to British vehicles being what they are.
Appearances of the Queen in fiction:
- She shows up in Aura Battler Dunbine (set and made in the early 80s) as one of the Upper Earth ('our' world) leaders who deal with pretty much every warring faction of Byston Well being transported to it. Notable in that while she appears, the US president is a fictional one who looks like an aged white-haired Lincoln instead of Reagan.
- Hellsing: She appears at the meeting of the Roundtable conference and exchanges playful banter with Alucard (who acts more deferential to her than to Integra), implying they knew each other from when she was a child. She is the one that gives Integra and Alucard the order to wipe out Millennium.
- In the X-Men mini series "True Friends", Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers are sent back in time to the late '30s, where Kitty meets a handsome RAF pilot Alashdair Kinross and his pre-teen cousin Lilibet, and they end up having an adventure involving Baron Strucker, Shadow King and Logan (before he became Wolverine), in a complex convoluted plotline involving mind-controlling mutants and Kitty seriously considering defying Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act. Once Kitty and Rachel return to their own time, they learn that Lilibet would grow up to become Queen Elizabeth II.
- In 7 Days in Hell, the Queen (played by June Squibb) demands that Charles Poole win the Wimbledon final, firstly by leaving passive-aggressive voicemails, and then by sending her bodyguards in to hold him down while she beats him up with her cane. During the final she responds to Aaron Williams Flipping the Bird at her by flipping it right back at him, and then stops security from intervening in a brawl between Poole and Williams because she wants to see how it turns out.
- 2012 features a cameo of Her Majesty boarding one of the arks with one of her corgis.
- Appears in Austin Powers in Goldmember, played by Jeanette Charles.
- Johnny English. She's seen from the back and can be heard speaking. A mook strongarms her into abdicating the throne by holding a gun on one of her corgis.
- She appears as a child (played by Freya Wilson) in The King's Speech, which is about her father. She saw the film and found it moving.
- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is about a plot to assassinate the Queen. She's played by Jeanette Charles.
- The Queen, as the title character, portrayed by Helen Mirren. The film deals with the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, and the Queen's relationship with her new Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
- The 2015 film A Royal Night Out is about a heavily fictionalized account of Princess Elizabeth and Margaret taking part of the VE Day celebrations in 1945. Hilarity Ensues when the princesses decide to ditch their escorts and head out into the night. The young Princess Elizabeth is played by Sarah Gadon.
- In the Molly (1944) series of The American Girls Collection, Molly and friends fangirl the then-Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose. The Film of the Book has Emily, peer-pressured into acting like what the American kids think an English girl will be like, pretending she knows them.
- Roald Dahl's The BFG. She's only ever referred to as The Queen or Her Majesty, but the illustrations unmistakably depict "Her Majesty" with Elizabeth's face.
- The Windsors provide a rallying point for a chaotic UK after the Change renders modern technology and guns inoperable, in S.M. Stirling's Emberverse. Elizabeth II is described as dying of "heartbreak and overwork" a year after the Change, and is succeeded by Charles, who is eventually driven mad from the stress. His successor, William, is referred to as "the Great".
- A 2012 resource guide for Girlguiding UK suggests discussing with Rainbows (guides between the ages of four or five and seven, depending on the region) Her Majesty's history as a Brownie, Rainbows having not existed when she was of age. The guide also states that she's the patron of Girlguiding UK.
- In Sue Townsend's novel The Queen And I a republican party wins the 1992 General Election using Subliminal Advertising. They abolish the Monarchy and the Royal Family are sent to live on a run-down Council Estate. The Queen adapts reasonably well to the new situation, but the same can't be said of the rest of the family. It's All Just a Dream.
- The Railway Series: The Queen visits the Island of Sodor in the last story of the eighth book, "Paint Pots and Queens". Gordon and Thomas have been in disgrace for most of the book for misbehaving, Edward is considered too old to pull important trains, and James has been having trouble with hills, so it's assumed that Henry will be the one to pull the Royal Train, until an incident with a ladder and an upturned paint pot makes him look like an iced cake. The Fat Controller, needing to make alternate arrangements, decides that Gordon and Thomas have redeemed themselves through generally good behavior and so, as a treat, he decrees that Thomas will shunt the Queen's coaches, Edward will go in front and clear the line, and Gordon will pull the Royal Train. When the Queen does come to the island, she's very kind and polite to all the engines, who she speaks to each in turn, thanking Gordon, Thomas, and Edward in particular.
- In The Secret Throne, the first volume of Peter F. Hamilton's The Queen Of Dreams series of children's books, the protagonist and her sister (aged 12 and 11) have to enter the magical First Realm to rescue their father from the Karrak Lords, evil creatures that have conquered it and kidnapped him. But the Great Gateway sends them into the past of that world so that they can see what it was like before the villains took over. When they cross back to this world, they are still in the past specifically, London during the Blitz and the Karrak Lords are waiting for them there. The girls are rescued by the truck-driving, magic-wand-toting Princess Elizabeth, who knows all about the First Realm (her family has been in contact with it for centuries), and who insists on driving them back to the Gateway in her truck so that they can return to their own time. At the end of the story, the girls learn that they have been invited to Buckingham Palace for tea with Queen Elizabeth, who obviously hasn't forgotten their first meeting.
- Sewer, Gas & Electric features her as a total badass who defends herself from the IRA with an old vickers machine gun and in general foils the plans of people who have annoyed her.
- In the final book of Jo Walton's Small Change trilogy, it is the young Queen Elizabeth II was is finally able to break the back of the fascist regime controlling the country and save the day.
- Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman. Colin never actually meets her Majesty face-to-face, but he talks about her at length, attempts to break into Buckingham Palace to meet her, and he watches a TV broadcast of her on Christmas Day.
- The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett: A chance encounter with a small mobile library while out walking her corgis leads to the Queen becoming a voracious reader, encountering new and unfamiliar ideas, and the status quo of the British monarchy being altered forever.
- World War Z, she gets mentioned in passing when the narrator interviewed a British survivor: It is a combination Tear Jerker, Awesome Moment, and Heartwarming Moment. With explicit reference to how George VI, her father, behaved during WWII, she refused to evacuate during the epidemic in order to symbolically and literally endure with her people and serve as an inspiration. We do not get any specific details on what happened to her, but the implication is that she was not killed by zombies, but still nonetheless perished during the hardships.
- The Netflix series The Crown (2016) is intended to dramatize her entire reign, starting with the political minefield surrounding her accession. For the first two series, she's played by Claire Foy in her second portrayal of an English queen after Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall. Olivia Colman takes over in Series 3, when the show reaches her middle age (starting around the early 1970s).
- Doctor Who: Twice, both times played by an actress: "Silver Nemesis" and "Voyage of the Damned". In fact, "Voyage of the Damned" was rumored to have been intended to have an actual cameo by Her Majesty (instead of the actress who appeared), but scheduling conflicts nixed it. She appeared as herself via archival footage of her coronation, in "The Idiot's Lantern". The Queen is also a massive fan of the show.
- Israeli satire show Eretz Nehederet featured two different portrayals of her, by two different actors: the first portrayed her as a grumpy old woman who domineers her son and is implied to be behind Diana's untimely death, and the other portrayed her as frequently slipping into her real persona of a Football Hooligan full of Patriotic Fervor.
- Several episodes of The Goodies featured appearances by the Queen, always seen either from behind or in shadow, with her voice provided by longtime Goodies collaborator Sheila Steafel.
- Depicted in in an episode of Hannah Montana, where Hannah and Robbie Ray deliberately play a very fast performance when the Queen has an audience with Hannah, in order for them to attend Jackson's basketball game. The Queen later asks her assistant if she had just been "punk'd".
- I Love Lucy: In "Lucy Meets the Queen", Lucy desperately wants to meet Her Majesty. In the end, she does such a good job performing in Ricky's show at Royal Albert Hall, the Queen has her asked to the royal box!
- The Kids in the Hall (remember, she's the Queen of Canada too, eh?) as memorably impersonated by Scott Thompson.
- In one Monty Python's Flying Circus episode (called "Royal Episode 13 or: The Queen Will Be Watching"), it's announced at the beginning that Her Majesty will be watching part of the show. She tunes in in the middle of a sketch, but to everyone's disappointment, she switches over after a few seconds.
- She is in the Mr. Bean episode "Meeting Royalty". Preparing for a bow, Bean accidentally headbutts her.
- In a rare case of playing herself (for about ten seconds of her portrayal, at least), she appeared in a short film in the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies where James Bond (Daniel Craig) escorted her to the ceremonies. It was a stunt double skydiving out of the helicopter at the actual ceremony, though. A MALE stunt double.
- The Royal Canadian Air Farce often had Luba Goy impersonate Her Majesty, beginning every speech with a high-pitched "hem-hem-hem".
- Played by Fred Armisen with Bill Hader as Phillip in a few Saturday Night Live sketches. The first with Anne Hathaway playing Kate Middleton. Apparently, in private the royal couple are Cockney gangsters.
- Kate McKinnon took over for a sketch about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (aired the very same day as the real wedding!). She's bemused at one of Markle's black guests insisting she visit Philadelphia.
- Spitting Image featured the Queen as a reoccurring character, depicted as the rather level-headed matriarch of an extraordinarily dysfunctional (and weirdly lower-middle class) family.
- The Audience is a 2013 play depicting fictionalized audiences between the Queen and her various Prime Ministers through the decades (between Churchill and Cameron, only Macmillan, Douglas-Hume, and Heath are omitted; Blair was absent from the West End run only to replace Callaghan when the show moved to Broadway). Written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, the title role was originated by Helen Mirren, reprising her role from that film. When the show went to Broadway it won her a Tony (along with her co-star Richard McCabe, who played Harold Wilson). A subsequent re-staging of the play in 2015 changed David Cameron's scene to reflect then-current events (Cameron's government was re-elected to a second term during the play's run).
- She also appears in an episode of Animaniacs, 'Windsor Hassle', (voiced by Tress MacNeille) as well as versions of the rest of the family. Set after the 1992 fire in Windsor Castle, she's trying to get the banquet hall finished. She ends up left with the Warners.
- A Funny Animal version (specifically a corgi) makes occasional appearances in the remake series of Danger Mouse.
- She appears in the Family Guy episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2", in a segment that shows a British version of the series. Neville (Peter's equivalent) wants to get a lock of hair from her to prove that they're related, and he ends up chasing her to her death in a tunnel. She's voiced by Cate Blanchett.
- Her Majesty makes appearances in two episodes of Peppa Pig.
- In the first, Miss Rabbit, who does the majority of the jobs in Peppa's neighborhood, brings the preschoolers along when she receives The Queen's Award for Industry. Her Majesty is nice to the kids, and not too serious to partake in everybody's favorite pastime: jumping up and down in muddy puddles.
- In the second episode, Madame Gazelle's class is in London for a tour. Miss Rabbit fancies herself so much in Queen Elizabeth's good books that she feels confident enough to ask Her Majesty to lead the tour. Not only does Her Majesty oblige, but she hijacks a double decker bus and gets it to jump Tower Bridge.
- She appears in The Simpsons episode "The Regina Monologues", where the family visits the UK. Homer crashes into her carriage as she was out to go buy some light bulbs for the palace.
- She also briefly appears in the episode "To Surveil with Love", voiced by Eddie Izzard.
- She also makes very brief appearances in the episodes "Mom and Pop Art", and "Behind the Laughter".
- She appears in the South Park episode "The Snuke", where she commits suicide after the British invasion plan to put an end to the American Revolution fails.