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, Lizzie-chan to Corgipon, and "Mummy" to Prince Charlesnote at her Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations) 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. Used to be at various times Queen of sixteen other countries which have since become republics, including South Africa and Pakistan. She was born in 1926 and acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, on the death of her father, George VI. Of her five most recent British Prime Ministers, four weren't even born when she became Queen, and the fifth wasnt even a year old. 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 King Rama IX of Thailand, she became the longest currently-reigning monarch. If she survives on the throne to 26 May 2024note , she will surpass the Sun King as the longest-reigning sovereign in world history (for whom we have exact dates anyway).
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, a Sugar-and-Ice Personality, and an understated, but devastating, sense of humour, which probably explains why she and Prince Philip worked so well together - she can *and will* give it just as good as anyone else. 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. She, amongst other leaders, is very close to getting a 100% Adoration Rating (she is, after all, the most popular British royal and royal in general) even though it's impossible to actually achieve that.
Although the monarchy is now mostly ceremonial, the Queen continues to play an advisory role in the running of her realms and keeps up to date by going through stacks of government documents every day. 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 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 fan of Doctor Who. A huge technophile, quite tech-savvy; she was the one who insisted on televising her coronation once her husband brought up the idea they were, 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 in his later years he occasionally put his foot in it, but they have worked 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.How cool?
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.note
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 the 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 bazillion 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.
Nowadays, many people consider her a Silver Vixen because of her good looks and charm even in her mid-90s today.
Sadly lost her husband in 2021 after seventy three years of marriage.
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.
- As the series is set in Britain, Dylan Dog features occasional appearance or mentions of the Queen, though no actual roles until John Ghost takes over as the Big Bad and it's revealed that she's either an Eldritch Abomination or is being impersonated by one, and Ghost works for her and is her lover.
- 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 Alasdhair Kinross (grandfather or great-grandfather of longtime X-Men ally Moira MacTaggert) 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.
- Also in the Marvel Universe, Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird runs into her during her 2016 solo series, having escaped with Lance Hunter from the Hellfire Club's London base via a series of underground tunnels... one of which popped up in Buckingham Palace. Since both were infiltrating the Club, which is known for its hedonism, both were dressed in leather fetish gear.
- In Child of the Storm, she's mentioned a couple of times, mainly in the context of Loki's mysterious visit to Earth in the mid-20th century, meeting her as well as J. R. R. Tolkien. While Loki gave Tolkien a trip around the Nine Realms, he actually dated the then Princess Elizabeth. Yes, really. It's mentioned that she was not pleased with his 'puny mortals phase' and gave him quite the ear-bashing over it. At the end of the first book, she's mentioned as knighting Thor and Loki as supernumerary (extra) members of the Order of the Garter (as they are foreign royalty), and Harry and Steve as full members - Harry's foreign royalty as well, being Thor's son but is also a British subject by birth. Steve, meanwhile, is an American citizen, but being born to Irish immigrant parents in 1918, before the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, means that he's technically eligible for British citizenship.
- Her Majesty is one of the main characters of Pocketville Queen Elizabeths Adventure. At first, she is the main antagonist, usurping the throne and becoming the Pocket Kingdoms supreme leader until her reformation, where it turns out that she and a corgi named Moxie was mind-controlled by a Shadoni, and her position was taken away by Ava. However, she becomes quite the Anti-Hero, going on crazy hijinks and transforms into a Kitsune.
- Cars2 features a car version of the Queen. She knights Mater for foiling the villain's Evil Plan.
- Minions: Scarlet Overkill wants Kevin, Stuart and Bob to steal the Queen's crown. The Queen is voiced by Jennifer Saunders.
- She also knows some killer wrestling moves.
- In Master Moley: By Royal Invitation, the pilot movie of The Misadventures Of Master Moley, Moley meets the Queen, voiced by Julie Walters. She also gets turned into a mole.
- The Queen's Corgi is a movie inspired by the Queen's Corgis. The Queen is voiced by Julie Walters.
- Her Majesty makes an appearance in the 2016 film adaptation of The BFG. The BFG gives her a nightmare about the other giants feasting on children one by one. She is later shown to be very kind to Sophie and the BFG, even taking both of them to an extravagant, and...flatulent breakfast.
- The real Queen makes an appearance in the 2006 live performance, Children's Party at the Palace, which commemorated her 80th birthday. It also happened to be at the Buckingham Palace gardens, and some scenes were even shot inside the actual Buckingham Palace itself. The show revolves around a set of popular characters from British children's literature who go on a quest to retrieve Her Majesty's handbag (which has her reading glasses) so she can read her speech at the end of the show.
- 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.
- Her Majesty appears in the film, The Duke, played by Carolyn Sadowska. After a rather..."flatulent" banquet, she bestows a knighthood upon the titular dog note .
- She makes a brief appearance (face not shown) in Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, although Garfield's attention is more on the corgis, who he's just learned eat the finest liver.
- 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.
- A No Celebrities Were Harmed appearance in Tom Clancy's Patriot Games, wherein she went unnamed, but were referenced by rank and title. She visits main character Jack Ryan in the hospital after he is injured rescuing a likewise-unnamed Prince Charles and Diana from an attempted IRA kidnapping. She awards him induction into the Royal Victorian Order [[labelnote:note]]Itself a fine example of Shown Their Work, as RVO awards are given at the sovereign's discretion, meaning the queen would not have had to go through Parliament to make it happen., which comes prepackaged with a knighthood. Prince Charles has an opportunity to return the favor much later in the book, and for much of the rest of the series, Ryan and members of the royal family who make recurring appearances are shown to be good friends.
- 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 Vicker's 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: With explicit reference to how George VI, her father, behaved during WWII, she refused to evacuate during the epidemic 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, her second time playing an English queen after Queen Anne in The Favourite 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 the Hannah Montana episode "Grandmas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Favorites", where Hannah and Robbie Ray deliberately play a very fast performance when the Queen has an audience with Hannah, 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 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 Philip in a few Saturday Night Live sketches. The first with Anne Hathaway playing Kate Middleton. Apparently, in private the royal couple is 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 defunct Daily Record strip Prince of the Palace was about a royal corgi, and often featured the Queen as a background presence.
- 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).
- Her Majesty makes an appearance in the Pokémon Sword and Shield parody fan animation The Queen wants to battle!, where she is face-to-face with the Pokémon trainer in the Buckingham Palace throne room, with the trainers Scorbunny against her corgis (which arent Pokémon according to the trainer). However, the Queen takes advantage of the trainer interrupting her teatime and lets her Dynamax-ed corgis take it out on the trainer instead of Scorbunny.
- Her Majesty makes an appearance in a fanmade Pokémon Sword and Shield comic where she challenges the trainer, with her two corgis serving as her Pokémon. The trainer freaks out about this.
- The Queen is the main protagonist of The Shrine Of Lost Dreams. She is an anthropomorphic nine-tailed Kitsune who is taken to the Shrine in a dream some time after she lost her husband Prince Philip and is chosen to become the next Guardian Priestess. Compared to her real life counterpart, however, she is Shinto rather than Christian.
- In one episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks, the boys are in London and Alvin persuades a local orphan girl that he's close personal friends with HRM. He fakes a phone call to the palace, then tries to figure out how to actually get the Queen to meet with this child. When the Queen is seen later, she has already heard from the girl about how she and Alvin are good friends, and plays along cheerfully.
- She 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, voiced by Morwenna Banks.
- 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.
- She makes a brief appearance in the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters" as one of the wax statues.
- She makes appearances in the Mickey and the Roadster Racers episodes "Ye Olde Royal Heist" and "Tea Time Trouble" as, surprisingly, a mouse Funny Animal character. Though she is only called the "Queen of England", she is obviously a mouse depiction of Elizabeth II as evident by the silver curls, pearl necklace, and the coat too note .
- She makes an appearance as a corgi Funny Animal character in the Mickey Mouse (2013) animated short, One Man Band, when she catches Mickey playing his instruments outside of Buckingham Palace. Later on, when the royal guards bring Mickey in the throne room, she knights him as Sir One Man Bandington.
- Her Majesty makes appearances (as one of the two only human characters, surprisingly) 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. note
- 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. note
- She makes two appearances in Puppy Dog Pals and is voiced by Tress MacNeille. As a recurring trend in many of Her Majesty's appearances, although she is only referred to as "The Queen", its pretty obvious she is Elizabeth II because of the visible signature silver curls, hat, and black handbag although her face is omitted for unknown reasons.
- In the episode, "Their Royal Pugness", where Bingo and Rolly visit Buckingham Palace to get advice from Crumpet, one of her corgis, for treating their owner Bobs mother like royalty.
- She returns in "The Royal Egg Hunt" where Bingo and Rolly help her corgi Crumpet look for her missing egg-shaped ornament.
- 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.
- She appears in the live action segments of the Spongebob Squarepants episode, "Truth or Square". In Act 4, she and the other live action characters find Patchy the Pirate in the studio who tells them he could find Spongebob everywhere.
- She appears in the Teen Titans Go! episode "Hot Salad Water", where she sets her plan to have revenge on the United States for dumping their tea back in their colonial times in action by mind-controlling them via the tea itself. Eventually she turns Big Ben into a robot and uses various well-known London items against the Titans before being defeated by the Statue of Liberty and her soda can.
- She makes three appearances in Thomas the Tank Engine. She appears in the episode "Paint Pots and Queens", cameos in "Thomas and the Special Letter", and in the 2020 TV special "The Royal Engine".