In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday, which is celebrated officially today (Saturday, June 17), Glossophilia is re-posting this piece about her name. Happy Birthday Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor!
Today marks The Queen’s official birthday. By The Queen, I mean Queen Elizabeth II, Her Majesty the Queen of England. (She was actually born on 21 April, but her birthday is marked officially in June.) Here are the many names by which she is and has been known, in roughly chronological order.
On the death of her father in 1952, and until her coronation in 1953, her official style and title in full was Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith
On her coronation in London on June 2, 1953 she was proclaimed as Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
The Queen signs official documents “Elizabeth R.” The R stands for Regina, which means “queen.”
(Originally posted June 2013)