The next time you see the royal family in a newspaper or a magazine, don’t just check out everyone’s outfits – take a minute to reflect on the British monarchy. One of the few constitutional monarchies in the world (i.e. where the king or queen does not have the right to chop off peoples’ heads at a moment’s notice), the British Royal family is active and engaged with the country. Just as the world keeps changing, so too has the royal family had to weather some crises in recent times – from death to divorce and scandal – but they seem to be holding up just fine. Having united the country in times of uncertainty, from changing political landscapes to 9/11 and terrorism – since the millennium, the royal family has flourished.
The Queen: One Tough Cookie
The single longest reigning British monarch in history – essentially Queen Elizabeth II is a rock. Crowned at a young age after the death of her father George VI, she is the ruling monarch for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations – which includes 52 states worldwide!