Queen Elizabeth II has crowned the Queen of England on 2nd June 1953 upon the death of her father, King George VI. In the wake of the recent passing of the Queen
The world was a very different place than it is today
Keep reading to learn how different the world is now.
1. Television takes over
television captured the hearts and minds of people looking for entertainment and news
previously many people received their news from radio and newspapers, television became increasingly dominant in the 1950s.
Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation was viewed more widely on television than it was listened to on the radio—a first for such an event.
2. Nuclear power switches on :
While it became famous for the devastating bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear power also made the switch in the 1950s into a source of electricity. Britain’s first nuclear power station was switched on in 1956.
The location was at Calder Hall, and Queen Elizabeth herself flipped the switch.
3. Homosexuality and abortion legalized:
As in much of the rest of the world, LGBTQ+ rights and women’s rights developed, and the U.K. also saw changes in its legislation. In 1967, both abortion and homosexuality were legalized in the U.K. Decades later…
the Queen was reportedly “elated” to sign the royal assent to the decree legalizing same-gender marriage.
4. Airplanes revolutionize travel :
When Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne, travel to another continent was often a weekslong journey made by ship. But starting in the 1960s, air travel became relatively common and allowed people to make…
such journeys in a matter of hours. Queen Elizabeth took her own first flight on the Concorde from Barbados to London in 1977.
5. The World Wide Web is born
In 1989, a researcher in Switzerland came up with an idea for what would become the World Wide Web. His idea sparked the internet age, which has ushered in major changes in everything from commerce to communications. Queen Elizabeth was…
apparently an early convert to email. The queen watches a demonstration by Christopher Bailey of how the royal website works during her visit to Kingsbury High School (March 6, 1997)
6. A Global pandemic disrupts modern life
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic upended much of modern life. Entire economies and societies ground to a halt for months and, in many cases, years. Still,the rapid development of vaccines have changed the course of the pandemic..
offering millions around the globe protection from severe illness and death.