Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Where can I find information about Queen Elizabeth II?

Junior Secondary

(Years 7-10)

Colour portrait photo from 2011 of Queen Elizabeth II.

Image: Official portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Government House on The Governor-General of New Zealand.

Entry last updated: 4/11/22

Introduction

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) was the Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms including New Zealand. She became queen in 1952 at the age of 25. Her reign lasted 70 years making her the longest reigning British monarch in history.

General websites

The following websites have information about Queen Elizabeth II's life, interests, and reign.

Royal.uk
This is the official site of the British Royal Family. It includes information about family members and news.

  • Find the tab for The Queen's Life and Reign.
  • There will be lots of images and articles to choose from.
  • Choose The Queen's Life and Reign for a good biography.
  • Other articles talk about her family life, interests, and more.

Tips: When looking for info on a famous person try to find their official website because the information is likely to be more accurate than fan sites.

Britannica School

Britannica School is part of EPIC. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Biography (Gale In Context)

This is another EPIC resources that has information about famous people around the world. As well as biographies, it includes videos, audio recordings, and images of past and present famous people.

  • Go to Browse People.
  • From the Topics menu choose British Royalty.
  • Select Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom.
  • This page gives a good overview about Elizabeth II's life.
  • You can find links to more information under headings for biographies, audio, newspapers and magazines.

New Zealand sites

Queen Elizabeth II was the first reigning British monarch to visit New Zealand. The first visit was over the 'royal summer' of 1953-54. She visited another 9 times. The following websites have information about those tours and the relationship Queen Elizabeth II had with New Zealand.

NZHistory

NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. You can leave out small words like ‘the’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, eg Elizabeth II. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

DigitalNZ

DigitalNZ is a search site that focuses on New Zealand history and brings together results from lots of different websites. It’s an easy way of searching online resources from New Zealand libraries, museums, universities and government sites all at once.

Tips: Websites that have .org or .net in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the organisation’s mission and values are.

NZ On Screen

NZ On Screen is an online showcase of New Zealand television, film and music videos on news, current affairs, history, sport and various other categories.

Books

Your local school or public library might have some books about Queen Elizabeth II. Here are some that we found:

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