Queen Elizabeth's Reign Changed the World

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned the Queen of England in 1953 upon the death of her father, King George VI.

The world was a very different place than it is today when Queen Elizabeth took the throne.

The British Empire still had colonies around the world, and the World Wide Web would not be invented until decades later.

How is the world now than it was when her reign began?

Decolonization Sweeps the Globe During Queen Elizabeth's Reign

So vast was the British Empire at its height in the 19th century that it was famously said that the "sun never set on the British Empire."

But beginning in 1947—with the independence of the former colony of India—and accelerating throughout the 1950s and '60s, the British Empire slowly crumbled under a wave of decolonization.

Television Takes Over

Around the world, television captured the hearts and minds of people looking for entertainment and news alike.

Whereas previously many people received their news from radio and newspapers, television became increasingly dominant in the 1950s.