The Reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Can you guess these things that happened during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II?
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Last updated: September 8, 2022
First submittedNovember 17, 2015
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Year
Clue
Answer
2015
Queen Elizabeth overtakes this queen to have the
longest reign of any British monarch
Queen Victoria
2013
This future king is born to Prince William
Prince George
1997
This territory is returned to China
Hong Kong
1996
British beef is banned from the EU because of this disease
Mad Cow
1994
This tunnel opens, connecting England and France
Channel Tunnel
1989
This network is invented by Tim Berners-Lee
World Wide Web
1988
Pan-Am 103 is bombed and disintegrates over this Scottish town
Lockerbie
1985
This concert is held at Wembley stadium to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine
Live Aid
1984
This terrorist group bombs the Grand Hotel in Brighton
IRA
1982
The United Kingdom goes to war with this country
Argentina
1981
This woman becomes Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
1979
This Conservative becomes Britain's first female Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
1970
The Forties Oil Field is discovered in this sea
North Sea
1969
This faster-than-sound passenger jet makes its first flight
Concorde
1966
England hosts and wins this sporting event
World Cup
1952–1960
This country experiences the Mau Mau rebellion against British rule
Kenya
1956
The UK, France, and Israel invade Egypt to regain control of this canal
Suez Canal
1955
This Prime Minister ends his second term
Winston Churchill
1954
This man becomes the first to run a mile in less than 4 minutes
Roger Bannister
1953
Watson and Crick discover the shape of this molecule
DNA
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Level 81
Nov 17, 2015
Isn't she just known as "Lady Di"? Also damn shuttle company for being named Eurotunnel!
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Level 59
Mar 22, 2017
No, she isn't just known as Lady Di.
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Level 76
Nov 17, 2015
I couldn't for the life of me remember Live Aid. I tried Band Aid and Rite Aid...both obviously wrong. Even tried the politically incorrect "Starvation Aid" and was met with the wrong answer there too.
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Level 76
Dec 26, 2015
Can internet be accepted for www?
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Level 84
Jan 11, 2016
No. Not unless you want to accept Ray Kroc for "who invented the hamburger?" Lee did NOT invent the Internet.
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Level 60
Jan 11, 2016
Feeling delighted with myself for the 100%.

It was one of those quizzes I take and expect to miss a bunch.

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Level 60
Jan 14, 2017
well done
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Level 56
Jan 11, 2016
knew the Tim Berners-Lee one because i saw it on the Big Fat Quiz of Everything yesterday....
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2022
Yessss another BFQ fan! Although maybe I shouldn't be surprised, it seems pretty mainstream in the UK, just not the United States (where I live).
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Level 63
Jan 11, 2016
1977 The year this band were stopped from getting to number 1 as a fitting tribute to her silver jubilee?
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Level 75
Jan 11, 2016
That Q was actually originally in the quiz but was censored out
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Level 63
Jan 12, 2016
ha ha nice one
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Level 77
Jan 11, 2016
I kept trying variations of SST and supersonic transport until it finally dawned on me you wanted the brand name. I got Concorde just in time. The US was not happy with it in the beginning and it was even banned at first from JFK. I only remember it being called "the SST" in the news.
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Level 72
Jan 11, 2016
If Concorde was a Boeing or Douglas product it would have been flying all over the place including the United States.
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Level 53
Jan 6, 2022
Somewhere on Youtube I think there's a recording of John F Kennedy ordering the head of Pan Am in no uncertain terms not to buy Concordes, as it was un-American to do so...

Not that long, ironically, after the American government had been pressurising the British government to abandon development the TSR-2 in favour of buying the General Dynamics F-111

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Level 48
Jan 11, 2016
Why isn't Football World Cup accepted? I spent ages trying to work out what I was doing wrong.
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Level 87
Jan 11, 2016
Just type in World Cup.
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2022
I thought I was wrong because football world cup didn't work
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Level 58
Jan 11, 2016
haha something fell behind my w key and i got the 1989 question while trying to fish it out
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Level 59
Jan 17, 2016
No complaints about being too UK-centric?!
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Level 77
Aug 6, 2018
Given the number of countries of which she's monarch, I think it is absolutely too UK-centric.
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Level 61
Sep 24, 2020
Perhaps suggest some other events you deem to be useful for this quiz, there are plenty of gap-years.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2016
I'm usually opposed to people suggesting more questions - but here goes :-) Didn't Hilary climb Everedt on the day of her coronation? I think that would be a neat one to add, because of the coinciding date, not just the event.
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Level 59
Mar 22, 2017
They reached the summit a handful of days before the coronation, but news didn't reach the outside world until the actual day of the coronation.
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Level 80
Oct 26, 2017
And of course it happened during her reign anyway, as it started with the death of her father.
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2017
good quiz. got 100 %
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2019
Accept Channel rather than needing Channel Tunnel? Given the question already asks "which tunnel".
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Level 68
Aug 7, 2020
Yes Unbelievable, I could not for the life of me imagine which tunnel you meant other than the channel tunnel.
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Level 74
Sep 11, 2022
I tried its nickname " chunnel", and it worked.
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Level 74
Mar 15, 2020
Also managed to score 100%: Good quiz. But I have to complain about the 1966 question. I answered "Soccer World Cup" which didn't work until I deleted the word "soccer". Do you think that there's only a World Cup in one sport?
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Level 57
Sep 11, 2022
It's not "soccer", it's football. This quiz isn't about the US.
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Level 59
Sep 12, 2022
Soccer is a British term. It's only in recent decades that people have got this idea that it's some sort of Americanism, but it clearly isn't (why is Sky's Saturday morning programme called Soccer AM? Or check out any number of books published in the UK between 1945 and 1990 with soccer in the title. Or watch old Pathe News reels on YouTube: loads of mentions of 'soccer' in the commentary).
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Level 74
Sep 11, 2022
You could have tried FIFA World Cup instead. It is accepted, and has no ambiguity regarding what kind of sport it is, or whether it should be called football rather than soccer.
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Level 61
Sep 24, 2020
I don't think we technically went to war with Argentina. Rather we didn't declare war on Argentina. Though it is called the Falklands War as it was a war over the Falkland Islands.
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Level 60
Sep 13, 2022
The imperial war museum describes it like this: "The Falklands Conflict was a short undeclared war between Argentina and Britain".
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Level 68
Mar 8, 2021
Eurotunnel or just channel should also be accepted
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Level 58
Jul 26, 2022
The clue on DNA should at least mention Rosalind Franklin.
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Level 37
Sep 8, 2022
And the impossible just happened
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Level 63
Sep 8, 2022
RIP the Queen 💐
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Level 54
Sep 8, 2022
I’m American and I greatly respected the dedication and patriotism of Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in a well-earned peace.
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Level 36
Sep 9, 2022
R.I.P. H.R.H.
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Level 56
Sep 11, 2022
She was actually 'Her Majesty' - HRH is for other members of the family. Charles went from HRH to His Majesty (HM) at the exact moment of his mother's death.
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Level 64
Sep 9, 2022
DNA is not a single molecule but a string of it.
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Level 50
Sep 11, 2022
Nope, that's not true.
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Level 27
Sep 11, 2022
Long live the queen
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Level 74
Sep 11, 2022
Sorry, but the Queen is dead. Long live the King. Or you could say, long lived the Queen.
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Level 90
Sep 11, 2022
May she rest in Peace. As an American, she forever earned my respect by going against precedent by requesting 'The Star Spangled Banner' be played outside Buckingham Palace on September 12, 2001.
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Level 62
Sep 11, 2022
Not accepting "Channel" as an answer?
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Level ∞
Sep 11, 2022
Channel will work now.
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Level 57
Sep 11, 2022
Between the 6th and the 8th there were 2 people in charge of the UK named Elizabeth.
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Level 70
Sep 11, 2022
I don't mean to be insensitive so soon after Elizabeth's death, but I think it's a bit much to assume Prince George will be king. I get the feeling that the Queen was the only person in the Royal Family that anyone really respected. Public support for the monarchy has already gone down in the past few decades, and with Elizabeth gone I think that trend will only accelerate. I've already heard some nations, like Antigua, are considering referendums to leave the monarchy. I'm not saying the monarchy will suddenly implode, but I wouldn't be surprised if people gradually lose interest in it to the point where there's no point in continuing it. Considering George is only 9 years old, this could certainly happen within his lifetime.
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Level 40
Sep 11, 2022
Yeah, most people do not like Charles as king. Also, if places like Scotland or Northern Ireland leave it will be awful for the commonwealth.
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Level 59
Sep 12, 2022
Give the man a fair chance, he's only just started the job! He might turn out to be rather good at it.
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Level 56
Sep 15, 2022
One would hope so - he did basically serve as an intern for 70 years.
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Level 43
Sep 13, 2022
Also submitted respectfully: there have also been several heirs to the throne who did not live long enough to assume the position. The wording of the question assumes something that is, perhaps, likely and hoped for, but not assured.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2022
Knowing how conservative the British tend to be in different traditions I would guess that the monarchy will not be ended during this century. What probably will happen is that Northern Ireland and Scotland will leave the UK and several commonwealth countries that currently have Charles III as the official (or at least ceremonial) head of the state will officially change to republics and cut this connection.

Another interesting thing is the vast personal property of the Royal family: will the British public continue to tolerate it or will the pressure grow up to demand most of it to be returned to national property ("nationalized" in a way)?

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Level 84
Sep 15, 2022
should have been abolished a long time ago
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Level 48
Sep 12, 2022
Give credit to Rosalind Franklin for DNA. She did a lot of the work for which Crick, Watson and Wilkins were awarded.
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Level 40
Sep 20, 2022
Wow I got 100% that's a first. Haha.