These days, she reigns in a world facing the threat of terrorism and environmental ruin, a world on edge.
Yet just like her hair - still much the same style as when she first assumed the throne - the Queen has never wavered.
As historian John Grigg said, she has been "a bastion of stability in an age of social and moral flux".
From "God Save Our Aging Queen" in Australia's Herald Sun.
Queen Elizabeth recently, and quietly, became Britain's oldest living monarch a few days ago. (She will have to wait until 2016 to become the longest reigning monarch, that title is still held by Queen Victoria.)
And, keeping up with the spirit of the times, the AP reports that she has launched her own "You-Tube" page. This holiday will mark the first time that her Annual Christmas Message will be delivered via You-Tube, as well as by radio and Television.
The first televised Christmas Message is posted on You-Tube now...and, for those who value tradition, is a staid but enjoyable treat.
It is a deep seeded need in most of humanity to look to a sovereign in times of trouble- and I've often wondered if we, in America, may have made a mistake by doing away with such a position. The British model seems all but perfect- if we had had a solid head of state, would we have need to turn to a Reagan or set up a Bush in times of trouble? Would their roots have been able to scour such deep rents in the American Body Politic? We will never know, but it seems the British can thank their monarch for a great deal.