Loved in memory: Queen Elizabeth II voted the most iconic woman of the last 60 years

Loved in memory: Queen Elizabeth II voted the most iconic woman of the last 60 years
Queen Elizabeth II was named UK's greatest monarch in 2015 (Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been voted the most iconic woman of the last 60 years. The late monarch was crowned the winner when more than 2,000 Britons were asked to choose their favorite female role models, reported Daily Mail

Diana, Princess of Wales, her daughter-in-law, came in second, and Catholic nun Mother Teresa ranked third. US civil rights activist Rosa Parks and talk show host Oprah Winfrey also made the top ten list. More than a quarter (27%) of British people chose the Queen as their top choice. 


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The Spice Girls surprised everyone by cracking the top ten, beating out political figures like Michelle Obama and Beyonce. Additionally, there were some younger role models in the group, including Malala Yousafzai, the 25-year-old recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with divisive climate activist Greta Thunberg and tennis player Emma Raducanu. 

The poll's coordinator, Joanne Ward, a representative for the cosmetics company Fenjal, said, "Queen Elizabeth II held the nation's heart for 70 years. It seems very fitting and a touching tribute that the UK has voted her their most iconic woman."

In addition, respondents were asked about the most iconic moments from the last 60 years. 42% of the participants selected the 1969 Moon Landing as their top moment. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech came in second with 28 percent, with Barack Obama's inauguration as the first Black US President coming in third with 27 percent. 

Queen Elizabeth has received several similar honors from the British people in the past. In 2015, they named her the country's greatest monarch. Her Majesty was the second-longest reigning sovereign monarch in history and was the oldest and longest-serving head of state. The Queen, who was reportedly suffering from ill health and mobility issues, died on September 8 at her Balmoral residence, just a few days after meeting UK's new Prime Minister Liz Truss. She carried the rare honor of holding the throne for over 70 years.

One of her early moments on her way to the throne showed the strength that would define her 70-year reign. After her father's death, Princess Elizabeth was asked which name she wanted to use as queen. She apparently replied, "Of course, my own name. What else?"

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