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Elizabeth II queen of United Kingdom

  • Birth

    Born: April 21, 1926, London England Elizabeth was the elder daughter of Prince Albert, duke of York, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. As the child of a younger son of King George V, the young Elizabeth had little prospect of acceding to the throne until her uncle, Edward VIII (afterward duke of Windsor), abdicated in her father’s favour on December 11, 1936, at which time her father became King George VI and she became heir presumptive.
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    World War II

    Date: September 3, 1939 - September 2, 1945
  • Marriage

    In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, and their marriage lasted 73 years until his death in 2021
  • The First Child

    The First Child
    Their first child, Prince Charles (Charles Philip Arthur George), was born November 14, 1948, at Buckingham Palace.
  • The king’s death

    news reached them of the king’s death on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth, now queen, at once flew back to England. The first three months of her reign, the period of full mourning for her father, were passed in comparative seclusion. But in the summer, after she had moved from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace, she undertook the routine duties of the sovereign and carried out her first state opening of Parliament on November 4, 1952.
  • Tour of Australia and New Zealand

    In the summer of 1951 the health of King George VI entered into a serious decline, and Princess Elizabeth represented him at the Trooping of the Color and on various other state occasions. On October 7 she and her husband set out on a highly successful tour of Canada and Washington, D.C. After Christmas in England, she and the duke set out in January 1952 for a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Сoronation

    Her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. Elizabeth II: royal tour of New Zealand
    Beginning in November 1953 the queen and the duke of Edinburgh made a six-month round-the-world tour of the Commonwealth, which included the first visit to Australia and New Zealand by a reigning British monarch.
  • Diana’s death

    Diana’s death
  • Wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

    Wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
    .The ceremony, conducted in the presence of the couple's families, was followed by a Church of England Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George's Chapel. The groom's parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, did not attend the civil wedding ceremony, but were present at the Service of Prayer and Dedication and held a reception for the couple in Windsor Castle.
  • Diamond Jubilee

    Diamond Jubilee
    In 2012 Elizabeth celebrated her “Diamond Jubilee,” marking 60 years on the throne. On September 9, 2015, she surpassed Victoria’s record reign of 63 years and 216 days.
  • The Crown

    The Crown
    During this period, public interest in the queen and the royal family grew as a result of the widespread popularity of The Crown, a Netflix television series about the Windsors that debuted in 2016.
  • Elizabeth’s husband

    Elizabeth’s husband
    Having dealt with several physical setbacks in recent years, Philip, who had been Elizabeth’s husband for more than seven decades, died in April 2021. On their 50th wedding anniversary, in 1997, Elizabeth had said of Philip, “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”
  • Platinum Jubilee

    Platinum Jubilee
    In June 2022 Britain celebrated Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne with the “Platinum Jubilee,” a four-day national holiday that included the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
  • King Charles III

    King Charles III
    Prince Charles succeeded her on the throne as King Charles III. Ten days of national commemoration of her life and legacy—long planned as “Operation London Bridge”—followed. Notably, the queen lay in state for a day in St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh and then for three days in Westminster Hall in London
  • Elizabeth’s death

    Elizabeth’s death
    Just days later, on September 8, Elizabeth’s death, at age 96, shocked Britain and the world.