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Queen Elizabeth’s Early Life
Queen Elizabeth was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926 during her grandfather King George V’s reign, named Elizabeth after her mother. Her only sibling, Princess Margaret, was born in 1930. The two grew up in London and were educated at home by their mother and their governess, a private tutor.
When she was 10 years old, her Uncle Edward abdicated the throne the same year his father George V died, making his younger brother Albert, Elizabeth’s father, king. Albert chose the regal name King George VI, and Elizabeth became the heir presumptive. This was a shocking development as Edward was young when he took the throne and expected to marry and have children, moving Elizabeth and her father further down the line of ascension. Nevertheless, Elizabeth was quickly ushered into the role of heir presumptive and began to prepare for her would-be reign.
When she was just 13 years old, Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, and so began one of the most enduring and heartwarming love stories of our time. The two began to exchange letters and officially announced their engagement in 1947. They married later that same year and welcomed their first child, Prince Charles, in 1948. Their second child, Princess Anne, followed in 1950.
Highlights From Her Reign
Elizabeth became queen on February 6, 1952, at just 25 years old, after her beloved father, King George VI, died following many years of illness. She and Philip, who passed away last year, were on a royal tour abroad at the time. Philip broke the news to the new queen, and Elizabeth chose to keep her birth name for her reign, making her Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth’s Later Years
Queen Elizabeth surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in 2015, and earlier this year, she accomplished an incredible feat. On February 6, 2022, she celebrated her 70th anniversary of becoming Queen, the only British monarch to reach the milestone.
We’ll miss you, Queen Elizabeth.