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When Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born, she was not a direct heir to the throne since her father was the second son of King George V. But after the death of her grandfather and the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VIII, both in the same year. — Elizabeth’s father became King George VI. This decision made the young princess, who was only 10 years old, the next.

From that moment, her life changed as she began training to become the next monarch.

Elizabeth married Prince Philip a few years after the end of World War II and he had returned from overseas service in the Navy in 1947. Soon after, they had their first two children, Charles and Anne.

On February 6, 1952, at age 25, Elizabeth acceded to the throne. After eight years as queen, she had her third child, Andrew, and in 1964 her last son, Edward.

From an early age, Elizabeth understood the power of the media and harnessed it to good effect throughout her reign. At her coronation in 1953, she requested that cameras be allowed into Westminster Abbey to televise the event for the first time. She would go on to allow cameras during her daily engagements, allow unprecedented access to her privacy in the 1969 BBC documentary ‘Royal Family’, and even dipped her toe into social media when she joined Twitter in 2014.

As Queen, she was served by 15 British prime ministers, met 12 sitting US presidents, countless heads of state and visited more than 120 countries.

In 2022 she celebrated her platinum jubilee – which marked an incredible 70 years on the throne – and three months later died of old age in Balmoral, Scotland, aged 96. She was buried alongside her husband of 73 years at Windsor Castle.

Last update: December 21, 2022

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