Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth
Career
Queen, Politician
Hometown
Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Birthday
06 February 1952

Biography

Elizabeth was born in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth became head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. She has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian patriation, and the decolonisation of Africa. Between 1956 and 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence, and as realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (renamed Sri Lanka), became republics. Her many historic visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. Significant events have included her coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively. In 2017, she became the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee. She is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, as well as the world's longest-serving female head of state, oldest living monarch, longest-reigning current monarch, and the oldest and longest-serving current head of state.

Elizabeth has occasionally faced republican sentiments and press criticism of the royal family, in particular after the breakdown of her children's marriages, her annus horribilis in 1992, and the death in 1997 of her former daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales. However, in the United Kingdom, support for the monarchy has been and remains consistently high, as does her personal popularity.

Celebrity news

Double The Fun! Why Does Queen Elizabeth Have Two Birthdays?

Celebrity news

The Stunning Transformation of Queen Elizabeth: From Shy Teenager to The Queen of Monarchs

Psychology

Queen Elizabeth Spotted Driving Herself Home From Church

Celebrity news

Why Queen Elizabeth Broke Royal Protocol After 9/11 Tragedy

Psychology

Why Queen Elizabeth Loves To Wear Bright Colors When She's In Public

Celebrity news

The British Laws And Rules That Queen Elizabeth II Failed To Follow

Celebrity news

You Call Her Queen Elizabeth II, But Her Husband Calls Her Something Adorable

Real life

Queen Elizabeth May Hand Over Powers To Prince Charles Sooner Than Expected, Royal Expert Explained

Celebrity news

Close Call: Queen Elizabeth Revealed How She Managed To "Escape Fatality" In 1994

Celebrity news

Prince Philip And Queen Elizabeth Have Separate Bedrooms And The Reason Is Understandable

Psychology

Queen Elizabeth And Husband, Prince Philip Look Happy In Love In Newly Released Photo

Celebrity news

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Reveals Why Queen Elizabeth Loves To Wear Bright Colors

Celebrity news

All The Times Queen Elizabeth Was An Ultimate, Caring, And Loving Grandma

Celebrity news

Queen Elizabeth Expresses Her Sympathy To Those Affected By The Wildfires In Meghan Markle's Home State

Real life

Queen Elizabeth Is Being Warned Against Handing Power Over To Prince Charles

Real life

Queen Elizabeth Rarely Wears Trousers But She Chose To Wear Them For These Special Occasions!

Celebrity news

Queen Elizabeth Paid Tribute On Princess Diana's Funeral By Bowing Her Head

Celebrity news

Queen Elizabeth Welcomed Meghan Markle Into The Firm With A Special And Beautiful Gift