The Queen

By | Nov 14, 2010

Upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952 his oldest child Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became Queen Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon.

She actually is the queen regnant of sixteen independent states and their territories.

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Elizabeth, Duchess of York. Prince Albert was George VI when he became King on December 11, 1936, taking the throne when his older brother Edward VIII abdicated so he could marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite.

Queen Victoria (1837-1901) is the Great-Great Grandmother to Elizabeth II. Between the two queens the United Kingdom’s throne was held by Victoria’s son Edward VII (1901-1910), his son George V (1910-1936), his sons Edward VIII (1936) and George VI (1936-1952).

Queen Elizabeth married Phillip on November 20, 1948. Nearly a year later she gave birth to Prince Charles on November 14, 1948. Charles is heir apparent to her thrones. She is also the mother to Anne, Princess Royal (August 15, 1950), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (February 19, 1960) and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (March 10, 1964).

Queen Elizabeth II reign of 57 years is the third longest in the history of the monarchs of the United Kingdom. Only George III at 59 years, 96 days from October 25, 1760 – January 29, 1820 and Queen Victoria at 63 years, 216 days from June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901.


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