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Queen Elizabeth II
Title: Queen Elizabeth II
Full Name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Father: George VI
Mother: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Born: April 21, 1926 at 17, Bruton Street, London
Current Age:
Married: Prince Philip on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey
Children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on 21 April 1926; she was educated privately, and assumed official duties at 16. During World War II she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and by an amendment to the Regency Act she became a state counsellor on her 18th birthday. On the death of George VI in 1952 she succeeded to the throne while in Kenya with her husband and was crowned on 2 June 1953.

The reign of Queen Elizabeth II since 1952 has spanned a period of rapid and occasionally turbulent change. Britain’s position in the world, her economy, and the very shape and structures of society have all been transformed and many traditional institutions have suffered in the process. Through all this, the path of the Crown has been marked out by The Queen herself, in a prolonged display of unwavering devotion to duty and quiet pragmatism which has met a nationally-felt need, and has won her the unstinting respect and affection of her peoples. As hereditary head of state for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Queen has symbolic and formal functions and duties but no direct powers. She is an embodiment of national identity and continuity and, with her family, performs countless formalities to mark events in the lives of individuals and communities and provides valuable patronage for innumerable charities.

Supported by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to whom she was married on 20 November 1947, The Queen is head of a large family. The first child of the royal marriage and the current heir to the throne is Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, who was born on 14 November 1948 and was invested as Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle on 1 July 1969. He married Lady Diana Spencer ( Princess Diana ) on 29 July 1981; two sons were born to the marriage, Prince William, born 21 June 1982 and Prince Henry ( Prince Harry ), born 15 September 1984. However, the marriage broke down amid widely-publicised bitterness, and a divorce followed. These troubles, together with the divorces of Princess Anne and the Duke of York, were seen by some to diminish the monarchy in public esteem. The death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997 in a car crash in Paris unleashed a wave of hysteria stirred up by the media, and the family have had to suffer relentless intrusion by the world's press into their lives.

Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning British monarch since Queen Victoria, and The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, and Diamond Jubilee in 2012 were celebrated with enthusiasm and displays of loyalty. The Prince of Wales, after suffering a period of unpopularity, has shown resilience and willingness to meet the public half-way in its new mood. His long-established concern for the disadvantaged sections of society, and support of a ‘green’ environmental issues, has enabled him to meet on common ground many who might be put off by grandeur and pomp, while his evident devotion to his two sons Prince William and Prince Harry has won him a real measure of respect. Initially unpopular his wife Camilla has shown herself to be capable in her support. Prince Charles’s willingness to accept change is also reflected in the institution of the monarchy. This has altered significantly in recent times with The Queen’s decision to pay tax, changes being made to the Civil List, and the opening of Buckingham Palace to the public to help fund the restoration of Windsor Castle. Debate about the future of the monarchy continues, but the Royal Family has shown itself willing to contemplate evolutionary change, and the Crown of Britain has entered the second decade of the twenty-first century with renewed vigour and fresh purpose. In 2012 she opened the Olympics in Britain and celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne.

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Signature of Queen Elizabeth II



 Elizabeth accedes to the throne on the death of her father, George VI. 


 World's first jet airliner passenger service inaugurated by BOAC in Comet I aircraft 


 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest just before Coronation Day 


 Francis Crick and James Watson unravel the mystery of DNA 


 - 1954 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip embark on a 6 month world tour including Australia and New Zealand 


 Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Anthony Eden. 


 Laws restricting the burning of coal and establishing smokeless zones bring an end to London's notorious fogs 


 Anglo-French forces invade Egypt after the nationalization of the Suez Canal. 


 Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister  


 The Gold Coast becomes independent as Ghana, the first British colony in Africa to receive its independence. 


 Queen Elizabeth addresses the United Nations and opens the 23rd Canadian Parliament 


 Oil is discovered in the North Sea. 


 Queen Elizabeth tours Canada and the United States 


 Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister makes 'winds of change' speech in South Africa. 


 Union of South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth. 


 Jamaica gains independence 


 Alec Douglas-Hume replaces Harold Macmillan as the Prime Minister. 


 The Beatles release their first LP. 


 Labour government of Harold Wilson takes office 


 Aberfan disaster leaves 116 children dead 


 Capital punishment abolished in the UK for murder, and one year later for all crimes 


 Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales. 


 Troubles break out in the North of Ireland 


 Edward Heath becomes Prime Minister. 


 Decimal currency is introduced. 


 Britain joins the European Community. 


 Miners strike brings down Heath Government. Harold Wilson returns as Prime Minister. 


 Concorde begins first supersonic trans-Atlantic flights 


 Celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Queens accession 


 The world's first test-tube baby is delivered in Oldham, Greater Manchester 


 Margaret Thatcher succeeds James Callaghan, becoming Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. 


 Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral. 


 Unemployment in Britain tops three million. 


 Britain goes to war with Argentina over control of the Falkland Islands 


 Pope John Paul II is first reigning pope to visit the UK.  


 Miners strike again but is defeated by Thatcher.  


 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60th birthday. 


 PanAm flight 103 bombed and crashes on Lockerbie killing 270 


 Poll tax is introduced amid widespread protest. 


 Fall of the Berlin Wall. End of the 'Cold War'. 


 Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister after 11 years and is succeeded by John Major. 


 The Allied forces liberate Kuwait during the Gulf War. 


 Princess Anne and Mark Phillips divorce. Windsor castle suffers severe fire damage. 


 European Parliament comes into force 


 Opening of the Channel Tunnel between England and France 


 Both the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of York divorce. 


 Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister and ends 18 years of Conservative government. 


 Hong Kong reverts to China after 155 years of British rule. 


 Diana Princess of Wales dies in Paris car crash 


 Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland 


 Scotland and Wales vote for their own Assemblies 


 Edward, Earl of Wessex, marries Sophie Rhys-Jones. 


 Queen Mother celebrates her 100th birthday. 


 Twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York destroyed by Islamic terrorists. 


 - 2014. Fourth Afghan War. British and Allied troops in Afghanistan. 


 Queen Elizabeth II marks her Golden Jubilee of 50 years of rule. Deaths of Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. 


 British and US forces invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein 


 Prince Charles marries his second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles and she is given the title Duchess of Cornwall 


 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 80th birthday. 


 Tony Blair resigns as Prime Minister 


 Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip celebrate 60 years of marriage 


 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever reigning British monarch 


 World wide banking crisis. Government has to bail out two major British banks 


 Parliamentary integrity damaged by expenses scandal 


 David Cameron becomes Prime Minister 


 Prince William marries Catherine Middleton. They become Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 


 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years since her accession to the throne.  


 Queen opens the London 2012 Olympic Games 


 Birth of Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 


 Scottish voters reject proposal by the Scottish National Party to leave the United Kingdom 


 End of 4th Afghan war. British forces leave Afghanistan.  


 Birth of Princess Charlotte, daugther of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 


 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest ever reigning British monarch surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. 

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