Facts about Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II Biography
Queen Elizabeth II has been the United Kingdom’s reigning monarch since 1952.
Elizabeth was proclaimed queen on February 6, 1952 following the death of her father, George VI; she was formally crowned the next year, on June 2, 1953. Her husband, Prince Philip, comes from the royal family of Greece and was created Duke of Edinburgh prior to their wedding on November 20, 1947.
Elizabeth and Philip have four children: Charles (b. 1948), Anne (b. 1950), Andrew (b. 1960) and Edward (b. 1964); as the eldest, Prince Charles is heir to the throne. Queen Elizabeth II is the sister of the late Princess Margaret, daughter of the late Queen Mother, mother-in-law to the late Princess Diana, and grandmother to the princes William and Harry.
Queen Elizabeth II also shares a name, if not a number, with a famous predecessor: Queen Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558-1603. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002, marking 50 years on the throne, and then followed with a Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012. She became the longest-serving monarch in British history on on September 9th, 2015, when she reached 63 years, seven months and two days as queen — surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.