Queen Elizabeth II is the current reigning monarch and Head of State in the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms. She is the first child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and in 1952 at the age of 25 she became Queen after the tragic and sudden death of her father while she was on tour in Kenya. Read our article on The Queen’s accession and coronation.
The queen has a younger sister, The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon who was born in 1930. However in 2002 after suffering a series of strokes she died in King Edward VII Hospital at the age of 71.
The Queen met her future husband Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark for the fist time in 1934 and met him again in 1937. They married on November 20th 1947. Prince Philip is now known as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and although he is married to The Queen he is not the King of England as this would grant him power over Her Majesty.
The Queen and Price Philip have four children, three boys (Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex) and one girl (Anne, Princess Royal).
Eldest child to The Queen, Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the throne and has two
sons with late, ex wife Diana, Princess of Wales. They are Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales. Prince Charles is currently married to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Queen Elizabeth is currently the second longest reigning monarch in the history of the British Monarchy currently celebrating her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne. The only monarch who has out reigned the current queen was Queen Victoria who reigned for nearly 64 years.
In the year of 2012 Her Majesty celebrated her 60th year on the throne with a number of celebrations including a river pageant on the Thames River, a concert at Buckingham Palace and a number of tours carried out by herself and members of the Royal Family. For more on Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations check out the Diamond Jubilee tag on our blog.