Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
(1926-present)

woman and Queen of the United Kingdom (from 1952)

Aged 94

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is, and has been since her accession in 1952, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth. She is also queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Elizabeth was born in London as the elder daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother 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 the Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. Elizabeth's many historic visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five Popes. She has seen major constitutional changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian patriation, and the decolonisation of Africa. She has also reigned through various wars and conflicts involving many of her realms. She is the world's oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain's longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant and female head of state in world history. In October 2016, she became the longest currently reigning monarch and head of state following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Times of personal significance have included the births and marriages of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, her coronation in 1953, and the celebration of milestones such as her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively. Moments of sadness for her include the death of her father, aged 56; the assassination of Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Mountbatten; the breakdown of her children's marriages in 1992 (her annus horribilis); the death in 1997 of her son's ex-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales; and the deaths of her mother and sister in 2002. Elizabeth has occasionally faced republican sentiments and severe press criticism of the royal family, but support for the monarchy remains high, as does her personal popularity.

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Coastguard Lookout Visited by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and princesses Elizabeth and Margaret 24th April 1943

St Edmund's Point, Hunstanton, United Kingdom where they visited

This Plaque commemorates the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Old Portsmouth on 11 July 1980

Broad Street, Portsmouth, United Kingdom where they visited

Her Majesty The Queen visited this centre on Tuesday 4th may 1982 to commemorate the restoration of St. John's Market following the disastrous fire in December 1979

St. John's Market, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they visited (1982)

To celebrate the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to the Walker during her Golden Jubilee Year

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they visited (2002)

On this site at 17 Bruton Street stood the townhouse of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne where Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, later to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was born on 21 April 1926. In commemoration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Year 2012

17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1, London, United Kingdom where they was

FREEDOM TREE Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen on 9th May 2005. The sculpture and poems were commissioned to commemorate the 60th. anniversary of the Liberation of the people of Jersey. The tree represents freedom, peace and hope for the future.

Esplanade, St. Helier, Jersey where they unveiled

The National Maritime Museum occupying the former buildings of the Greenwich Royal Hospital School was opened on 27 April 1937 by His Majesty King George VI being the first public act of his reign These Galleries were re-opened on 11 May 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom where they re-opened (1999)

The Rotary Club of Solihull presented this stone and beech tree to the people of Solihull in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II 2012 Sixty Glorious Years Stone donated and installed by Earlswood Garden & Landscape Centre & Mid Wales Stone The beech tree donated by Earlwood Plants Ltd Design by Solihull Council Landscape Architecture, Ecology and Urban Design

Malvern Park, New Road, Solihull, United Kingdom where they commemorated the Royal Jubilee (2012)

To Commemorate the visit to Goorambat of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II March 5, 1954.

53 Hall Road, Goorambat, Victoria, Australia where they was (1954)

To commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2nd June 2012

The Town Hall, Saxon Square, High Street, Christchurch, United Kingdom where they commemorated the Royal Jubilee (2012)

This stone commemorates the visit by Her Majesty the Queen on 28 May 1993 to mark the completion of the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Hartley Quay, Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they visited (1993)

Scarborough Open Air Theatre opened by H.M. The Queen accompanied by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh on 20th May 2010.

Open Air Theatre, Northstead Manor Gardens, Scarborough, United Kingdom where they opened

Railway Station. Before 1848, only aristocratic or wealthy classes could visit Harrogate, but the opening in that year of railway lines to Brunswick and Starbeck stations enabled great numbers of the general public to visit the town in search of health and leisure. Visitors had to travel to central Harrogate by horse-drawn carriage or donkey cart, but in 1862 the North Eastern Railway Company constructed a link line with a new station in the developing area of central Harrogate. Designed by company architect Thomas Prosser, who had also designed York Railway Station, the new station was the first public building in Harrogate to be built of brick. In 1896, an improvement programme provided extended platforms and a beautiful glazed entrance canopy, by which time the station boasted eight platforms. At this time, the often exclusive nature of Harrogate’s visitors entitled the Station Master the rare honour of wearing a silk top hat. In 1965 the Victorian station building was replaced by the present structure designed by Harold Taylor as part of a tower block development. This plaque was presented by Northern Rail in 2012 to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of central Harrogate’s Railway Station. British Monarchs who have passed through it have included King George V, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II.

Railway Station, Station Parade, Harrogate, United Kingdom where they passed through

To commemorate the visit of Her Majesty the Queen on 15 March 1985

Old Grammar School - Church Street, Ashbourne, United Kingdom where they visited (1985)

This statue of Robin Hood with its complementary plaques was presented to the City of Nottingham by Philip E.F. Clay Esq to commemorate the visit of the Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh on the 28th June 1949 during the city's quincentenary celebrations

Nottingham Castle - Outer Bailey Wall - Castle Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they visited (1949)

This dock was opened by Her royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth on March 3, 1947

Pontoon Rd, Harbour, (S 33° 01.285 E 027° 53.804), East London, South Africa where they opened (1947)

National Museum of Wales Courtyard Galleries opened 15 October 1993 by Her Majesty the Queen

English translation: Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru Orielau cwrt Agorwyd Hydref 15, 1993 gan Ei Mawrhydi y Frenhines

National Museum Cardiff - Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom where they opened

Commemorating the visit of Her Majesty the Queen in June 2007 to mark the centenary of National Museum of Wales

English translation: Goffáu ymweliad Ei Mawrhydi y Frenhines ym mis Mehefin 2007 i nodi canmlwyddiant Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru

National Museum Cardiff - Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom where they visited (2007)

To commemorate H. M. Queen Elizabeth II visit to 19 Bronte Street Liverpool L3 5LT on 22nd July 1999

19 Bronte Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they visited (1999)

HIGH SPEED 1 BRITAIN'S FIRST HIGH SPEED RAILWAY. THIS STONE COMMEMORATES THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF HIGH SPEED 1 AND ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ACCOMPANIED BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ON 6TH NOVEMBER 2007

St Pancras Station, London, United Kingdom where they was

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II stepped ashore here on her first visit to the island July 26 1965.

, Cowes, United Kingdom where they landed (1965)

To commemorate the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Stafford on 31st March 2006 to mark the 800th anniversary of Stafford's Royal Charter granted by King John in 1206

Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford, United Kingdom where they visited

On this spot stood Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 16th February 1966 God save the Queen

Main Street, Soufriere, Saint Lucia where they was

To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and the Centenary of William Laslett's Almshouses Designed by Lewis Shepherd and built on the site of the Former City Gaol.

Laslett's Almshouses - Friar Street, Worcester, United Kingdom where they commemorated the Royal Jubilee (2012)

Royal Visit to Anglesey 9th August 1958 This plaque expresses the pride of the people of Holyhead at the fact that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and H.R.H. Princess Anne Came ashore here on the 9th August 1958 and that this was the first visit by Prince Charles to the Principality after his creation as Prince of Wales

Newry Beach, Holyhead, United Kingdom where they visited (1958)

City of Birmingham Centenary Festival 1889 To commemorate the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to the City of Birmingham in it's Centenary Year Maundy Thursday 25th March 1989

The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they was (1989)

Cathedral Church of Saint Philip, Birmingham The Undercroft was dedicated by The Archbishop of Canterbury 14th January 1989 and opened by Her Majesty the Queen Maundry Thursday 23rd March 1989

Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they opened (1989)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II held the Royal Maundy in this Cathedral 1989

Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they held the Royal Maundy in this Cathedral (1989)

Queen's Drive Was so named to commemorate the visit to the borough on the 23rd April 1957 of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Queen's Drive - Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, United Kingdom where they visited (1957)

To commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee visit to Bury St. Edmunds 17th July 2002

Walled Garden - Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom where they visited (2002)