Queen Elizabeth. biography
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, in London, England, to Prince Albert (King George VI) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 59 years over the 16 nations of the Commonwealth of Realms, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Papua New Guinea, Grenada, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands, Saint Lucia, Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbuda, and Antigua.
Queen Elizabeth began serving her country at the age of 14, using the radio to reassure the public during World War II, inspecting troops as Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards in 1942, and voluntarily joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service to assist in the war effort three years later. With each passing year, Queen Elizabeth grew closer to the common world and realized the importance of the public's voice.
Queen Elizabeth first started falling in love with Philip Mountbatten (son of Prince Andrew of Greece) when she was 13-years-old. Despite Philip being her distant cousin and her father's disapproval of his lack of wealth, the two eventually married in 1947, during the time of Great Britain's War World II recovery. Sensitive to the public's struggles, she used coupons to purchase fabrics for her wedding dress, which she wore down the aisle of London's Westminster Abbey on November 20 of that same year. Soon after, the couple fulfilled their royal duty to produce an heir with the birth of their son Charles (1948) and their daughter Anne (1950).
Following her father's death in 1952, Queen Elizabeth accepted the role as the head of Commonwealth and took over a large portion of the monarch responsibilities, which included daily meetings with England's prime minister and representing Britain on country visits. She was officially crowned Queen on June 2, 1953.
By the late 1960s, Queen Elizabeth had two sons, Andrew and Edward, and named Prince Charles as her successor - she later persuaded him to tie the knot with Diana Spencer in hopes of securing the rule of the Windsor family. The infamous relationship soon overshadowed Queen Elizabeth's public service feats when Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. Public scrutiny quickly followed, when she stayed behind closed with her lips sealed as the world mourned the Princess' untimely death. The public became more enraged when rumors that she didn't want to give the Princess a funeral began circulating, which ultimately forced the Queen to return to London and confront the accusations.
The Queen has since been out of the public eye in part of her grandsons Prince Williams and Prince Charles, who are the tabloids' most steady paycheck.