Queen Elizabeth II dies on the age of 96

The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in British history.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in London. She is being held here by her mother, also named Elizabeth. Her father later became King George VI.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth poses for a photograph at her home in London in 1928.

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Princess Elizabeth is seen with her uncle Edward, Prince of Wales, on a visit to Balmoral, Scotland, September 1933. He became King Edward VIII in 1936. But when he abdicated later that year, Elizabeth’s father became king and she became heir presumptive.

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From left, Princess Elizabeth, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on 22 June 1939.

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Elizabeth rides a horse in Windsor, England, 1940. Her love for horses is well documented.

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A 14-year-old Elizabeth, right, sits next to her sister for a radio broadcast on October 13, 1940. On the broadcast, her first, she said that England’s children were full of happiness and courage.

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Princess Elizabeth shakes the hand of an officer in the Grenadier Guards on May 29, 1942. King George VI made Elizabeth Honorary Colonel of the Royal Army Regiment.

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Elizabeth, right, and Princess Margaret wear summer dresses, circa 1942. Margaret was Elizabeth’s only sibling.

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With the Drakensberg Mountains at her back, Princess Elizabeth sits in South Africa’s Natal National Park on April 21, 1947. It was her 21st birthday.

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On November 20, 1947, Elizabeth married Prince Philip, a lieutenant in the British Navy who had been born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. After becoming a British citizen and relinquishing his Greek title, Philip became His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His wife became the Duchess of Edinburgh.

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Princess Elizabeth arrives at a state banquet in London in March 1950.

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Elizabeth acceded to the throne in February 1952 when her father died of lung cancer at the age of 56. Here she walks down the aisle during her coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953.

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Queen Elizabeth II is photographed on the balcony of Melbourne Government House during her tour of Australia in March 1954.

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From left: Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother visit Epsom Downs Racecourse in June 1958.

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The Queen holds her son Prince Andrew while his sister, Princess Anne, looks on during a family holiday at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, in September 1960. The Queen had four children, including sons Charles and Edward.

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Queen Elizabeth II is seen during the State Opening of Parliament April 1966.

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Queen Elizabeth II with her eldest son, Prince Charles, in 1969. Charles is next in line to the throne.

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Prince Charles adjusts his crown during his inauguration ceremony as Prince of Wales in 1969.

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The Queen and Prince Philip wave from an aircraft ramp just before takeoff from Tokyo in May 1975.

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The Queen had her portrait taken at Windsor Castle on April 21, 1976 for her 50th birthday.

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The Queen meets the crowds during her royal tour of New Zealand in 1977.

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Elizabeth takes some of her corgis for a walk at the Windsor Horse Trials in May 1980.

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The Queen stands next to Prince Charles as he kisses his new bride, Princess Diana, on July 29, 1981.

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Elizabeth photographs her husband during a horse show in Windsor in May 1982.

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Elizabeth drives her Land Rover during the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1992.

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At Buckingham Palace, the Queen and Prince Philip watch the floral tributes to Princess Diana following her tragic death in 1997.

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The Queen addresses the nation the night before Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

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Prince Charles looks back on his mother after marrying Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in April 2005.

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In honor of her 80th birthday in 2006, the Queen arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral for a Thanksgiving service.

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The Queen, second from right, greets a crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in April 2011. Her grandson Prince William, third from left, had just married Catherine Middleton.

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The Queen’s signature can be seen in the guest book at Aras An Uachtarain, the Irish President’s official residence in Dublin in May 2011.

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Madame Tussauds London unveiled a wax figure of the Queen in May 2012.

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Prince Charles kisses his mother’s hand on stage while singer Paul McCartney at far right watches the Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations marked Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary as Queen.

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The Queen visits the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London in December 2012.

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A boy takes a selfie in front of the Queen in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June 2014.

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The Queen enters the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle after attending a memorial service for the Scottish National War Memorial in July 2014.

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The Queen is waiting to deliver her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in May 2015.

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Elizabeth listens to her great-grandson Prince George outside a church where George’s sister Charlotte was christened in July 2015. George and Charlotte are the children of Prince William (left) and Duchess Catherine.

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The Queen seated at her desk in her private audience room at Buckingham Palace in July 2015. She is seen with one of her official red boxes containing important papers from government ministers in the UK and from officials from across the Commonwealth and beyond. The photo was taken to mark the moment the Queen became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

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The Queen poses with five of her great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in April 2016.

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The Queen poses with four of her dogs on the private grounds of Windsor Castle in April 2016.

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The Queen and Prince Philip wave to guests in London attending her 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.

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Elizabeth talks to Evie Mills, 14, at a hospital in Manchester, England, in May 2017. Evie was injured in a bomb blast as people exited an Ariana Grande concert.

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The Queen sits at a desk in Buckingham Palace after taping her 2017 Christmas show.

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The Queen will attend the wedding of her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.

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The Queen shares a laugh with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a bridge opening ceremony in Halton, England, in June 2018. It was Meghan’s first royal outing without her husband, Prince Harry, by her side.

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The Queen and Prince Philip view a homemade anniversary card given to them by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in November 2020.

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The Queen will receive a Duke of Edinburgh Rose in June 2021 from Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society. The newly bred rose was officially named in honor of Prince Philip.

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The Queen drives her Range Rover as she attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, England in July 2021.

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The Queen will attend the Royal Windsor Cup polo match and a British Driving Society carriage ride in July 2021.

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The Queen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) greet guests during a reception at Windsor Castle for international business and investment leaders in October 2021.

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The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

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The Life of Queen Elizabeth II

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