Elizabeth II is the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of the other Commonwealth realms.
Elder daughter of the Duke of York, who later became king with the name of George VI, and his wife Elizabeth, first Duchess of York, she became heir to the throne in 1936. After serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, in 1947 she married Prince Philip Mountbatten with whom she had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke of York, and Edward, Earl of Wessex. .
She became queen at the age of twenty-five, on the death of her father on February 6, 1952 , and was crowned on June 2, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. During his reign she witnessed important changes including the devolution of power in the United Kingdom, the story of the repatriation of the Canadian constitution and the decolonization in Africa with the strengthening of the Commonwealth of nations of which she is Head . To date, his reign is the longest in British history, having surpassed the previous record held by his great-great-grandmother Victoria of 63 years, 7 months and 2 days (equal to 23 226 days) on 9 September 2015, and is the longest ever for a queen.
Queen Elizabeth II makes a surprise appearance at London’s Paddington Station to visit the recently completed Elizabeth Line, a major infrastructure project named in her honor. The commuter railway, also known as Crossrail, opened to the public on May 24, 2022.
The queen, this year celebrated the platinum jubilee of her 70 years of reign.