Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25. To date, she has reigned for over 63 years, and from this September she will become the longest serving British Monarch in over 1,200 years.
While on tour in Kenya during February 1952, young Elizabeth received the sad news of her father’s death, and her own accession to the throne. The young Princess flew back to Britain as Queen and was greeted by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other officials at the airport.
As well as Head of State for the UK, she also rules over 15 other Commonwealth realms as Head of the Commonwealth. The aim of the Commonwealth includes the promotion of democracy, human rights, good governance, the rule of law, individual liberty, egalitarianism, free trade, multilateralism, and world peace. There are 2.3 billion people in the member states which accounts for almost a third of the current world population.
Queen Elizabeth’s reign has seen enormous social change and development over the past six decades, the first Television was introduced, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and the Berlin wall was both raised and then brought to the ground. Her longevity has witnessed 12 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, and 12 US Presidents during her reign.
Throughout all her royal and commonwealth duties, Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, have raised four children, and have eight grandchildren. Prince Philip is the longest ever serving Royal Consort and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012.