Elizabeth II
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Portrait of Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom
June 2, 1953 – Present

Predecessor George VI
Successor Incumbent
Prince of Wales Charles
Born April 21, 1926
Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
King Consort Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Political Party Non-partisan
Religion Church of England
Profession Monarch
Elizabeth II is the current Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Elizabeth II, born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary to King George VI, has reigned since June 2, 1953. She is the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, and has ruled over the latter half of the 20th Century and the start of the 21st Century.

Early Life

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born to the Duke of York, Prince Albert (later King George VI) and the Duchess of York, Elizabeth. Her father was second-in-line to the throne, after his elder brother, Edward VIII. She was constantly in the spotlight, as was expected being an important member of the British royal family.

Her parents also had a younger daughter, Margaret, who was four years younger than Elizabeth. At the time of the death of her grandfather, George V, Elizabeth was third in line to the throne, after her uncle and her father.

Elizabeth also was active in the Scouting movement; she was a Girl Guide in a special "royal" company. She also learned French, in addition to a classical education.