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.