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Born 21 April 1926 – Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, a symbol of stability and tradition for much of the 20th and 21st centuries, reigned as the longest-serving British monarch in history. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London, England, she was not initially expected to become Queen. Her life changed dramatically in 1936 when her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee. Her father, Prince Albert, became King George VI, placing Elizabeth next in line for the crown.

Thrust into the public eye at a young age, Elizabeth served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, becoming the first female member of the royal family to serve in the armed forces. Following her father’s death in 1952, she ascended the throne at the age of 25. Her coronation ceremony in 1953, one of the first televised coronations, marked a new era for the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II witnessed a period of immense change, from dismantling the British Empire to the rise of the Commonwealth. She navigated these changes with a sense of duty and dedication, becoming a respected figure in Britain and on the world stage. Despite facing personal challenges and public scrutiny, she remained a steadfast symbol of unity and tradition throughout her 70-year reign. Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, leaving behind a remarkable legacy and a lasting impact on British history.

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