Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee, 60 years on the throne, in 2012. She has been the head of state in the United Kingdom since February 6, 1952.Know More
In 2011, Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest reigning monarch in 1,000 years of British history when she surpassed King George III, who reigned for more than 59 years. Queen Victoria reigned for more than 63 years, from 1837 until 1901.
Queen Elizabeth II was not born directly in line of succession to the throne. Her father acceded to the throne after the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII. The Queen acceded to the throne at the age of 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. Married to Prince Philip since 1947, the Queen has three sons and one daughter. Prince Charles is first in line to the throne.Learn more in Monarchies
CBE stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and is a rank in the royal honors system of the United Kingdom. A CBE is one step below a knighthood, and generally given for leadership or exemplary service at the regional or national level.Full Answer >
Queen Elizabeth's presence in a royal residence such as Buckingham Palace will typically be marked by the flying of the Royal Standard flag. The Royal Standard is used to indicate Queen Elizabeth's presence in other contexts, including being flown on automobiles in which she is traveling or private buildings to which she is making an official visit.Full Answer >
Elizabeth Tudor was queen of England for 45 years, and her reign is referred to as the Elizabethan era or the Golden Age of England. When she first ascended to the throne, Elizabeth inherited a bankrupt nation, torn by religious strife and threatened by the military power of France and Spain. By her death on March 24, 1603, England had become a major world power in every respect.Full Answer >
Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was the longest-ruling queen in English history. Her two biggest accomplishments were re-establishing the Church of England and ending the war with France that was underway when she took the throne. Her 44-year reign also saw several military victories.Full Answer >