Queen Elizabeth II Histroy 10 Facts

September 2015, Elizabeth surpassed the record of 63 years and 216 days on the throne set by Queen Victoria

When Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the elder daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and his wife

 late 1936, her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry an American divorcée, Wallis Simpson. As a result

Though she spent much of her childhood with nannies, Princess Elizabeth was influenced greatly by her mother

As queen, she kept many thoroughbred racehorses and frequently attended racing and breeding events

Their first son, Charles (Prince of Wales, then King Charles III) was born in 1948

They were in Kenya on February 6, 1952, when King George VI succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 56

Elizabeth and Philip had two more children, Andrew (born 1960) and Edward (born 1964)

Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, marking her 25 years on the throne, proved a bright spot in an era of economic struggles.

The queen’s popularity, and that of the entire royal family, rebounded during the first decade of the 21st century