The Queen's Life

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The Queen was born Princess Elizabeth in 1926, the elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. At the time it was not expected that her father would become King, or that she would become Queen

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On 6 February 1952 Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II and was crowned the following year on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey

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The Queen's reign has spanned six decades of enormous social change and development. Find out about key events involving Her Majesty which have taken place since 1952

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60 facts for 60 years: The Queen's life and reign in facts and figures

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The Queen's Life: an introduction

Find out more about The Queen's childhood and early life

The Queen as Princess Elizabeth © Camera Press

The role of the Sovereign

What is the role of The Queen and what part does she play in the life of the nation? Find out about Her Majesty's official duties and working life

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The Queen's Accession and Coronation

Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952 and was crowned on 2 June 1953

In the grounds of Sagana Lodge in Kenya © PA

The Queen's reign by decade

Find out more about The Queen's reign over the past 60 years, decade by decade

The Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2002 © PA

The Queen's visits

The Queen has travelled more than any other Sovereign in history. Find out more about overseas visits undertaken by Her Majesty since 1952

Waving to wellwishers at Perth Airport, Australia © PA

60 Facts about The Queen

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The Queen records an annual Christmas Broadcast at Buckingham Palace ©PA