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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom

Born: April, 21 1926 - Accession: February 6, 1952

We lost the American colonies because we lacked the
statesmanship to know the right time and the manner
   of yielding what is impossible to keep.

                                                                                                      —HM Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was born in London on April, 21 1926, first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, subsequently King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Five weeks later she was christened in the chapel of Buckingham Palace and was given the names Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. The Queen ascended the throne on February 6, 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI. Her Coronation followed on June 2, 1953.

Princess Elizabeth had her early education at home. After her father succeeded to the throne in 1936 and she became heiress presumptive, her studies were extended to include lessons on constitutional history and law. After the Second World War Princess Elizabeth's public engagements grew in number and frequency. Her first official visit overseas took place in 1947, when she accompanied her parents and sister on a tour of South Africa.

Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten (4th cousin) in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. Prince Charles, now the Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the throne, was born in 1948, the Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal, was born in 1950, the Prince Andrew, now the Duke of York, was born in 1960, and the Prince Edward, in 1964. The Queen and the Duke celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in London in 1972.

In 1977, the Queen's Silver Jubilee was celebrated in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen travelled some 56,000 miles to share the anniversary with her people. 2002 marked the 50th anniversary of The Queen's Accession to the Throne. This milestone had previously been achieved by only five other British monarchs: Henry III, Edward III, James I, George III and Queen Victoria.

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  Other Monarchs in the Lucidcafé Library

  Books About Queen Elizabeth II

  DVD/VHS About Queen Elizabeth II

  • The Queen (2006) - Director: Stephen Frears

    A witty and ingenious look at a moment that rocked the house of Windsor: the week that followed the sudden death of Princess Diana in 1997.

    Click here to purchase this DVD edition of "The Queen"

  • The Windsors/Bertie and Elizabeth - Studio: WGBH Boston

    Spanning four generations—from the early 1900s and the reign of King George V, through Dianas tragic death and a new millennium—this four-hour retrospective is highlighted by rare footage and revealing interviews with royal family members, friends, aides, historians and others with intimate knowledge of the Windsors.

    Click here to purchase this DVD edition of "The Windsors/Bertie and Elizabeth"

  • Queen Elizabeth II - 3 Portraits - Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

    Three videos named respectively: "Elizabeth R," "From Princess To Queen" and "The Queen's Birthday Parade." The first video covers her early life, the second chronicles a year in her life, and the third is a celebration of the Queen's birthday.

    Click here to purchase this VHS edition of "Queen Elizabeth II - 3 Portraits"

  • Windsor Castle - A Royal Year - Studio: Acorn Media/BBC

    For the first time ever, cameras go behind the scenes at Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world and home to Queen Elizabeth since childhood.

    Click here to purchase this DVD edition of "Windsor Castle"

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Article written by Robin Chew - April 1996