• Mon, Nov 10 2008

Who is Queen Elizabeth II?

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Full Name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary

Birthday and birthplace: April 21, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London

Royal House:  The House of Windsor (The British Royal Family)

Coronation Day: June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey

Parents: King George VI (1936-1952) and Queen Elizabeth (1900-2002)

Sibling: Princess Margaret (b. 1930)

Spouse: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (wedding day: November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey)

Children: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b. 1948); Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b. 1950); Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (b. 1960); and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)

Grandchildren: Peter Phillips (b. 1977) and Zara Phillips (b. 1981); Prince William of Wales (b. 1982) and Prince Henry of Wales (b. 1984); Princess Beatrice of York (b. 1988) and Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1990); and The Lady Louise Windsor (b. 2003) and Viscount Severn (b. 2007)

Official Residence: Buckingham Palace

Other Residences: Windsor Castle, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Balmoral Caste, Sandringham House

Education: Constitutional History and Law

Special Interests: horses and thoroughbred racing; Labradors and Corgis; walking in the countryside; Scottish country dancing

Heir Apparent: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales

Other Notes of Interest: Queen Elizabeth II is the 40th monarch since William I, also known as William the Conqueror. She is a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She became Queen after the death of her father, King George VI, who assumed the throne after the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII.

(source: The Official Website of the British Monarchy); image credit: Newscom

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