Queen Elizabeth: England’s Longest Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II was born April 21, 1926. She died Thursday, September 8, 2022 in Balmoral, Scotland.

She was the longest reigning female monarch in British history, reigning for 70 years.

She became Queen in 1952 when her father George VI died. 

The queen met her husband Prince Philip when she was eight years old while attending the wedding of Princess Maria and Prince George. The Prince waited until she turned 21 to announce their engagement.

They were actually third cousins since they were both great-great grandchildren to Queen Victoria.

Together the Queen and her husband had four children: King Charles III, Princess Royal Anne, Duke of York Prince Andrew, and Earl of Wessex Prince Edward.

The Queen was a very educated woman who was taught by private tutors in her adult life. In her youth she was well versed in the royal education and she was fluent in French.

Although she was not a political figure, she met with 13 presidents of the United States, with Barack Obama being the only one she invited back to England when he was no longer President.