On February 6, 1952, Isabel Alejandra María, 26, became queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and in his 70-year reign he broke countless records, thus writing his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. His figure as monarch marked a milestone in British history.
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Elizabeth II was the first daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and his wife Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Duchess of York, but she wasn’t born heir to the throne as his uncle, Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, was the monarch. However, he abdicated and the second in the line of succession was Albert, who became King George VI of the United Kingdom.
Consequently, Elizabeth Alejandra became heiress to the British Crown and due to the early death of her father, at the age of 56, had to assume the throne. Her mother raised her freely when she was a child, but when she became queen she had no choice but to follow royal protocol to the letter.
Elizabeth II in the Guinness Book of World Records
- The longest-serving British monarch. Although she became queen in 1952, her coronation was the following year: June 2, 1953 to be exact. She is officially her 70-year reign and she is the longest-serving monarch in British history, surpassing Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (63 years) and King George III of the United Kingdom (59 years).
- Marriage royal longest in history. Elizabeth II fell in love with Philip Mountbatten, Prince of Greece and Denmark, when she was 13 years old and could never forget him. A few years later they began a relationship and were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
- The ruler of more nations around the world. Elizabeth II is the monarch of the United Kingdom, but also the head of the Commonwealth. This Commonwealth is made up of 54 independent and semi-independent sovereign countries which, with the exception of Mozambique and Rwanda, share historical ties with the United Kingdom.
- He is the third longest-living king or queen in history.. By reaching 70 years and 92 days of reign, Elizabeth II surpassed Prince John II of Liechtenstein, whose reign lasted 70 years and 91 days, between November 12, 1858 and February 11, 1929. Within weeks, Elizabeth II will also succeed the second longest-serving monarch, King Bhumibol of Thailand. His reign lasted 70 years and 126 days.from June 9, 1947 to October 13, 2016.
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is 96 years old, but she is far from abdicating the throne. She, on the contrary, shows herself in public and, when she assumed the throne, she entrusted the people to serve them until the last day of her life.