Queen Elizabeth II is the current Queen of the UK. At birth it was not expected that she would be Queen. Her Grandfather George V was King. The Quen’s Father was King George V second son. In 1936 King George V died and his eldest son became Edward VIII. However, within the year, he abdicated, due to the controversy over his wish to marry the divorcee Wallis Simpson. As Edward had no children the crown passed to Queen Elizabeth’s Father who became George VI.
Queen Elizabeth was named after her mother Elizabeth. Her second name is Alexandra after her Great Grandmother (George V’s Mother). She was named Mary after her Grandmother, George V’s wife.
Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947. Their first child Prince Charles was born in 1948 and their second Anne in 1950. In 1952 Elizabeth became Queen upon the death of her Father. Her coronation took place in 1953. She had a third child Andrew in 1960 and her final child Edward in 1964.
Queen Elizabeth now has 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, with another due to her granddaughter Zara later this year.