The Queen Mother
Queen Elizabeth II
The United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday.
The British royal family made the statement that the Queen had died at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland, hours after online rumours of her deteriorating health had first appeared.
Elizabeth’s passing ends a remarkable long reign in which the British Empire was dismantled, attitudes toward the royal family shifted, and the monarchy struggled.
The first child of Albert, Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926.
Young Elizabeth became heir to the crown when her father assumed the title of King in 1936 under the name George VI.
When Elizabeth's father passed away in 1952, she was only 25 years old, making her Queen Elizabeth II of the House of Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II was also officially crowned in a magnificent event in London in 1953, the first British coronation to be shown on television.