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Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in 1926 as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. Her father became the King in 1936 after the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII.

In 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip Mountbatten. Now he has the title of the Duke of Edinburgh. They have four children. The eldest son is Prince Charles, the present Prince of Wales. He was born in 1948. Then Princess Ann was born in 1950; Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (born in 1960); and Prince Edward (born in 1964).

In 1953 Elisabeth became the British Queen after her father, King George VI, had died. This year is a special year for The Royal Family. They celebrate The Golden Jubilee and 50 years on the throne. /There have been only three English monarchs to celebrate a Golden Jubilee, or 50 years on the throne: King George III, Queen Victoria and now Queen Elisabeth II./

It was Prince Philip, her husband, who told her the news of the death of her father - on February 6 th, 1952. At that time she was 3.000 miles away from Buckingham Palace, in Kenya. She was crowned officially, 17 months later

She was 26 years old, a very young woman. Her the best teachers were "life" and...Winston Churchill.

As we know, he was the Prime Minister of England and very important person during the Second World War. He taught her how to be the Queen.

Britain is a constitutional monarchy. It means that Queen Elisabeth is the Head of State. She is also Head of the Commonwealth. During her reign she has visited all the Commonwealth's countries, going on foot to gain direct contact with people. Behind and in front of cameras, the Queen's job goes on. No...