Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is the queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the head of the Commonwealth. She was born in 1926 and has been queen since 1952.
Elizabeth was born in London to the duke and duchess of York, later King George VI and Elizabeth, queen consort. In 1947, she married Philip, duke of Edinburgh, with whom she has four children. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history.
It's 20 years ago this week since Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris. The anniversary has seen a wave of commemorations and remembrance in the UK - where two decades on from her death she is still a figure that looms large in the nation's psyche.
In Britain, Prince Philip - the husband of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd - has retired. After 70 years of official public engagements, the Prince made his final solo appearance on royal duty. He attended a parade of the Royal Marines of which he's the Captain-General. Now 96, he’s the longest serving consort in British history. And possibly the least diplomatic, too. From London Stephen Beard reports.
How would you like to own a car driven by none other than Britain's Queen Elizabeth and pimped out to her taste? A Daimler driven by the monarch has been sold at an auction at the Imperial War Museum - and it boasts quite a few special features.