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.
England is feverishly awaiting the latest royal wedding on May 19 as Prince Harry of Wales, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, marries US actress Meghan Markle. But few were expecting the American bride to get baptized.
Queen Elizabeth II's lingerie maker Rigby & Peller has lost its royal warrant after its former owner described fittings with royal members. The brand was one of some 800 companies allowed to use the royal coat of arms.
It was a marriage of love, celebrated just two years after the end of World War II, on November 20, 1947. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip now mark their platinum wedding anniversary with a small family gathering.