Elizabeth II has been the queen of England since February 6, 1952, making her the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was born in London as the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne upon the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Together they have four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
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.
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.
Buckingham Palace officials have dismissed speculation about the welfare of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Unsubstantiated theories went viral online after reports royal staff were summoned to London overnight.