Britain’s Elizabeth II: From Princess to Queen, the world’s oldest reigning monarch  

Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday on Thursday 21st April 2016

As Britons and many throughout the world celebrate her long and dignified reign. She will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.

Elizabeth’s life was changed forever in 1936 when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated so he could marry his divorced lover Wallis Simpson. This made her father the king and Elizabeth heir to the throne. King George VI’s health failed, however, and he was too ill for a planned tour of the Commonwealth in 1952, so he sent Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, in his place. They were staying in a remote part of Kenya on Feb. 6, 1952, when she was told that the king had died. She automatically became queen upon her father’s death, although the official coronation did not take place for more than a year.

The strong-willed and able-bodied queen has given no indication she plans to leave the throne, and has described her unique position as a “job for life.” Her own mother lived to be 101, and was generally in fine fettle in her final years. Still, it is possible Elizabeth would step down if she developed severe problems that made it impossible for her to carry out her role.

And Baby (George) Makes Four. This Picture Trended On Twitter

The picture, featuring Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George, was taken last summer at Buckingham Palace.

One photo, four generations of the British Royal Family and enough cuteness to melt the stoniest heart – that’s what’s on offer in this fabulous portrait of QueenElizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

This happens to be Prince George’s first appearance on a British stamp. Kudos to photographer Ranald Mackechnie for the incredible shot.The picture was taken last summer in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace but was only released on April 19. We wish Prince George’s little sister Princess Charlotte had also been in the photo but she was only born last May.

Britain’s Elizabeth II: From Princess to Queen, the world’s oldest reigning monarch

Windsor: THIS IMAGE EMBARGOED UNTIL  23:01 GMT WEDNESDAY APRIL 20 2016  This official photograph, released by Buckingham Palace on Wednesday April 20, 2016,  to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle's semi-State apartments in Windsor England. The children are: James, Viscount Severn, 8-years-old, left, and Lady Louise, 12-years-old, second left, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex;  Mia Tindall, holding The Queen's handbag, the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah  5-years-old, third right, and Isla Phillips, 3-years-old, right, daughters of The Queen's eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George, 2-years-old, second right, and in The Queen's arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte, 11-months-old,  children of Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge. AP/PTI(AP4_21_2016_000007B)

Windsor: THIS IMAGE EMBARGOED UNTIL 23:01 GMT WEDNESDAY APRIL 20 2016 This official photograph, released by Buckingham Palace on Wednesday April 20, 2016, to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle’s semi-State apartments in Windsor England. The children are: James, Viscount Severn, 8-years-old, left, and Lady Louise, 12-years-old, second left, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall, holding The Queen’s handbag, the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah 5-years-old, third right, and Isla Phillips, 3-years-old, right, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George, 2-years-old, second right, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte, 11-months-old, children of Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge. AP/PTI(AP4_21_2016_000007B)

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:001 BST 21/04/16 (23:001 GMT 20/04/16) Embargoed to 0001 BST Thursday April 21, 2016. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured with her daughter, The Princess Royal, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, in this official photograph released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, April 20, 2016. Credit must read: c2016 Annie Leibovitz/Handout via REUTERSATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. Conditions of Use: This image may be used free of charge, internationally, for 21 days from release, until 12th May 2016.  For use or reproduction in any format on any platform after this date, please refer to Royal Communications for approval.

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:001 BST 21/04/16 (23:001 GMT 20/04/16) Embargoed to 0001 BST Thursday April 21, 2016. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured with her daughter, The Princess Royal, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, in this official photograph released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, April 20, 2016. Credit must read: c2016 Annie Leibovitz/Handout via REUTERSATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. Conditions of Use: This image may be used free of charge, internationally, for 21 days from release, until 12th May 2016. For use or reproduction in any format on any platform after this date, please refer to Royal Communications for approval.

FILE - In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Britain's Prince William holds his son Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II, right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, file)

FILE – In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Britain’s Prince William holds his son Prince George, with Queen Elizabeth II, right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, file)

Members of Britain's royal family (front L-R) Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles cheer during the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, Scotland in this September 1, 2012 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files    SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES

Members of Britain’s royal family (front L-R) Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles cheer during the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, Scotland in this September 1, 2012 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files SEARCH ‘Queen 90th” FOR ALL IMAGES

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laughs as Queen Elizabeth gestures while they watch a children's sports event in Nottingham, Britain in this June 13, 2012 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016.    REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files   SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laughs as Queen Elizabeth gestures while they watch a children’s sports event in Nottingham, Britain in this June 13, 2012 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files SEARCH ‘Queen 90th” FOR ALL IMAGES

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) pose with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh before a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace in London in this May 24, 2011 file photo.  Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016.         REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files          SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) pose with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh before a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace in London in this May 24, 2011 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files SEARCH ‘Queen 90th” FOR ALL IMAGES

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1987 file photo, Diana, Princess of Wales, left, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smile to well-wishers outside Clarence House in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 4, 1987 file photo, Diana, Princess of Wales, left, and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smile to well-wishers outside Clarence House in London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)

FILE - In this June 9, 1937 file photo, then Britain's Queen Elizabeth, left, with Queen Mary, second left, and Princesses Elizabeth, nearest camera, and Princess Margaret, obscured right,  driving from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Len Putnam, file)

FILE – In this June 9, 1937 file photo, then Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, left, with Queen Mary, second left, and Princesses Elizabeth, nearest camera, and Princess Margaret, obscured right, driving from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, in London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Len Putnam, file)

FILE - In this 1942 file photo, Princess Elizabeth is pictured as "Prince Florizel", left, and her sister, princess Margaret as "Cinderella", in a pantomime the royal sisters produced in aid of the Royal Household Concerts Well Fund early in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE – In this 1942 file photo, Princess Elizabeth is pictured as “Prince Florizel”, left, and her sister, princess Margaret as “Cinderella”, in a pantomime the royal sisters produced in aid of the Royal Household Concerts Well Fund early in London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE - In this June 5, 1961 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, center, walks with American President John F. Kennedy, right, and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, as they enter an ante-room in Buckingham Palace, London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE – In this June 5, 1961 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, center, walks with American President John F. Kennedy, right, and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, as they enter an ante-room in Buckingham Palace, London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE - In this Tuesday July 9, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela stands with Britain Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace, in London for a state banquet in his honour following his arrival in Britain.  Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE – In this Tuesday July 9, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela stands with Britain Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace, in London for a state banquet in his honour following his arrival in Britain. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 1983 file photo, the Queen and Mother Teresa look at the Insignia of the Honorary Order of Merit which Her majesty has just presented to the Lady of Calcutta, at the Rashtrapati Shavar, in New Delhi. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 1983 file photo, the Queen and Mother Teresa look at the Insignia of the Honorary Order of Merit which Her majesty has just presented to the Lady of Calcutta, at the Rashtrapati Shavar, in New Delhi. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo, file)

FILE  - In this Aug. 1951 file photo, Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at the couple's London residence at Clarence House. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Eddie Worth, file)

FILE – In this Aug. 1951 file photo, Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at the couple’s London residence at Clarence House. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Eddie Worth, file)

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 1947 file photo, Britain's Princess Elizabeth leaves Westminster Abbey in London, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, after their wedding ceremony. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/file)

FILE – In this Nov. 20, 1947 file photo, Britain’s Princess Elizabeth leaves Westminster Abbey in London, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, after their wedding ceremony. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/file)

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