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At What Age Did Elizabeth II Become Queen?

Dayna Remus
Jun 02, 2022
01:10 P.M.
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The royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth II, has become such a staple of our culture worldwide that it's hard to imagine it without her. With the Jubilee celebrations, we have to ask ourselves, when did she become Queen, and who will reign when she has gone?

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The Jubilee weekend is beginning, and millions of people are getting ready to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's seventh decade on the throne.

An official picture of the Queen was shared on the Royal Family's Instagram account. In the shot, she is sitting in a blue dress in front of a window.

Queen Elizabeth II, as Princess Elizabeth, and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day. | Source: Getty Images

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The caption included words that the monarch had expressed for those celebrating her Platinum Jubilee with her. Part of the post read:

“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions. I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years [sic]."

On the official day of celebration, which would be her birthday, the almost 100-year-old Queen will likely sit on the Buckingham palace balcony and watch the parade below.

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WHEN DID QUEEN ELIZABETH BECOME THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND?

The Queen of England attracts curiosity in that she has been the monarch seated on the throne the longest. The current Queen and her younger sister, the Countess of Snowdon, were born to King George VI and his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Sadly, their father passed away at 56 years old in 1952, and because the older sister was the next rightful heir, the then-Princess Elizabeth had to take over the throne at only 25 years old. She began her official reign on February 6, 1952.

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Throughout her time as reigning Queen, she has accomplished many things. But, one decision stood out in 1970 when she broke royal protocol and went against traditions that spanned centuries.

During a royal tour of Australia, she made her way through Sydney's streets on foot, speaking to onlookers. This was against the usual protocol, which implored her to keep a distance while giving her signature wave as she was ridden through the surrounding crowd.

Throughout her 70 years as a monarch, the Queen has done a lot, such as involving herself in patronages and charities that cover many issues from environmental issues, helping younger individuals gain opportunities, and much more.

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WHO WILL TAKE THE THRONE AFTER QUEEN ELIZABETH?

The Prince of Whales, more often known as Charles, is the first son of the reigning monarch and will most likely take the throne. He was officially named her heir in 1952 after his mother became the Queen of England.

Second in line is Charles' oldest son, Prince William, conceived by this Prince of Wales, and his former late wife, Princess Diana.

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Third, in line to the throne, the oldest of Prince Williams' children was born on July 22, 2013. Young George Alexander Louis most likely has no idea or at least can't comprehend the concept of responsibility of becoming the King of England one day. Who could?

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