The much-loved monarch of the British Isles (and 16 independent states and their overseas territories), Elizabeth II became Queen of England in 1952 when her father, George VI, died.

Elizabeth was thirteen years old when World War II broke out, and she and her younger sister, Princess Margaret were evacuated to Windsor Castle. There was some suggestion that the two princesses be evacuated to Canada. To this proposal their mother made the famous reply: “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.”  The Queen has carried on this stoic and some would say selfless love of country and duty her entire reign.

Recent polls showed that most British citizens wish for the Queen to remain on the throne until her death – as the Queen herself has become an institution.

Her main leisure interests include horseracing and dogs, especially her Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

British actress Helen Mirren, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for portraying the Elizabeth II in the acclaimed film, “The Queen”, has said, “Elizabeth Windsor at the age of 25 walked into literally the role of a lifetime. I honestly feel this award belongs to her, because I think you fell in love with her, not with me. I think she’s a person who is genuine, she refuses to be fake.”

“The upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.”

“We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.”

“I have to be seen to be believed.”

“I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”

Speaking to rock legend Eric Clapton about his guitar playing at a Buckingham Palace reception for the British music industry in March of 2005 she inquired:

“Have you been playing a long time?”

And then to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who wrote the famous song ‘Stairway to heaven’, she asked:

“Are you a guitarist too?”

– Elizabeth II  (1926- )

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