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She died at the age of 96 Queen Elizabeth II informed the Buckingham Palace this Thursday, the 8th. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” reads a statement. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow,” they added.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, was born on April 21, 1926 and succeeded to the throne in February 1952, aged 25, after the death of her father, victim of lung cancer. However, the coronation was not held until a year later, in 1953—the first to be broadcast on television. The daughter of Albert Frederick Arthur George, Duke of York, known as George VI, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, also known as the Queen Mother

Two years later, Elizabeth II married her cousin Phillip, Prince of Greece and Denmark. They met when the monarch was 13 years old and love was immediate. The two began exchanging letters and in July 1947, the same year they were married at Westminster Abbey in London. Phillip gave up his title and converted to Anglicanism because of Elizabeth II. The couple had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

In 1945, in the last year of the Second World War, when she was 19 years old, she participated in a group of women, called Auxiliary Territorial Service, who served as volunteers in varied capacities for the British army. She was trained as a driver and mechanic. At the end of the war, she took to the streets to celebrate the victory of the Allies.