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Elizabeth II Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, known as the Commonwealth realms, and their territories. She is the head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. She is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and carries the additional title of Defender of the Faith in some of her realms.
Childhood and Youth The eldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21 April 1926 in London. Elizabeth received her education at home. Princess Elizabeth aged 3, 1929 Princess Elizabeth aged 7, painted by Philip de László, 1933 Princess Elizabeth aged 8
Marriage Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, in 1934 and 1939. Elizabeth and Philip were married on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. They received 2500 wedding gifts from around the world. Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh
Continuing Evolution of the Commonwealth After coronation the Queen made a six-month tour of the States of the Commonwealth, the British colonies and other countries of the world. Elizabeth II became the first monarch to visit Australia and New Zealand. II She is the most widely travelled head of state in history
Elizabeth II and her Commonwealth Prime Ministers, at the 1960 Commonwealth Prime Minister's Conference, Windsor Castle Elizabeth II and George Bush share a toast during a state dinner at the White House, 7 May 2007 Elizabeth II (centre, in pink) during a walkabout in Queen's Park, Toronto, 6 July 2010 Political and Public Life
Arms Coat of arms of Princess Elizabeth (1944-1947). Coat of arms of Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (1947–1952). Royal Coat of arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Coart of arms of Elizabeth II in Scotland. Coat of arms of Elizabeth II in Canada (one of three versions used in her reign.
Hobbies Her Majesty likes travelling, taking photos, horse riding and Corgi Dogs. Elizabeth II has a lot of hobbies, such as music (she played the lute very well), dancing (she danced every morning to keep herself fit), singing and hunting. She also love the arts, especially dramas. The Queen is also a good poet and loves writing poetry. She also translated books from French and Latin into English.
Annual Royal Christmas Message “To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ's words and example.”
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