Elizabeth II (1926-), Queen of United Kingdom, British colonies and
Commonwealth of Nations
She was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, daughter of King George VI
and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
The young Princess Elizabeth was educated at home under the supervision of
her mother. She studied history with C. H. K. Marten, Provost of Eton, and
religion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. She speaks fluent French.
Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII
where she was known as No 230873 Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, and was
trained as a driver. She was the first female member of the royal family to
actually serve in the military.
Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, on 20 November 1947. The Duke is
Queen Elizabeth's third cousin. They share Queen Victoria as a
Elizabeth became the Queen upon the death of her father on 6 February 1952.
Officially she is the Queen regnant of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Barbados, the
Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia,
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, and
Saint Kitts and Nevis. She also holds the positions of Head of the
Commonwealth and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.