Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London in 1926, to Albert, Duke of York, and the former Lady Elizabeth Boswes-Lyon, whom we all know as the Queen Mother. At age 10, she became heir presumptive to the throne when her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated to marry an American divorcee and her father was crowned King George VI. She was a studious child, learning many languages and - like her parents - embracing a life of service and duty. Before age 20, she began modernising the monarchy by undertaking public duties and serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and played an instrumental role in having her coronation service televised in 1953 - the first time such an event was televised.
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