214: Elizabeth II
She is the Longest Reigning Monarch in British History (Overtaking Queen Victoria Who Held the Previous Record)
Born: 21 April 1926, London, United Kingdom
Elizabeth celebrated her sixty-fifth anniversary on the throne in 2017.
She has traveled more than any other monarch in British History.
Elizabeth is the head of or linked to over six hundred charities.
She has been queen since 1952, taking the throne after the death of her father and the previous king.
Elizabeth is a mother of four and has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her coronation in 1953 was the first ever (In British History) to be broadcast on live television.
During World War II she trained to be a mechanic and driver to support the war effort.
She continues to do around 400 public engagements per year and is not afraid to move the Commonwealth forward into more progressive ideals at times. After the birth of her great-granddaughter Charlotte the queen oversaw a reformation into the succession rules, meaning for the first time in Britain’s history her great-granddaughter Charlotte remains in front of her younger brother Louis in the line of succession (however the eldest in their family George is still ahead of Charlotte).
Located In My Personal Library:
Bad Days In History by Michael Farquhar
Kings and Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Royals and the Reich by Jonathon Petropoulos
Time Magazine's 100 Women of the Year (Elizabeth appears in the 1952 article, "Queen Elizabeth II")
Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser
Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser