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“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”


Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth of York was never destined to be a queen, however fate intervened when her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated and her father ascended the throne as George VI.

Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, 7 months and 3 days, making her the longest serving monarch in British history and the last Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth that will be seen for at least three generations.


Elizabeth II has been a style queen throughout her reign, from those exquisite Hartnell gowns to her diplomatic nods on royal tours.

The Queen’s style has changed over the years with most of us familiar with her coats, floral dresses, hats and gloves. And the ever present handbag.


Queen Elizabeth is the only monarch in British history to have celebrated a Platinum Jubilee.

From her Silver to her Platinum, each jubilee has been celebrated differently. From royal tours of the four nations and the Commonwealth in her younger days to more sedate events in her mature years, the public have been with her every step of the way.


Queen Elizabeth worked with fifteen prime ministers during the course of her reign and met fourteen presidents of the United States.

Queen Elizabeth conducted numerous state visits to the Commonwealth countries and hosted 112 state visits at Buckingham Palace.