Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, has been serving her country for decades and her grace as well as her diplomacy have always been praised by the leaders of the world.
Her long and magnificent life is filled with amazing one-in a-lifetime events as well as with shocking secrets.
Elizabeth was born April 21, 1926, and people at the time would not have guessed that the third in line to the throne would one day become the most famous Queen in the world.
A series of unexpected events led her to take the throne.
Elizabeth was only 10 years old when her uncle Edward VIII decided to abdicate and marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson, forcing her father to become King George VI. Because of her father taking the throne the young girl became the heiress to an empire.
She began receiving lessons on constitutional history from Henry Marten, the vice provost of Eton.
He stressed upon the importance that the royal should adapt to the times as well as to the fact that they should speak directly with their subjects a lot.
In 1939 Elizabeth met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece.
Philip proposed in 1946 shocking the king and queen who wanted the pair to wait.
Despite the opposition, the pair married one year later and they are still together 69 years later.
Their first son, Prince Charles was born in 1948, followed by Princess Anne in 1950.
In 1952, when King George passed away, Queen Elizabeth took the throne.
Princes Andrew and Edward were born in 1960 and 1964 respectively. Despite the joy and love she felt for her children, they would also bring her a lot of heartache.
Rumors about Princess Anne‘s bed-hopping, Prince Andrew‘s underage sex scandals and Prince Edward’s secret gay life have filled the queen with anguish, but Prince Charles is her greatest disappointment.
The Queen has named grandson Prince William and his wife, Kate, her official successors, instead of her first born.
“William and Kate MUST become the new king and queen,” she told her aides. “They are the only hope for the monarchy to survive.
“Charles CANNOT be allowed to rule. He is a killer. He has Diana’s blood on his hands.”
Elizabeth was devastated when a court brought evidence that Charles killed Princess Diana.
A new autopsy reveals Princess Diana did not die because of the infamous car crash but the drug saxitoxin was found in her system.
“A lethal injection of saxitoxin was administered while [Diana] was still alive — shortly after the crash — which caused paralysis and respiratory failure. We must conclude the subject was the victim of a homicide,” reported the coroner.