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Queen Elizabeth II RIP (21 April 1926-8 Sept 2022): A young girl who did not expect to be Queen became an icon

Britain's famous Queen Elizabeth II said goodbye to the world. This is our tribute to the important moments of the longest reigning queen.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Queen Elizabeth II (21 April 1926-8 Sept 2022) of Britain was known as the Queen of Britain ruling India. A queen who remained queen till her death. According to Buckingham Palace, after doctors expressed concern over the Queen’s health, she was kept under medical supervision in Balmoral. By then Prince Charles had reached Balmoral with the Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke of Cambridge had also arrived and finally the royal family announced the Queen’s departure from the world.

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A young girl who did not expect to be Queen became an icon

The longest-serving monarch of the UK, Queen Elizabeth-II, took her last breath at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday. Born on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen was the oldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York – who later became King George VI – and Queen Elizabeth. At that time Princess Elizabeth and her family did not expect that she would one day become the monarch.

Then Princess Elizabeth and her only sibling, Princess Margaret, born in 1930 were educated at home under the supervision of their mother and their governess, Marion Crawford. Since childhood, Elizabeth showed a sense of responsibility and orderliness. She loved horses and dogs. The Queen`s cousin Margaret Rhodes described her as “a jolly little girl, but fundamentally sensible and well-behaved” for her attitude. Her Royal Highness was expected to live a relatively normal, if privileged, life with her close-knit and loving family.

She was having a perfect life, but everything changed in December 1936 when her uncle – King Edward VIII – abdicated, leaving her father as King, and her as the next in line to the throne.

Later, Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, when her father, King George VI died.

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In 1939, when Britain entered World War II, Elizabeth chose to stay in England and joined the Army rather than sailing away to Canada. She served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during her training as a driver and mechanic when she was still a teenager.

The 14-year-old Elizabeth, in 1940, addressed other children who had been evacuated from the cities.

“We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers, and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end, all will be well,” she said.

While still a teenager, Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Philip Mountbatten of Greece and Denmark, whom she had met in 1939. In November 1947, the 21 years old, Elizabeth married Prince Philip, who was serving as a young officer in the Royal Navy. The wedding took place at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom.

The four-day-long royal celebrations, while the queen turned 96, were attended by millions of participants. Her Majesty`s extraordinary life and reign, from a young girl who did not expect to be Queen, to an iconic and celebrated figure who has ruled for more than 70 years came to an end on Thursday.

Elizabeth II, died peacefully at Balmoral castle aged 96, the royal family said in a statement. The UK`s longest-reigning monarch was placed under medical supervision earlier on Thursday after her condition deteriorated.

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Buckingham Palace issued a statement while referring to the Prince of Wales, Charles as the King.

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” the statement said.

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