Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, the first daughter of the late King George VI and the late Queen Elizabeth, was born during the reign of King George V, her paternal grandfather. Her only sibling, the late Princess Margaret, was born four years later.
Elizabeth II married Prince Philip, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, in 1947. She and Philip, who then became Duke of Edinburgh, welcomed four children together: Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1948; Anne, Princess Royal, in 1950; Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in 1960; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in 1964. Philip died in April 2021 at age 99.
After the death of her father, Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, coronated in 1953. With her reign of more than seven decades, she held multiple records. She was the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning living monarch.
Elizabeth II had eight grandchildren — including Princes William and Harry, the children of Charles and the late Princess Diana — and 12 great-grandchildren, including William’s three children with Duchess Kate and Harry’s son and daughter with Meghan Markle.
The monarch died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022. She was 96 years old.
On screen, she was portrayed by Helen Mirren in The Queen, Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton in The Crown and Freya Wilson in The King’s Speech.