Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the first daughter of the late King George VI and the late Queen Elizabeth and 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 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 six decades, she holds multiple records: She’s the longest-lived and longest-reining British monarch and the longest-reigning living monarch.
As of December 2019, Elizabeth II has eight grandchildren — including Princes William and Harry, the children of Charles and the late Princess Diana — and 10 great-grandchildren, including William’s three children with Duchess Kate and Harry’s son with Duchess Meghan. Meghan is expecting baby No. 2 in summer 2021.
On screen, she has been portrayed by Helen Mirren in The Queen, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman in The Crown and Freya Wilson in The King’s Speech.