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Queen Elizabeth II: 33 Facts About Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch

Reader's Digest Logo By Tina Donvito of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 34: Princess Elizabeth never expected to become queen. Even when she became first in line to the throne, she didn't think she'd have to assume the role of monarch for a long time. But after her father died early, young Queen Elizabeth took the throne at just 25 years old, dedicating her entire life, "whether it be long or short," in service to the country. As it turns out, it was the latter, and the now 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, is perhaps more beloved today than ever—so much so that many people on both sides of the pond don't even want to think about what happens when the Queen dies. But even if you've seen The Crown, the Netflix series about her life, you probably don't know the real story behind this famously tight-lipped royal. There's the little-known history behind her royal family tree, the true love story of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and all the sweet details about Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren. Let's take a closer look at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Princess Elizabeth never expected to become queen. Even when she became first in line to the throne, she didn't think she'd have to assume the role of monarch for a long time. But after her father died early, young Queen Elizabeth took the throne at just 25 years old, dedicating her entire life, "whether it be long or short," in service to the country. As it turns out, it was the latter, and the now 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, is perhaps more beloved today than ever—so much so that many people on both sides of the pond don't even want to think about what happens when the Queen dies.

But even if you've seen The Crown, the Netflix series about her life, you probably don't know the real story behind this famously tight-lipped royal. There's the little-known history behind her royal family tree, the true love story of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and all the sweet details about Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren. Let's take a closer look at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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