“For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience she climbed down from the tree next day a Queen."
Today, February 6, marks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, 67 years ago. In 2015, Queen Elizabeth passed her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, as longest reigning British Monarch.
Of course, it is not without sadness as today also marks the death of her father, King George VI. To this day, the Queen refuses to celebrate the anniversary of her first day as Queen in honor of him.
Otd, February 6, 1952, King George VI died of coronary thrombosis at 56 amid his battle with lung cancer. He was found dead in bed at Sandringham House in Norfolk at 7:30am.
Elizabeth was just 25 years old when she became Queen Elizabeth II. She was well prepared for the role, thanks to her father.
Ten years before he would take the throne, George VI (then known as Prince Albert, Duke of York) and his wife, Elizabeth, Duchess of York, welcomed their first child, a daughter who they named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.When Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, it was widely believed that her father would never rule the country, as his older brother, Edward, was set to inherit the title of King.So for the first 10 years of young Elizabeth's life, the family led a relatively quiet existence.
The Duchess of York gave birth to her and Albert's second child, Margaret, in 1930, and the family of four split their time between two royal homes-one in London, and one on the grounds of Windsor Great Park-where Elizabeth and her sister were privately tutored.
Although the Duchess (who later became known as The Queen Mother) and Queen Mary (Albert's mother) are credited for much of Elizabeth and Margaret's education and upbringing, Albert reportedly also adored his two girls from the very beginning. While Margaret was a bit more rambunctious, young Elizabeth, who was called "Lilibet" by those closest to her, was well behaved and serious beyond her years.
For this reason, Albert was said to have called Elizabeth his "pride,"and Margaret his "joy." Pt.2-->