- Elizabeth became Queen in 1952
- After her father's death, she succumbed to the throne
- Learn more about the historic day in the video
King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland died in his sleep on February 6, 1952 after battling an illness. At the time, Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya. Groomed as a young girl to succeed her father, she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27.
Historic Day: Elizabeth Becomes Queen
From the start of her reign, Elizabeth understood the value of public relations. She insisted that her 1953 coronation be televised, despite objections that it would cheapen the ceremony. Elizabeth was the 40th British monarch since William the Conqueror.
She was a popular figure around the world and was only the fifth British monarch to celebrate more than 50 years on the throne. Queen Elizabeth was one of the world’s wealthiest women, with extensive real estate holdings and art and jewelry collections.
She passed away in September 2022 at the age of 96.