LONDON, UK – Sunday, February 6 will mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, a first for a British monarch noting 70 years reign as Monarch of Great Britain.
Elizabeth, 95, became the queen of Britain and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, while she was in Kenya on an international tour.
Elizabeth was not destined to be monarch at her birth, and became queen only because her uncle Edward VIII abdicated to be with American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
In 2015, she overtook her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign in a line that traces its origin back to Norman King William I and his 1066 conquest of England. Victoria’s reign was June 20, 1837 until her death in 1901.
Official celebrations are expected to take place in June with a four day holiday in Great Britain.
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