The Queen had been born into the most prestigious family in the U.K. as the eldest child of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – then the Duke and Duchess of York. Even so, Princess Elizabeth, as she was then known, grew up fully aware that she probably wouldn’t become an immediate heir to the throne. When she entered the world in April 1926, her father was only second in line behind his older brother Edward.
As a consequence, Elizabeth’s early life was relatively free from concerns about her being groomed to be queen someday. And she still enjoyed the perks of royalty, too: in 1934, for instance, the then eight-year-old princess was a guest at the wedding of her uncle, Prince George. One of her earliest royal functions, the event also marked an interesting moment for the future monarch.