Believe it or not, Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old as of April 21. She’s been the monarch of Britain since 1953 and has overseen many great historical events. In fact, she’s now the world’s longest-living monarch. And despite her impressive age, she’s still active and usually present at important events. For her birthday celebrations, she attended church alongside many members of her beloved family.
When young Elizabeth was born, no one imagined that one day she’d be queen. At the time, her grandfather, King George V, was on the throne. But after George V died, a crisis arose in the royal family. Elizabeth’s uncle Edward VIII was made king, but in that same year he abdicated, wishing to marry a woman of whom his family disapproved.
That made Elizabeth’s father king, and he ruled under the name George VI. If a younger son had been born to George VI, that son would have been first in line under the old rules of succession, which saw males take precedence over females. But this didn’t happen, and Elizabeth remained heir.