Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. Queen Elizabeth was 25 years old when the King died. The British are preparing to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, only the second Diamond Jubilee in Britain’s long history. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to achieve this distinction.
If you would like to learn more about Queen Elizabeth we have several new books now available.
The Real Elizabeth: an Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Andrew Marr (B Elizabeth II)
Elizabeth the Queen: the Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith (B Elizabeth II)
Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton by Susanna Brown (941.085 BRO)
Prince Philip: the Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II by Philip Eade (B Philip)
For more info on the Diamond Jubilee check out this official website.