Born, April 21, 1926, as the first daughter of Prince George, she saw first her uncle's coronation and then after he abdicated, her father's.
During WWII she and her sister were sent to the countryside for safety. But when she reached eighteen she joined the women's services and as a second lieutenant drove and repaired military trucks.
In 1947, she married Phillip Mountbatten, a prince of Greece and Denmark, who renounced his titles in order to marry her.
On February 6, 1952 whilst in Kenya, on a world goodwill tour, they received word that her father had died. Immediately she was proclaimed Queen, but it would take over a year for the full coronation ceremony to took place.
Today marks sixty years of Queen Elizabeth II's rule. During that time she has set many firsts for the monarchy. Among them being the first reigning monarch to visit many of the commonwealth countries, and the first monarch ever to pay income tax.
At the age of eighty-six she is still going strong. Despite beginning to give some of her duties to her children, she is showing no signs that she'll stop anytime soon.