Queen Elizabeth II: 65 Years on the Throne

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Sixty-five years ago today, King George VI of the United Kingdom died and his daughter succeeded him as Queen Elizabeth II.  At the time, she was 25-years-old, had been married for four years, and had two young children.  She was in Kenya on her way to a tour of Australia and New Zealand with her husband when she found out her father died.

Here are some other interesting facts and figures about The Queen:

  • She has had 13 Prime Ministers
  • She has conferred over 405,000 honors and awards
  • She has personally held over 610 Investitures
  • She and the Duke of Edinburgh have the longest marriage of a British Sovereign
  • She is the oldest British monarch (Queen Victoria is 2nd at 81 years, 243 days)
  • She is the longest-serving current Head of State.
  • On September 9, 2015, she surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest serving British monarch.