England is in mourning. It is with a heavy heart that Buckingham Palace announced yesterday the death of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II.
If the name Elizabeth II is now known to all, nothing predestined her to ascend the throne.
Born on April 21, 1926 in London, Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the other Commonwealth kingdoms in 1952. But when she was born, she was only third in the order of succession, behind her uncle and her father, Prince Albert. However, only a few months into her reign, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated and gave way to his brother, the future Prince George VI, father of Elizabeth II.
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