The Queen celebrates her 80th birthday on 21 April 2006.
She has been on the throne for nearly 54 years, and has four children and six grandchildren.
Princess Elizabeth was born in London.
Elizabeth's father became king when his older brother stepped down.
Princess Elizabeth was taught at home, not at school.
She studied art and music and enjoyed drama and swimming.
She became a Girl Guide when she was 11.
At 14 she sent a radio message to the children of Britain.
The young princess
Her first public engagement. She inspected the soldiers of the Grenadier Guards on her 16th birthday.
Her first official overseas visit. She celebrated her 21st birthday on a tour of South Africa.
Elizabeth got married in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947. Her husband Prince Philip was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece.
When she was 22 the Queen's first child Prince Charles was born.
Two years later Princess Anne was born.
Elizabeth becomes the Queen
Her father died of cancer and Princess Elizabeth became the Queen.
Her coronation (crowning) took place in Westminster Abbey.
Prince Andrew was born.
Prince Edward was born.
The Beatles got MBE medals from The Queen.
The spectacular Sydney Opera House in Australia is officially opened by The Queen.
The Queen's Silver Jubilee was celebrated.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.
Prince Andrew came back safely from the Falklands war.
Prince William is born.
Prince Harry is born.
The Queen celebrated her 60th birthday.
A fire wrecks part of the Queen's home at Windsor Castle.
The Queen starts to pay income tax to the Government.
Prince Charles got divorced from Princess Diana.
Princess Diana was killed in a car crash. Some people were angry about the Queen's reaction.
The Queen's son Edward, Earl of Wessex, married fiancée Sophie Rhys-Jones, who becomes the Countess of Wessex.
The Queen's younger sister Princess Margaret died following a long illness.
Soon afterwards, the Queen mother died making 2002 a sad year for the Queen.
During that year she also marked her Jubilee - spending 50 years on the throne.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex have a baby girl named Louise.
Prince Charles marries his second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, who becomes The Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen gives their marriage her blessing.
The Queen celebrates her 80th birthday on 21 April.