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  Timeline: Queen Elizabeth II
Updated 29 May 2002, 17.16
The Queen starts her Jubilee tour


This year the Queen celebrates 50 years on the throne. She is 76 years old and has four children and six grandchildren.

Early days

1926
Princess Elizabeth was born in London.

1936
Elizabeth's father became king when his older brother stepped down.

1930s
Princess Elizabeth was taught at home, not at school.


Elizabeth with her father and dogs

She studied art and music and enjoyed drama and swimming.

1937
She became a Girl Guide when she was 11.

1940
At 14 she sent a radio message to the children of Britain.

The young princess

1942
Her first public engagement. She inspected the soldiers of the Grenadier Guards on her 16th birthday.

1947
Her first official overseas visit. She celebrated her 21st birthday on a tour of South Africa.


Elizabeth aged 18
1947
Elizabeth got married in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947. Her husband Prince Philip was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece.

1948
When she was 22 the Queen's first child Prince Charles was born.

1950
Two years later Princess Anne was born.

Elizabeth becomes the Queen

1952
Her father died of cancer and Princess Elizabeth became the Queen.

1953
Her coronation (crowning) took place in Westminster Abbey.


A growing family
1960
Prince Andrew was born.

1964
Prince Edward was born.

1965
The Beatles got MBE medals from The Queen.

1973
The spectacular Sydney Opera House in Australia is officially opened by The Queen.

1977
The Queen's Silver Jubilee was celebrated.

1981
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.

1982
Prince Andrew came back safely from the Falklands war.

Prince William
Prince William was born in 1982
1982
Prince William is born 1986.
The Queen celebrated her sixtieth birthday.

Difficult times

1992
A fire wrecks part of the Queen's home at Windsor Castle.

1993
The Queen starts to pay income tax to the Government.

1996
Prince Charles got divorced from Princess Diana.


Flowers mark Diana's death
1997
Princess Diana was killed in a car crash. Some people were angry about the Queen's reaction.

2002
The Queen's younger sister Princess Margaret died following a long illness.

Soon afterwards, the Queen mother died making this a sad year for the Queen.

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