Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born by Caesarean section on 21 April 1926 at her maternal grandfather's house in London.
As a young child she had problems pronouncing her own name, leading to her nickname of Lilibet.
It was love at first sight when Queen Elizabeth II met her future husband at the tender age of 13. The two smitten teenagers got to know each other by exchanging letters.
The Queen has held a lifelong devotion to her corgis and has four at the moment, Linnet, Willow, Monty and Holly.
Although always immaculately dressed, the Queen is quite conservative in her fashion sense, however, she simply adores Hermes scarves.
She's an incredibly popular Queen and has received over three million pieces of correspondence, is patron of 620 charities and has had over 1.1 million people attend garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
Never far from a headline, it was revealed by an undercover tabloid journalist that the Queen used Tupperware to keep her cornflakes crisp!
Not wanting to be left behind by technology, the British monarchy has a website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
There have only been two years in her reign that she has not opened Parliament—1959 and 1963— and this was because she was expecting Andrew and Edward respectively.
Even the Queen gets bored. When she's had enough she simply twirls her wedding band or switches her handbag to the other arm and someone comes to her rescue.
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