Queen Elizabeth II was born on the 21st of April 1926 and was 86 this year. Her ability to speak French fluently was very useful when she visited French-speaking parts of Canada as Queen.
When Liz was ten years old a great scandal happened: Her uncle, Edward the 8th, gave up being King to marry a divorced woman called Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father became King George the 6th because of this. When World War 2 came, Liz and her sister Margaret remained in England because they wanted to go to Canada with at least one parent , but their mother wouldn’t leave the King and the King wouldn’t leave London to go with them.
Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and qualified as a motor mechanic, being the only English monarch to ever have had that qualification. After the war Liz married her cousin, Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten, becoming Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.