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Pages: 31. Chapters: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Haakon,
Crown Prince of Norway, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark,
Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Wolfgang Schussel, Vaira
V e-Freiberga, Angelo Sodano, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Andrew Bertie,
Emile Lahoud. Excerpt: Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born
21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of sixteen sovereign
states known as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas,
Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint
Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and
Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. As Head of the Commonwealth,
she is the figurehead of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations; as
the British monarch, she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of
England. Elizabeth was educated privately at home. Her father
ascended to the throne as George VI in 1936. Elizabeth began to
undertake public duties during the Second World War, in which she
served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. When her father died
in 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen of
seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon.
Her coronation service in 1953 was the first to be televised.
During her 59-year reign, currently the second-longest for a
British monarch, she became queen of 25 other Commonwealth
countries as they gained independence. Between 1956 and 1992, half
of her realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon
(renamed Sri Lanka), became republics. Her Silver and Golden
Jubilees were celebrated in 1977 and 2002; planning for her Diamond
Jubilee in 2012 is underway. In 1947, she married Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh, with whom she has four children: Charles, Anne,
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