Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom from 6 February 1952 until her death on 8 September 2022. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the second-longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country. Queen Elizabeth II became queen on February 6, 1952, and was crowned on June 2, 1953.
She was the mother of Prince Charles, heir to the throne, as well as the grandmother of Princes William and Harry. Elizabeth soon started taking on other public duties. Appointed colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards by her father, Elizabeth made her first public appearance inspecting the troops in 1942.