In the life of Queen Elizabeth II, there are episodes that reveal an unexpected side of the personality and the character of the most influential contemporary regal.
Let's learn a little more about this woman.
Her name Lilibeth
In the narrow little family heir to the throne he was nicknamed Lilibeth, since a long time to learn to properly pronounce his full name. King George VI often spoke of his daughters: "Lilibeth - my pride, and Margaret - joy».
She became prestolonaslednitsey the age of ten
- So you will become the next queen? - I asked the elder sister Princess Margaret when their father in 1936 unexpectedly became King of Great Britain. - Yes, sometime in the future - said Lilibet.- Poor thing! - Sincerely sympathized Margaret.V first years of life Elizabeth was only one of several offshoots of the ruling dynasty of Windsor and had no views of the reign. However, after her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne for the sake of marrying a divorced woman (as the head of the Anglican Church, the king prohibited the marriage), and power passed to George VI, it was clear that sooner or later all the burden of royal power will be on the Princess Elizabeth's shoulders.
During World War II she worked as a mechanic
To raise the morale of their citizens future queen was not afraid to dirty his hands: in 1945, the year in junior officer Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor served as a mechanic and driver in the reserve battalion. It is natural that with such a family history of Princes William and Harry would be simply shameful shirk military service.
She married her cousin
Princess Elizabeth was combined legal marriage with the Greek Prince Philip, who is her third cousin: their common great-great-great-grandparents were Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which, in turn, were cousins cousins.
She became queen in Kenya
During his visit to Kenya, February 6, 1952 Princess received the sad news of the death of his father. At the time when King George gave up the ghost, the new queen of Great Britain was in the air, on the observation platform, looking at the crown of the fig tree.
The photo captures a dramatic moment orphaned Elizabeth returned to their homeland as early as the new queen of Britain.