Her Majesty Queen, Elizabeth II was born today in 1926. She ascended the throne in 1952 and is the longest-reigning British monarch. The Queen has opened every session of UK Parliament except in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
‘Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II’ by Henry Mee, oil on canvas, 1991
© Parliamentary Art Collection WOA 4826