Her death ended a 70-year reign, the longest in history, having ascended the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952.
The beloved monarch was born in 1926 into a rapidly modernizing world.
Take a look back at the momentous year that gave us the country’s longest-reigning sovereign.
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When was Queen Elizabeth II born?
Princess Elizabeth was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, third in line to the throne
She was the first child of the Duke of York, Prince Albert, and his wife Elizabeth, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
The princess was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the chapel at Buckingham Palace.
She was named after her mother and her two middle names are those of her paternal great-grandmother Queen Alexandra and her paternal grandmother Queen Mary.
What was life like in 1926 when Queen Elizabeth II was born?
The prime minister in 1926 was Conservative Stanley Baldwin, who had won the 1924 general election.
In the Soviet Union, Stalin had succeeded Lenin in 1924, while Mussolini had come to power in Italy in 1922.
Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States of America.
In 1926, a nine-day general strike was called in support of the miners and martial law was imposed.
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The country was also gripped by a mysterious celebrity disappearance when crime writer Agatha Christie disappeared.
Her car was found abandoned and an extensive manhunt ensued as police forces searched across the country for the missing writer.
Christie was discovered at a hotel in Harrogate, registering under the name of her husband’s lover.
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The famous crime writer was missing for 11 days and has never said a word about why she did what she did.
That same year, Christie published The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, the third novel starring Hercule Poirot.
The novel continues to be hailed as her finest and also one of the greatest crime novels of all time.
A new device was also introduced in 1926 by John Logie Baird, the so-called mechanical television system.
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Thirty-one years later, the Queen made her first televised Christmas address to the Commonwealth, saying: “I really hope that this new medium will make my message more personal and direct.
“It is inevitable that I should seem like a fairly distant figure to many of you… but for now, at least for a few minutes, I welcome you to the serenity of my own home.”
Her Majesty was born in the same year as Marilyn Monroe, Fidel Castro, Mel Brooks, Tony Bennett and Sir David Attenborough.
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