21 April 1926
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is born at 2.40 a.m. on Bruton Street in London. There lived Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Albert, Duke of York.
21 April 1942
On the day she turns 16, Elizabeth leads an inspection of the Grenadier Guards, which she commands
6 February 1952
George VI is succeeded by Elizabeth II. When her father dies, she is in Kenya, making her the first British monarch to be abroad during succession since George I.
The Queen's tour of Australia and Polynesia is halted after Prime Minister Edward Heath calls a snap election. She returns to the United Kingdom by plane.
7 June 1977
Silver Jubilee of the Queen. Over a million people have lined the streets of London, and a chain of beacons has been lit up across the country
24 November 1998
The Queen's speech at the start of parliament announces plans to eliminate the traditional rights of 700 hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords.
30 April 2002
Elizabeth will launch the celebrations for her golden jubilee with a speech to both houses of parliament
27 July 2012
The Olympics begin with the Queen. She and Daniel Craig's James Bond leave Buckingham Palace and parachute into Stratford Stadium in her first acting role
9 April 2021
Two months before his 100th birthday, Prince Philip dies "peacefully." His death has been described by the Queen as "a big vacuum."
8 September 2022
Queen Elizabeth II died at 96 in 2022. She is the longest-serving and longest-living British monarch, having just celebrated her 70th year on the throne