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Elizabeth II
Head of the Commonwealth
Formal photograph of Elizabeth II
Formal photograph, 1958
Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms
Reign6 February 1952 – 8 September 2022
Coronation2 June 1953
PredecessorGeorge VI
SuccessorCharles III
BornPrincess Elizabeth of York
(1926-04-21)21 April 1926
Mayfair, London, England, United Kingdom
Died8 September 2022(2022-09-08) (aged 96)
Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Burial19 September 2022
King George VI Memorial Chapel, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
SpousePrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (m. 20 November 1947 - 9 April 2021)
  • Charles III
  • Anne, Princess Royal
  • Prince Andrew, Duke of York
  • Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
FatherGeorge VI
MotherElizabeth Bowes-Lyon
SignatureElizabeth's signature in black ink

Elizabeth had a deep sense of religious and civic duty, and took her Coronation Oath seriously. Aside from her official religious role as Supreme Governor of the established Church of England, she worshipped with that church and also the national Church of Scotland. She demonstrated support for inter-faith relations and met with leaders of other churches and religions, including five popes: Pius XII, John XXIII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. A personal note about her faith often featured in her annual Christmas Message broadcast to the Commonwealth. In 2000, she said:

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To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ's words and example.

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