Today in history: Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen Elizabeth II

Did you know that on this day in 1952, King George VI passed away following a long illness, ushering in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II?

Queen Elizabeth II coronation
The princess' private secretary Martin Charteris carred a draft accession declaration during the tour on Kenya


Princess Elizabeth, aged 25, was with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh in Kenya at the time of her father's death, but would return to England shortly after. Her magnificent coronation was held on June 2, 1953.

Commemorate our monarch's long-standing reign with a piece of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding cake, offered by PFC Auctions in its current auction, which opened for bids today.

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