Elizabeth II was the presumed heir to the throne as a child so was carefully coached, including being shown secret state papers when she was appointed a councilor of state when she was only eighteen. At an even younger age, sixteen, she held the position of colonel of the Grenadier Guards (an honorary position) and at the same time became a Sea Ranger. At eleven, Princess Elizabeth was a Girl Guide. She is said to have lived a simple life, having time to pursue her interest in horses and music. When her father, the King died, Elizabeth was in Kenya with her husband Philip. Upon news of her father’s death she hurried home to London where she was immediately proclaimed as Queen Elizabeth II. The date of the King’s death was February 1952 but Elizabeth did not have her crowning until over a year later, in June of 1953 at Westminster Abbey.
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