She was in Kenya days later, on February 6, 1952, when news came that the king had passed away. Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, gave her the news. The new queen - who chose to reign under her own name, Elizabeth II - was just 25 years old and had two young children, Charles (just three years old) and Anne (one year old). (She would wait several years, until she had her feet under her as queen, to have the last of her two children. Andrew was born in 1960; Edward in 1964.)
Two famous moments: Elizabeth returning home as queen, and three queens in mourning (Elizabeth II, Mary, and Elizabeth)She returned home and officially declared herself Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Faith in front of the Privy Council and other dignitaries at St. James' Palace. The proclamation was read publicly in several places throughout her realm.
Upcoming Events page. Additionally, the queen will tour the United Kingdom, and her family will undertake tours around the world to celebrate with the rest of her realm. A busy, busy year to wish Her Majesty many more to come.