Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. The British Empire continued to evolve into the Commonwealth of Nations after Elizabeth’s birth.
Before her ascension in 1952, her position as head of several sovereign republics had already been cemented. On a seven-month globe trip in 1953, the Queen and her husband visited 13 countries and flew, sailed, and drove almost 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) in total.
In doing so, she became the first reigning queen of Australia and New Zealand to visit those countries. During the tour, the audiences were enormous; it was claimed that three-quarters of the Australian population saw her.
The Queen has made hundreds of state visits to various nations and tours of the Commonwealth during her reign; she is the world’s most traveled head of state.
Queen Elizabeth Sister: Who is Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon?
Princess Margaret is the sister of Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Margaret is the countess of Snowdon. She was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
When Margaret was a child, she lived with her parents and older sister. She was just six years old when her paternal uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, the divorced wife of his brother, Prince Philip.
Margaret’s father became king, and her sister became heir presumptive, with Margaret in second place in line to the throne.