The story of Queen Elizabeth's life, from when she was a young princess, to her coronation in 1953 through to becoming the longest-reigning British monarch, is a rich one. This short book charts the key events of her life and reign. Her public life is conveyed from the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VIII, to her accession as Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 and her duties as monarch, with accounts of her private life from a happy childhood with her sister Princess Margaret to her marriage to Prince Philip and life as a mother and grandmother. She has guided her family and the Crown through much of the twentieth century and into the uncertain new millennium. This short book gives the reader the highlights and the story of this woman's amazing life.