Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 at the tender age of 25, as a mother-of-two. Since then, Queen Elizabeth II has become a figure of stability for the UK, with her calm and composed demeanor. (In March 2020, she became the fourth longest-serving monarch in world history.)
And even as she turns 94 today (happy birthday, ma’am!), she continues to fulfill her royal duties from home in Windsor Castle alongside husband Prince Philip. Yes, royals aren’t exempt from social distancing rules, either. Here are eight things you should know about this incredible woman.