After nearly a lifetime on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has died.
The monarch passed away on Sept. 8, marking the end of a one-of-a-kind life that will remain forever in the history books. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the monarch’s life took an unexpected turn when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne, leaving her father King George VI to assume the position and her as heir presumptive. For someone who was originally not expected to rule England, she went on to become the longest-serving British sovereign in history with 70 years as queen.
Together with the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, she welcomed four children, including heir apparent Prince Charles, and became grandmother to eight, among them Prince Harry and Prince William. With the birth of Peter Phillips’ daughter Savannah Phillips in 2010, she became a great-grandmother, a milestone she celebrated 12 more times during her life.