Remembering Queen Elizabeth II
Born on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her father, King George VI. She was coronated on June 2, 1953 and ruled until her death on September 8, 2022. Ruling for 70 years, she was the longest-ruling monarch in British history, and presided as head of state for 14 Commonwealth nations – including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize and Solomon Islands. Queen Elizabeth II was one of the world's most recognized and beloved persons. Throughout her reign, her portrait graced the coins and currency of the nation over which she ruled, from silver Britannia coins to Canada Maple Leafs and Australia Kookaburras and more. Including all 29 billion coins and 4.7 billion bank notes circulating throughout the United Kingdom at the time of her death.