Queen Elizabeth ll is the constitutional monarch of the Common wealth realms, territories,and head of 54 member Commonwealth of Nations. She is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Queen Elizabeth’s current reign of 61 years is the second longest for a British monarch with Queen Victoria’s reign lasting 63 years.
The Queen’s many historic visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and reciprocal visits to and from the Pope. The Queen has seen major constitutional changes in her realms, such as devolution in the United Kingdom and the patriation of the Canadian constitution. Times of personal significance have included the births and marriages of her children, the births of her grandchildren, the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and the celebration of milestones such as her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively (Wikipedia, 2013).
- Official British website
- Official Canadian website
- Archival material relating to Elizabeth II listed at the UK National Archives
- Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Queen Elizabeth II at the Internet Movie Database