Elizabeth II:  The British Queen who weathered war and upheaval dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II, who has died age 96 after the longest reign in British history, will be mourned around the globe as one of the last monarchs born to a classic age of European royalty.

Elizabeth's death comes seven months after she marked the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, yet another milestone achievement in the remarkable life of a queen.

Elizabeth's death comes seven months after she marked the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, yet another milestone achievement in the remarkable life of a queen.

A queen who, though reluctantly thrust into the spotlight at a young age, won almost universal praise for her steadfast dedication to duty.

Her long reign saw Britain transformed from a war-weary declining imperial power into a modern multi-cultural state that rarely looked to its monarch for leadership, but still held her in high esteem.

She witnessed her fair share of joy, 2011 marriage of grandson Prince William to Catherine Middleton & birth of 3 children & weathered many storms as monarchy tried to keep pace with changing times.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. But she didn't become heir presumptive to the throne until 1937 hen her father was crowned King George VI.