As the Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, we take a look at just how long Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for and how old she is now
Image: Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II has seen plenty in her lengthy rule over Britain, including huge technological advances, multiple Prime Ministers and a family that’s vastly grown in size.
Her reign has outlasted that of those before her, exceeding the likes of Queen Victoria and King George III for several years.
This year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations for the Queen will see people across the UK enjoying a ‘bonus’ Bank Holiday on Friday June 3, 2022, which is an addition to the one on June 2.
With the Covid pandemic easing and normality resuming, there are likely to be plenty of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II special day.
Here’s everything you need to know about the monarch’s reign and how old she is now.
How long has Queen Elizabeth II been on the throne?
As of Sunday, February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will have been on the throne for 70 years.
BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
Though there are celebrations planned for June to mark the occasion, February 6 is the official date that marks the 70th anniversary the Queen ascended the throne.
This was following the death of her father, King George VI, on the same date in 1952. She was months away from her 26th birthday when the King passed away, making her a Queen at just 25 years old.
At the time of the event, Queen Elizabeth II was on a state visit with her husband, Prince Philip, in Kenya. She and her late husband had been married for just five years at the time, and were due to continue onwards to Australia and New Zealand.
She and Prince Philip were standing in for King George VI who, despite being just 56 years old, was too ill to go on the trip.
At the time of her father’s death, the then-princess was at the Treetops Hotel, surrounded by wild animals in Nyeri, Kenya.
While she ascended the throne in February, it was not until over a year later on June 2, 1953 that the Queen was coronated.
The special event took place at Westminster Abbey, London, where her grandson Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011.
How old is Queen Elizabeth II and why does she have two birthdays?
Queen Elizabeth II is 95 years old and will be turning 96 on April, 21, 2022. She was also born on April 21 in 1926, but has two birthdays.
One is on the actual date of her birth, while the other is always on the second Saturday of June each year.
The June birthday is the official celebration, and royals having two birthdays is a tradition that began in 1901.
It was due to the Queen’s great-grandfather wanting a public celebration for his birthday. Given the official date of King Edward VII’s birthday was in November, he chose to combine it with the annual military parade in summer in the hopes of better weather.
Queen Elizabeth II tends to celebrate her actual birthday with her family, with this year marking her second without her late husband Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, 2021, just weeks before his wife’s birthday and while the UK was in lockdown due to the Covid pandemic.
Trooping the Color marks the Queen’s June birthday, but this was also canceled due to the pandemic in 2021.
This year, it is believed to be going ahead and traditionally features over 1,400 soldiers in the parade, which begins at Buckingham Palace.