Her father, in fact, was never meant to become king.
“The Boss” Painting, a spray-paint tribute to Queen Elizabeth by E$COBAR
But on Monday, after nearly a lifetime of service to country and crown, Elizabeth II will commemorate her 65th anniversary as queen. She will become the only British monarch ever to celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee.
It is a role that most Britons — whether royalist or republican — would agree that she has fulfilled with caution, dignity and an unending sense of duty.