In Photos: Queen Elizabeth II Through The Years

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Celebrations have begun to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, a span in which she has become synonymous with the monarchy and made history as the longest-reigning British monarch.

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Elizabeth, 95, became queen on February 6, 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI, who took the throne when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry the American socialite Wallis Simpson in 1936.

Lows during her seven decades as queen came in the 1990s when the monarchy faced criticism over the queen’s wealth and the cost of maintaining the institution, as well as the

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