Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Coronation portrait, 1953 Library and Archives Canada, ID: 3242153
Queen Elizabeth Ascends The Throne
February 6, 1952
Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom upon the death of her father, King George VI. As Head of the Commonwealth she was also queen regnant of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).