Some people believe in the 'school of hard knocks'. They figure that nobody ever really learns a lesson until they have first met the consequences of doing things the wrong way. But we are all, to some extent at least, open to suggestion. We trust others to share the benefit of their experience with us. When people make constructive suggestions, we are grateful for their input and we do what we can to apply their advice. Er... don't we? Don't feel that you can only make progress this week by doing things the difficult way.
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Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth II became the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations in 1953, when her father King George VI passed away.
Called Lilibet by her close family, Queen Elizabeth II was close to her younger sister, Princess Margaret, and when she young a Girl Guides company, titled the 1st Buckingham Palace Company was created so that the young princess could socialise with other girls her own age.
During World War II, Queen Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast during BBC’s Children Hour, addressing children who had been evacuated from the cities, and by 1945 she joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service to help with the war effort.
At the age of 13, the Queen met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. The two exchanged letter and by 1947 their engagement was officially announced before a ceremony took place at Westminister Abbey in the November.
As King George VI became ill of health, the young Princess began to take on more royal duties, and in February 1952 she became Queen Elizabeth II, reportedly choosing to remain Elizabeth, "of course".
Queen Elizabeth II has now reigned for 62 years, and in 2015 will overtake Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years.
She has four children, eight grandchildren and four great-children, and despite rumours that she is beginning to hand over more responsibility to Prince Charles and Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II is still heavily involved with life as the Queen of the United Kingdom.