During her lifetime, she had the regency over 32 sovereign states, and there were 15 at the time of her passing.
Her 70 years and 214 days of reigning are the longest of any British monarch, the longest of any woman to hold the office of head of state in history, and the second-longest reign that has been independently authenticated of any monarch in history.
When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth.
Elizabeth reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes such as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, devolution in the United Kingdom, the decolonisation of Africa, and the United Kingdom's accession to the European Communities and withdrawal from the European Union.
Throughout her lifetime, support for the monarchy in the United Kingdom remained consistently high, as did her personal popularity.
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