Crawford published a biography of Elizabeth and Margaret's childhood years entitled what?
A: The Little Princesses, in 1950, much to the dismay of the royal family.
The book describes Elizabeth's love of what?
A: Horses and
dogs, her orderliness, and her attitude of responsibility.
Her cousin Margaret Rhodes described her as a what?
A: A jolly little girl, but fundamentally sensible and well-behaved.
During her grandfather's reign, Elizabeth was “where", in the line of succession to the throne?
A: Third, behind her uncle Edward, Prince of Wales, and her father, the Duke of York.
Although her birth generated public interest, why was she was not expected to become queen?
A: The Prince of Wales was still young.
Many people believed he would do what?
A: Marry and have children of his own.
When her grandfather died in 1936 and her uncle succeeded as Edward VIII, she became what?
A: Second-in-line to the throne, after her father.
Later that year, Edward abdicated, after what?
A: His proposed marriage to divorced socialite Wallis Simpson provoked a constitutional crisis.
Consequently, Elizabeth's father became what?
A: King, and she became heir presumptive.
If her parents had had a later son, what would have happened?
A: She would have lost her position as first-in-line, as her brother would have been heir apparent and above her in the line of succession.
A Girl Guides company, the 1st Buckingham Palace Company, was formed specifically so what?
A: So she could socialize with girls her own age.
Later, she was enrolled as a what?
A: A Sea Ranger.
In 1939, Elizabeth's parents toured what two countries?
A: Canada and the United States.
As in 1927, when her parents had toured Australia and New Zealand, why did Elizabeth
remain in Britain?
A: Her father thought her too young to undertake public tours.
They corresponded regularly, and she and her parents made the first what?
A: Royal transatlantic telephone call on 18 May.
In September 1939, Britain entered what?
A: The Second World War, which lasted until
During the war, many of London's children were evacuated to avoid what?
A: The frequent aerial bombing.
The suggestion by senior politician Lord Hailsham that the two princesses should be evacuated to Canada was rejected by whom?
A: Elizabeth's mother.
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret stayed at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, until when?
A: Christmas 1939, when they moved to Sandringham House, Norfolk.
From February to May 1940, where did they live?
A: At Royal Lodge, Windsor, until moving to Windsor Castle, where they lived for most of the next five years.
In 1940, the 14-year-old Elizabeth made her first what?
A: Radio broadcast during the BBC's Children's Hour, addressing other children who had been evacuated from the cities.
What did she state?
A: "We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the danger and sadness of
In 1943, Elizabeth undertook her first what?
A: Solo public appearance on a visit to the Grenadier Guards, of which she had been appointed colonel the previous year.
As she approached her 18th birthday, parliament changed the law so she could do what?
A: Act as one of five Counselors of State in the event of her father's incapacity or absence abroad, such as his visit to Italy in July 1944.
In February 1945, she was appointed as what?
A: An honorary second subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service with the service number of 230873.
She trained as a driver and mechanic and was given the rank of what?
A: Honorary junior commander five months later.
At the end of the war in Europe, on Victory in Europe Day, what did Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret do?
A: Mingled anonymously with the celebratory crowds in the streets of London.
What did Elizabeth later say in a rare interview?
A: "We asked my parents if we could go out and see for ourselves".
She remembered that they were terrified of being what?
During the war, plans were drawn up to quell Welsh nationalism by doing what?
A: Affiliating Elizabeth more closely with Wales.
Welsh politicians suggested she be made what?
A: Princess of Wales on her 18th birthday.
In 1946, she was inducted into what?
A: The Welsh Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Princess Elizabeth went in 1947 on her first what?
A: Overseas tour, accompanying her parents through southern Africa.
During the tour, in a broadcast to the British Commonwealth on her 21st birthday, she made what pledge?
A: "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
How are they related?
A: They are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria.
After another meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939, Elizabeth – though only 13 years old – said what?
A: She fell in love with Philip, and they began to exchange letters.
How old was she when their engagement was officially announced on 9 July 1947?
A: She was 21.
Before the marriage, Philip renounced what?
A: His Greek and Danish titles, and officially converted from
Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism.
Just before the wedding, he was created what?
A: Duke of Edinburgh and granted the style His Royal Highness.
When were Elizabeth and Philip married?
A: On 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
They received how many wedding gifts from around the world?
Because Britain had not yet completely recovered from the devastation of the war, Elizabeth required ration coupons to buy what?
A: The material for her gown, which was designed by Norman Hartnell.
In post-war Britain, it was not acceptable for the Duke of Edinburgh's German relations, including his three surviving sisters, to be what?
A: Invited to the wedding.
When did Elizabeth give birth to her first child,
A: On 14 November 1948.
Following their wedding, where did the couple live?
A: Windlesham Moor, near Windsor Castle, until July
At various times between 1949 and 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in the British Crown Colony of Malta as a what?
A: A serving Royal Navy officer.
During 1951, George VI's health declined, and Elizabeth frequently did what?
A: Stood in for him at public events.
In early 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a tour of what countries?
A: Australia and New Zealand by way of Kenya.
On 6 February 1952, they had just returned to their Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, after a night spent at Treetops Hotel, when word arrived of what?
A: The death of the King and consequently Elizabeth's immediate accession to the throne.
She was proclaimed queen throughout her realms and the royal party hastily what?
A: Returned to the United Kingdom.
She and the Duke of Edinburgh moved into what residence?
A: Buckingham Palace.