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  Happy Birthday to the Queen

Royal family faces pressures of the modern world

  Six decades after she took the British throne at age 26, Queen Elizabeth II (who has never given an interview) leads the royal family into a new era in which social media and constant scrutiny have changed life as they know it.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth to mark six-decade reign

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will go back to the scene of her coronation on Tuesday to mark a reign that has weathered six decades of social transformation and the end of her country's global empire. Full story

Queen Elizabeth II: From WWII to Will and Kate

  Archival video of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II chronicles her birth in 1926, an uplifting speech she gave the country at age 14 during World War II, her wedding in Westminster Abbey to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, her coronation in 1953, her introduction to Marilyn Monroe, the turmoil of the royal

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The Queen signs on for gender equality (and maybe even gay rights)

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  Queen prepares Prince Charles for the throne

Now that Queen Elizabeth II is 87 she’s planning to pass the baton to her son Charles, who has waited longer than any other heir for his time on the British throne. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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President Ronald Reagan listens as he poses for photographers with Queen Elizabeth II at a formal state dinner, March 3, 1983.
President Ronald Reagan listens as he poses for photographers with Queen Elizabeth II at a formal state dinner, March 3, 1983.

President Ronald Reagan listens as he poses for photographers with Queen Elizabeth II at a formal state dinner, March 3, 1983, at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. At left are Prince Philip and first lady Nancy Reagan.

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth

epa03773551 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a tour of Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, in Melrose, in the Scottish Borders, Scotland, Britain, 03 July 2013, as she officially reopened the literary great's former home following a multimillion-pound restoration. EPA/Phil Wil

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend Day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2013 in Ascot, England.

Queen Elizabeth II visits the BBC Portland Place
Queen Elizabeth II visits the BBC Portland Place

epa03734710 A serious-faced Queen Elizabeth II leaves the new BBC Broadcasting House in London, Britain, 07 June 2013. The Queen officially opened the new BBC headquarters 07 June while her husband the Duke of Edinbugh, Prince Philip is undergoing an operation in hospital where he is expected to sta