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noun
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, born 1926, queen of Great Britain since 1952 (daughter of George VI).
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Elizabeth II

noun
born 1926, queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1952; daughter of George VI
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Cultural definitions for Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II

The present queen of Britain. Her husband is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the eldest of her four children is Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Since Elizabeth became queen in 1952, dozens of nations, formerly possessions of Britain, have become independent.

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