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Many people in Britain literally can’t remember a time when Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t on the throne. She’s been the monarch since 1952, in fact. And yet, the 92-year-old shows no sign of slowing down, even though her husband, Prince Philip, has already retired. Technically, she could abdicate if she wanted to and pass the crown along to a younger family member. But according to people who’ve spent time with her, Elizabeth will never do this.

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Elizabeth took the throne in 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. By that point, she had already achieved a lot as a princess: she’d been a part of the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, she had wed Prince Philip and she had become a mother. And Elizabeth was only 25 when she became a monarch.

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