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.
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.