By rights, Queen Elizabeth should never have been monarch. Her uncle, King Edward VIII, held the throne for less than a year – he was never even crowned. He relinquished the throne after just 325 days in office, breaking the nation’s hearts but holding tightly to Wallis Simpson’s, whom he married in 1937.
Edward’s abdication meant his younger brother, George – of The King’s Speech – was obliged to reluctantly step into the role in late 1936.
George VI – Bertie – saw the country through the turbulent WWII years with a stoic calm, a resilience and sense of duty our queen continues to this day. He, his wife and his two daughters, Lillibet and Margaret, stayed in London through the war, surviving the bombings alongside their fellow Londoners.