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How did Queen Elizabeth II ascend the throne?
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  1. When Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born, no one expected she would become queen. Her father, known as Prince Albert and the Duke of Wales, was only the second son of King George V. His older brother, Prince Edward, was first in line for the throne. When King George V died in 1936, Prince Edward did ascend the throne, but abdicated to marry a twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson, resulting in a huge scandal. Prince Albert then became king, and upon his death in 1952, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became Queen Elizabeth II.

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