Explore England's history after World War II in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. London still bears scars from The Blitz on November 20, 1947, when Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip are married at Westminster Abbey. Prince Charles is born a year later. On February 6, 1952, while visiting Kenya, Elizabeth and Philip learn that her father, King George VI, has passed away. The 25-year old princess becomes Queen Elizabeth II.