Queen Elizabeth II to step down

December 20, 2016
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she rides in an open top car to celebrate her 90th birthday in Windsor, England, on April 21, 2016. The queen was born Princess Elizabeth on April 21, 1926, and became queen at 25 upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth II will stand aside as patron for 25 national organisations when her birthday year finishes at the end of 2016.

Patronages will be handed over to other members of the Royal Family.

The shock move will fuel speculation Britain's longest serving monarch is preparing to hand over the crown to her son Prince Charles.