FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth

Britain's Queen Elizabeth is driven by carriage from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament during the State Opening of Parliament in London, Britain, in 2015.

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, broke record after record as monarch, becoming an enduring symbol of the country over which she reigned for 70 years even as it changed beyond recognition, losing its empire and undergoing social upheaval.

Some commentators describe her reign as a “golden age” reminiscent of that of her namesake Elizabeth I, who ruled England 400 years ago during a period of growing power and cultural flourishing.

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