Queen Elizabeth II was not meant to be queen until a shocking thing happened.

No one in Queen Elizabeth II’s family expected that she would be a monarch one day. However, a surprising incident occurred that changed their family’s fate.

Her Majesty was only third in line to the throne at birth. The heir at the time when King George V was reigning was her uncle, Prince Edward, and second-in-line to the throne was her father, Prince Albert.

Prince Edward was the oldest son and the heir apparent. His children would be ahead of Queen Elizabeth II in the line of succession just like how Prince Harry was bumped down after Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

When King George V died, Prince Edward took over the throne and became King Edward VIII. However, he fell in love with American divorcee Wallis Simpson and decided to abandon the throne in order to marry her. King Edward VIII chose the matters of his heart over the crown and decided to abdicate the throne making Queen Elizabeth II’s father the new king.

“You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love,” King Edward VIII said.

With that change, Queen Elizabeth II suddenly became the heir apparent. Prince Albert was crowned king and was later known as King George VI. During his coronation, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret were photographed smiling at the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Unlike Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, her father only led the monarchy for less than two decades. He passed away while Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were in Kenya.

Queen Elizabeth II, who at the time already knew that she would be the next monarch, reacted with a sense of duty. She immediately discussed the practicalities of returning to England but requested that she be left alone in her room. Queen Elizabeth II and King George VI had lots of adorable photos together when he was still alive.

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Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on Nov. 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson