According to a royal expert, Queen Elizabeth supposedly ‘prayed’ for a baby brother as a young princess so she wouldn’t have to take the throne.
According to royal writer Ian Lloyd’s book The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II, the now-96-year-old monarch wished wanted a male heir to succeed her.
Not only Elizabeth, but also the Queen Mother wished for a boy.
In order to avoid being Queen, Elizabeth requested a brother, according to Lloyd. “The Queen Mother had wished for a boy, and Elizabeth begged for a brother so she wouldn’t have to be Queen,” says Lloyd.
Princess Elizabeth yearned earnestly for a brother to succeed her in the line of succession, according to the author’s book. She never had one.”
Despite this, Elizabeth became the longest-serving British queen after ascending to the throne.
Elizabeth II was crowned Queen on June 2, 1953, a year after her father, King George VI, died.