Queen Elizabeth II’s Life Through the Years Photos


  • This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was released on April 20, 2014 to mark Her Majesty’s 88th birthday on April 21. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and was commissioned on behalf of the UK government’s GREAT BRITAIN campaign.

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    The Duke and Duchess of York with their infant daughter, Princess Elizabeth, at Buckingham Palace during Princess Elizabeth’s christening, 1926. Princess Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926.

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    Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II), daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York circa 1930.

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    Princess Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, celebrated her 13th birthday, April 21, 1939. The Princess was allowed to plan her own day, as it was her birthday, and after opening her gifts in the morning, she rode in Windsor Great Park with the King and Princess Margaret, her younger sister.

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    Princess Elizabeth, 14, right, appears with her sister Princess Margaret before giving her first radio broadcast, October 13, 1940, in London.

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    Princess Elizabeth, as junior commander of the ATS, inspects the Motor Transport Training Center at Camberley, Surrey in May 1945.

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    The first official photograph of Princess Elizabeth with her fiancé Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, July 10, 1947.

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    Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh pose for a photo at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, November 20, 1947.

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    Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten are pictured with their daughter Anne and son Charles in 1951.

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    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured on her coronation day in 1953.

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    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in this June 2, 1953 file photo in London, England.

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    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their children Prince Andrew (centre), Princess Anne (left) and Charles, Prince of Wales sitting on a picnic mat outside from Balmoral Castle in Scotland, September 9, 1960.

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    Queen Elizabeth II weaves her way under a large, cheerfully colored umbrella to watch the Ashanti Chiefs’ Durbar, at Kumasi Sports Stadium in Ghana, November 15, 1960.

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    Queen Elizabeth II plays with Princes Edward and Andrew at Windsor Castle in this June 1965 photo.

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    Queen Elizabeth II is pictured with her youngest son Prince Edward, 15 months, in a recent photo taken by Lisa Sheridan in a drawing room at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, on June 11, 1965 in England.

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    Queen Elizabeth II crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales, during her investiture ceremony at Caernarvon Castle, July 1, 1969.

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    Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Edward Heath join President Richard Nixon and First Lady Patricia at Chequers, Heath’s official country residence, October 3, 1970.

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    Queen Elizabeth II with one of her corgis at Sandringham, 1970.

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    Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start her holiday in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974.

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    President Gerald Ford dances with Queen Elizabeth II during the State Dinner honoring the Queen and Prince Philip at the White House, July 17, 1976, in Washington.

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    Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles pose with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, London, in March 1981, the day their marriage was sanctioned by the Privy Council.

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    Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer appear with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral, July 29, 1981.

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    Pope John Paul II visits Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London, May 1982.

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    Queen Elizabeth II reviews the Guard of Honor at the Canadian Forces Base in Winnipeg, Canada, October 7, 1984, at the end of the Royal Tour of Canada.

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    The Queen Mother, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Westminster Abbey, London, September 6, 1997.

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    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip view the tributes left at Buckingham Palace for the late Princess Diana, September 6, 1997, after her death in a car crash.

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    Prince Charles with Queen Elizabeth II on stage to celebrate his Golden Jubilee with artists such as Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Jim Corr, June 2, 2002.

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    Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, leave the service of prayer and dedication after their wedding at the Guildhall at Windsor Castle April 9, 2005, Berkshire, England .

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    Queen Elizabeth II smiles at Prince Harry as she inspects soldiers during their Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy, April 12, 2006, in Surrey, England.

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    Queen Elizabeth II inspects vintage vehicles used by First Aid Nursing Yoemanry during World War II, in which the Queen herself served, at Buckingham Palace June 28, 2007 in London.

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    Family and members of the royal wedding party are shown in this April 29, 2011 file photo, along with Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

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    Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in the new Diamond Jubilee State Coach after the official opening of Parliament, June 4, 2014, in London.

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    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, October 16, 2014.

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    Prince George of Cambridge talks to Queen Elizabeth II outside St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate for the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, on July 5, 2015, in King’s Lynn, England.

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    Queen Elizabeth II sits at her desk in her private audience room at Buckingham Palace with one of her official red boxes in this photo released September 8, 2015.

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    The Royal Family are seen in a family photo during the summer of 2015 in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

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    Queen Elizabeth II, Captain General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, oversees a royal review on their Tercentenary at Knighton Down on May 26, 2016, in Lark Hill, England. Queen Elizabeth II has been Captain General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery since February 6, 1952.

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    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed Donna the elephant during their visit to the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Elephant Center on April 11, 2017, in Dunstable, UK.

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    Members of the British Royal Family from left to right, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth II, in the background Timothy Laurence, Princess Beatrice, Prince Philip, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William watch a flyover as they appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after attending the annual Trooping the Color ceremony in London, June 17, 2017.

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    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November 2017 to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20, 2017.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II laugh during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, on June 14, 2018, in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England.

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    Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip sit in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for Markle’s wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry in Windsor on May 19, 2018.

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    Queen Elizabeth II, centre, is joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, right, at a remembrance to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice, in London on November 11, 2018.

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    Queen Elizabeth II awards Captain Sir Thomas Moore the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2020 in Windsor, England.

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    Queen Elizabeth II watches pallbearers place Prince Philip’s coffin during his funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England.

    Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark died on April 9, 2021, a few months before his 100th birthday.

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    Queen Elizabeth II is pictured at Sandringham House to mark the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year, in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, February 2, 2022.

    The Queen ascended the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952.

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    Queen Elizabeth II attends an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on April 28, 2022.

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    The UK held a once-in-a-generation celebration for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The 96-year-old Queen is the first British monarch in history to achieve a Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years on the throne.

    The Royal Family watches the RAF flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color Parade on June 2, 2022 in London.

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    Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee pageant on June 5, 2022 in London.

    The Queen watched the end of the Platinum Jubilee pageant from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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    Queen Elizabeth II waits to meet new leader of the Conservative Party and British Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland on September 6, 2022.

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