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Queen Elizabeth's Life in Pictures
A look back at an extraordinary royal existence.
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1926


The future King and Queen, George Duke of York and Elizabeth Duchess of York holding their first child, Princess Elizabeth, at her christening ceremony.

1928

A baby photo of Princess Elizabeth.

1929

Princess Elizabeth on the platform at King's Cross station about to depart with her grandparents for Christmas at Sandringham.

1931

Lilibet takes her dog for a walk.

1932

Princess Elizabeth arrives at the Royal Tournament at Olympia.

1933

Princess Margaret Rose and Princess Elizabeth pose at the door of the Welsh House, a miniature house presented to them by the people of Wales located on the grounds of the Royal Lodge, Windsor.

1934

Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and their mother Queen Elizabeth arrive at Olympia.

1935

Princess Elizabeth takes her horse out for a ride.

1936

Princess Elizabeth greets an officer.

1936

Princess Elizabeth with her uncle David - also known as King Edward VII - during the year of his reign and abdication.

1939

Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister holding their family dog Chu-Chu.

1937

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret dressed in full Coronation regalia on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the King's 1937 Coronation ceremony.

1938

Twelve-year-old Princess Elizabeth.

1940

A photo of Princess Elizabeth holding her corgi.

1940

Princess Elizabeth makes her first broadcast accompanied by her sister Princess Margaret.

1941

Queen Elizabeth and her daughters pose in the gardens of Windsor Castle.

1942

Princess Elizabeth talking to her father, King George VI, while he sorts through the Royal books in a study at Windsor Castle.

1942

Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth with their dogs outside the Royal Lodge.

1943

Princess Elizabeth with her mother arriving at the Royal College of Music.

1944

Princess Elizabeth writing at her desk in Windsor Castle.

1946

King George VI with his daughters Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret on the Royal Lodge grounds.

1947



Princess Elizabeth makes a broadcast from the gardens of Government House in Cape Town, South Africa on her 21st birthday.

1947



Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day

1948



Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth leaving Grosvenor Square, London.

1949



A candid photo of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their baby son, Prince Charles.

1950



Princess Elizabeth holds Princess Anne, who is wearing the Royal christening robe.

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1951



The British Royal Family.

1952



Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip stand outside Balmoral Castle with their children.

1953



Queen Elizabeth II returning to Buckingham Palace after her Coronation in Westminster Abbey, London.

1953



Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation ceremony.

1954



Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret arrive at the Empire Cinema in London for the Royal Command Film Performance.

1954



Queen Elizabeth at a garden party in Sydney, Australia.

1955

Elegantly dressed, Queen Elizabeth arrives at a screening of To Catch a Thief at the Odeon Cinema.

1956

Queen Elizabeth II with Government minister Makaman Bida during her Commonwealth visit to Nigeria.

1956

Queen Elizabeth II shaking hands with Marilyn Monroe at a performance of The Battle of the River Plate at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, London.

1957

Queen Elizabeth presents the trophy to American tennis player Althea Gibson after she won the Women's Singles final at Wimbledon.

1958

Queen Elizabeth watching Prince Philip during a cricket match at Highclere Castle (better known as the set of Downton Abbey).

1959

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with one of their corgis at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

1960

Queen Elizabeth attends a film premiere.

1961

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy pose with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.

1961

Queen Elizabeth films a horse race in Accra, Ghana.

1962

The Queen is known as a lifelong horse lover.

1964

At a performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

1965

Queen Elizabeth leaves Schloss Augustusburg in Bruhl, Germany after attending a state reception wearing a diamond bow brooch that once belonged to Queen Mary.

1966

During a royal visit to Nassau, Bahamas.

1967

Queen Elizabeth awarding Prince Philip and Prince Charles with trophies after a polo match.

1968

Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1968.

1969

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne at an event in Vienna, Austria.

1970

Queen Elizabeth is greeted by local children during her tour of Australia.

1971

Queen Elizabeth leaps ashore during a visit to Turkey.

1973

The Queen with Prince Philip at the Badminton Horse Trials.

1974

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

1975

Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Mexico.

1976

Queen Elizabeth attends a polo match at Windsor Great Park.

1977

Queen Elizabeth waves as she leaves Fiji during her royal tour.

1978

Queen Elizabeth laughing while attending the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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1979

The Queen stays warm in a red wool cape.

1980

Queen Elizabeth with the Queen Mother at Clarence House.

1981

The Prince and Princess of Wales pose on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day with the Queen and some of their bridesmaids.

1982

Queen Elizabeth takes a picture while visiting Tuvalu in the South Pacific.

1983

Queen Elizabeth touring Canada.

1984

The Queen greets the crowd in Kent.

1984

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at a polo match in Windsor.

1985

The Queen.

1986

The Queen and Prince Philip visit the Great Wall of China.

1987

Members of the Royal family outside Clarence House during the Queen Mother's 87th birthday celebration in London.

1988

Queen Elizabeth arrives at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

1989

The Queen in May

1990

Queen Elizabeth holds a bundle of flowers.

1991

The Queen visits Washington, D.C.

1993

Attending the Royal Windsor Horseshoe.

1994

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip waving to a crowd of veterans before attending a service for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.

1995

The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown at the opening of Parliament in London.

1996

The Queen in Bedford.

1997

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Edward at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

1998

The Queen at the grounds of Windsor Castle.

1999

The Queen at a banquet in Marlow.

2000

Queen Elizabeth poses with Nelson Mandela at Buckingham Palace.

2001

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip waving to the crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

2003

The Queen and Prince William are all smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping of the Colour.

2004

Visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London.

2005

The Queen arrives in Norfolk, England.

2007

Queen Elizabeth attends the State Opening of Parliament.

2009

Queen Elizabeth arrives to unveil a memorial to the Queen Mother in London.

2012

Queen Elizabeth and Duchess Catherine watch a fashion show at De Montfort University.

2013

Queen Elizabeth attends day one of Royal Ascot.

2015

The British Royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping of the Colour.

2016

Queen Elizabeth receives an award at the Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series Championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

2017

Queen Elizabeth attends the Sunday service at the church of St. Mary the Virgin in Fitcham.

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