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16 Times Queen Elizabeth Was the Coolest: Rare Photos of Her Majesty

In honor of the monarch's 91st birthday celebrations, peruse these awesome images of her in action over the years.
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1944
Then-Princess Elizabeth working as a truck mechanic during World War II.


1945
The Princess worked for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service as both a mechanic and truck driver; here, she is pictured in her uniform.


1947
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day; he was not her family's first choice, but she married him anyway.


1947
The newlyweds on their honeymoon at Earl Mountbatten's (Philip's uncle) estate; Elizabeth, on the advice of Winston Churchill, famously did not take Philip's last name.


1947
Princess Elizabeth (left) watches her parents partake in ride shooting during a trip to South Africa.


1953
Following the sudden death of her father on February 2, 1952, Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25. She kept her own name, Elizabeth, as her regnal title. Her coronation on June 2, 1953 was the first ever to be televised, with 27 million people watching around the world.


1952
Though she was born on April 21, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday again in June with the Trooping the Colour. The tradition of observing the British monarch's birthday during the summer, which offers a better chance of good weather, dates back to King George II in 1748.


1961
The Queen rides an elephant howdah (throne) during a tiger hunt in Meghauli.


1977
She doesn't have a passport, as all British passports are distributed in her name. Here, the Queen is pictured boarding a plane in Fiji.


1980s
During the 1981 Trooping the Colour, a 17-year-old boy shot blanks at Queen Elizabeth as she rode on horseback. Nevertheless, she persisted and finished the parade.


1993
The Queen shoots a machine gun in an undated photo.


2009
Queen Elizabeth owns all the (unclaimed) swans in England and Wales thanks to a medieval law which preserved the then-delicacy for royals. They swans are counted every year. Here, the Queen is pictured attending a "Swan Upping.

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2012
For the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Queen filmed a short sketch with Daniel Craig as James Bond, which made it look like she parachuted into the arena.


2014
She became the queen of selfies during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, when she surprised two members of the Australian women's hockey team by photobombing their selfie. "Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!!" hockey player Jayde Taylor wrote on Twitter.


2015
On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch and female head of state. Here, the Queen attends a banquet during a visit to Berlin. She's also the most-traveled head of state, with 261 overseas visits and 96 state visits to 116 countries (as of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012).


2016
The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday at Windsor.


2017
At 91, the Queen stills drives a car; last month, she caused an Internet storm when she was photographed driving a Jaguar home from church. In this photo, she's driving her Range Rover at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May.


From: Harper's BAZAAR

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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