96 years
Queen Elizabeth II, 70 years on the throne
A young Princess
With a big responsibility
Never meant to be Queen
On parade
A walk in the park
As any 'normal' family
Family matters
Education is of the utmost importance
From lady to Princess
The first of many
A Queen's best friend
Always the horse lover
A different kind of balcony
Speaking to the nation
A (slightly monochrome) family portrait
With her sister Margret
A love for music
Doing her bit
Always together
Love of her life
A new addition
On their wedding day, 20th November 1947.
A proud mother
Villa Guardamangia in Malta
A confident stride
Coronation day
Royal Ascot
The famous balcony
Tour of India
Always elegant
The Queen At Aberfan
The Prince of Wales
Prince Charles crowned
A family
Famous Land Rover
A royal engagement
Thank you mummy
A royal grandmother
Cheers
Cheer up
Out and about
A true inspiration
Queen of Technology
Another fine pair of glasses
Hard to miss
On Tour
A handbag?!
In mourning
A royal tear
Never forgotten
Independent woman
Not afraid to get her hands dirty
The secret to a strong relationship
A real royal guard
The loss of her steadfast
Dark days ahead
Thank you Ma'am
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96 years

A low-key event for the Queen of England as she celebrates her 96th birthday on 21st April, 2022. Her Majesty has a lot to celebrate. It is also her Platinum jubilee year, but the monarch, although struggling with health problems, according to Buckingham Palace, has continued to carry out manageable royal duties.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 70 years on the throne

This year celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. A progressive monarch, she has seen through 70 years on the throne - a world first. We look at the beautiful, funny, iconic and rare images of the Queen throughout her life and reign.

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A young Princess

The young princess was only 25 years old when her father, King George VI died. She was to undertake the responsibility of becoming Britain's reigning monarch.

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With a big responsibility

Elizabeth was born in 1926 to the Duke and Duchess of York, at the time. Her Uncle Edward was the King but, when he abdicated in 1936 to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson, her father took the throne and Elizabeth became heir presumptive.

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Never meant to be Queen

The young Princess Elizabeth even at a young age had an air of authority about her. Here she is almost practicing the famed royal wave.

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On parade

1927 Princess Elizabeth, baby daughter of King George VI takes a ride in an open carriage. Her face has been paraded to the public for her entire life.

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A walk in the park

Princess Elizabeth in her pram as she is taken for a stroll in Green Park in 1929. Things would not always be so peaceful...

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As any 'normal' family

The infant Elizabeth with her grandfather King George V at a fete in Balmoral castle in 1926 in the days before easy access.

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Family matters

A young princess with her mother and sister Margret. Her Majesty had to get used to the camera pretty quickly.

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Education is of the utmost importance

The princess’s education was supervised by her mother, who entrusted her daughters to a governess, Marion Crawford.

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From lady to Princess

May 1937 in their coronation robes for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth - better known as the Queen mother.

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The first of many

Seen here for the first time on the royal balcony, which will later become an iconic set for many iconic royal photos.

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A Queen's best friend

Always the animal lover, pictured here with one of her favourite animals. Dogs, and Corgis in particular, would come play an important role in the Queen's life. Her first corgi, Susan, was a gift for her 18th birthday in 1944.

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Always the horse lover

Be it riding in the fields or a day at the races, the Queen has always been an avid fan of horses. She looks pretty confident here at such a young age, too.

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A different kind of balcony

At the bath club, where the future Queen would learn to swim.

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Speaking to the nation

Seen here giving her first Children's Hour radio broadcast to the nation from Windsor Castle in Windsor, 1940.

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A (slightly monochrome) family portrait

A family photo with her mother, father and sister at Buckingham palace in 1942.

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With her sister Margret

At a royal pantomime production in Windsor Castle, looking glamourous. This particular event was 'Old Mother Red Riding Boots' at Windsor Castle on 22 December 1944.

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A love for music

Much more than just a part of her royal education, the Queen regularly attended concerts, awarding musicians with the highest honours and supporting the nation's military bands and orchestras.

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Doing her bit

During the war she worked on the maintenance of army vehicles, everyone had to pull their weight. She learnt to drive in the military.

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Always together

Elizabeth and Margret were extremely close, seen in this photo sending a message by carrier pigeon.

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Love of her life

With Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, after their engagement was announced, 10th July 1947. They first met in 1934.

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A new addition

Phillip pictured with the future Queen and her parents shortly before the royal wedding.

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On their wedding day, 20th November 1947.

Elizabeth became the tenth member of the royal family to be married at Westminster Abbey.

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A proud mother

Elizabeth holding Prince Charles, born in November 1948. A new heir to the throne.

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Villa Guardamangia in Malta

Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh where he was stationed with the Royal Navy in November 1949. Not a honeymoon destination - the two actually went to Broadlands for their honeymoon in Hampshire.

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A confident stride

Queen Elizabeth has always shown confidence in her gait and her outfits. Here she is leaving the ceremony site after opening the Claerwen reservoir and dam, in Radnorshire, Wales on 23rd October 1952.

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Coronation day

Queen Elizabeth II (right) wearing robes of state in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, London, on her coronation day, along with her maids of honour in 1953.

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Royal Ascot

On the way to the races in June 1957 in an open top Carriage with her husband The Duke of Edinburgh. She has constantly made a show of unity with her husband.

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The famous balcony

The British Royal family standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Princess Margaret to Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. An image of the royals we all know well.

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Tour of India

Queen Elizabeth II has never been one to wear dark colours and here she is stepping out in a pastel violet along with the Duke of Edinburgh at a civic ceremony in New Delhi during the Royal Tour of India, circa January 1961.

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Always elegant

And jewelled. It is not secret the Queen has loved her family jewels, which she donned for a State Reception in 1965. She is wearing the Jubilee Necklace and a diamond bow brooch with pearl drop inherited from Queen Mary.

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The Queen At Aberfan

Following the disaster which resulted in the deaths of 116 children and 28 adults in 1966, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the coal mining village of Aberfan in Wales. This could be the biggest regret in the Queens career - not getting there sooner.

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The Prince of Wales

Then the good times arrived for the Queen - the ceremony of Charles' investment as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in Wales, on 1st July 1969.

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Prince Charles crowned

Queen Elizabeth II crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales. Britain's future King.

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A family

An incredible show of unity of the Queen and her family on summer holiday at Balmoral castle in 1972. This shot was part of a series of photographs taken for use during the silver wedding celebrations.

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Famous Land Rover

The Queen stands next to her Land Rover, a car that would be associated with HRH for 70 years.

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A royal engagement

Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles pose with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, London, in March 1981. It was meant to be a match made in heaven.

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Thank you mummy

Family has always been of the utmost importance to Elizabeth. Alongside honour and duty. Charles kisses the Queen's hand after she presented him with a prize at polo in Windsor.

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A royal grandmother

In simpler times with her grandsons, William and Harry. The Queen has four children in total, eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

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Cheers

To this day, Elizabeth maintains her tradition of a tipple a day. She has a glass of Champagne every afternoon. Here she is toasting her host with a glass of Champagne in Warsaw during her visit to Poland.

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Cheer up

Not even the rain can dampen the Queen's humour and she talks to a young subject on a wet weekend in Wales. Elizabeth has many affairs to attend - including the 600 charities and organisations she supports.

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Out and about

On her way to the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1987. The Queen has never been too important to drive herself.

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A true inspiration

The Queen has been the model example of a monarch for the last 70 years. She has moved with the times and even has her own Facebook account (opened in 2010) - as well as a Twitter and Instagram.

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Queen of Technology

Queen Elizabeth wore 3D glasses to watch the recording of her Christmas message to the Commonwealth which was broadcast in 3D for the first time in 2012. Her Christmas message to her people is watched by millions every year.

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Another fine pair of glasses

Queen Elizabeth is never ashamed and never falters in her tasks. Here she is with Philip as they tour the building at the opening of University College Hospital in, 2005 in London.

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Hard to miss

Due to the fact that the Queen is only 5ft 3 inches, she always wears bright clothing so that she is easy to spot.

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On Tour

Queen Elizabeth looking fabulous as she arrives at the Airport In Chennai, India. Nowadays it's all thanks to Angela Kelly: Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe) Elizabeth II.

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A handbag?!

The Queen has continued to fulfil her royal duties for over 70 years, whilst using her handbag as her best prop. She uses her purse to send signals to her staff - more often than not to signal she would like to move on.

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In mourning

The queen has also suffered the hard times like us all. She has shown a brave face to the public attending the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma at St Paul's Church in 2017.

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A royal tear

It has not been a common sight - the Queen of England shedding a tear. But here she let one go as she mourned those who were in service as she attended The Duke of Lancaster's Regimental Memorial Dedication.

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Never forgotten

At the service of Remembrance in Westminster Queen Elizabeth also gave way to tears. Her incredible age means that she has seen many come and go throughout her life. In fact, there have been six Roman Catholic Popes during Queen Elizabeth's reign (Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI).

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Independent woman

Still driving herself to a royal horse show in July 2021. Queen Elizabeth is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license plate on her car (and travel without a passport).

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Not afraid to get her hands dirty

Queen Elizabeth II is watched by gardener Norm Dunn and her husband Prince Philip as she plants a 'Black Sally' gum tree in the grounds of Government House. It must be a welcome change for her receptions, banquets, lunches, dinners and garden parties she hold at Buckingham Palace where she entertains, on average, 50,000 people every year.

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The secret to a strong relationship

Sharing a laugh with Prince Phillip at the Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Scotland. Together, she and the Duke of Edinburgh have sent out over 37,500 Christmas cards throughout her reign.

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A real royal guard

It was clear that, even in their mature years, the couple didn't fail to share humorous moments together. It was hard for the Queen to keep a straight face as Prince Philip stood to attention at Windsor Castle.

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The loss of her steadfast

Queen Elizabeth lost her partner after 73 years together. Aside from the odd lover's tiff - such as what would be the surname of their children - they were united and side-by-side for most of their lives.

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Dark days ahead

The Queen has remained almost entirely scandal free for her glorious 70 years on the throne, it's a shame the same can't be said about her children and grandchildren.

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Thank you Ma'am

With dignity and grace, the Queen has led by example and been an inspiration to millions. Congratulations on seventy wonderful years.

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