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Queen Elizabeth II

(1926-), Queen regnant

Sitter associated with 920 portraits
Princess Elizabeth became heir to the throne in 1936 on the accession of her father George VI. She married Philip Mountbatten in 1947 and their first children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, were born in 1948 and 1950. Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, whilst on an official trip to Kenya, after the death of her father. Her coronation in 1953 was the first to be televised and was broadcast internationally. Her sons, Princes Andrew and Edward, were born in 1960 and 1964. As Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth, her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees were celebrated in 1977, 2002 and 2012. She is now the longest-serving British monarch and the most portrayed individual in history.

More on Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen in Portraits: from the 1950s to the present

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Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Mary, by Vandyk - NPG x130813

Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Mary

by Vandyk
whole-plate glass negative, 24 October 1931
NPG x130813

Queen Elizabeth II, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82050

Queen Elizabeth II

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1931
NPG x82050

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret, by Frederick Thurston - NPG x87177

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret

by Frederick Thurston
chlorobromide print, August 1932
NPG x87177

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret, by Frederick Thurston - NPG x87178

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret

by Frederick Thurston
chlorobromide print, August 1932
NPG x87178

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret, by Frederick Thurston - NPG x87179

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret

by Frederick Thurston
bromide print, August 1932
NPG x87179

Queen Elizabeth II, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x193602

Queen Elizabeth II

by Bassano Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1934
NPG x193602

Queen Elizabeth II, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x122839

Queen Elizabeth II

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1934
NPG x122839

Queen Elizabeth II, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x122840

Queen Elizabeth II

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1934
NPG x122840

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Edward George W. Malindine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x131121

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 6 May 1935
NPG x131121

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