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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, published by J. Beagles & Co - NPG x138874

Queen Elizabeth II

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1936
NPG x138874

Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x183667

Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 3 December 1936
NPG x183667

Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, published by J. Beagles & Co - NPG x193135

Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1936
NPG x193135

Royal Coronation Group, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x46515

Royal Coronation Group

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 12 May 1937
NPG x46515

Princess Margaret; Queen Elizabeth II, by Unknown photographer - NPG x134352

Princess Margaret; Queen Elizabeth II

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1937
NPG x134352

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