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Queen Elizabeth II

(1926-), Queen regnant

Sitter associated with 909 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

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1943
NPG x36747

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1943
NPG x36749

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1943
NPG x36750

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'H.R.H. The Princess Elizabeth' (Queen Elizabeth II)

by Dorothy Wilding, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons
halftone postcard print, 1943
NPG x193095

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1945
NPG x34821

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1945
NPG x34995

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36893

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36894

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36895

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36896

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36897

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36898

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36899

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36900

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36901

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36902

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36903

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36904

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x36905

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