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Queen Elizabeth II

(1926-2022), Reigned 1952-2022

Sitter associated with 972 portraits
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving British monarch in history. Her devotion to the duty and public service was renowned and she ruled through a period of enormous social change and technological transformation. Her coronation in 1953 was the first to be televised and was broadcast internationally and she is the most portrayed person in the world.
Born in London, 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, the then 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, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees were celebrated in 1977, 2002, 2012 and 2022.

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Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1442

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
chromogenic print, November 1953
NPG P1442

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1443

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
bromide print, November 1953
NPG P1443

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1444

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
chromogenic print, November 1953
NPG P1444

The Queen with her Maids of Honour, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1454

The Queen with her Maids of Honour

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1454

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1455

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1455

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1456

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1456

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1457

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1457

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1458

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1458

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1459

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1459

Queen Elizabeth II, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1654

Queen Elizabeth II

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, June 1953
NPG P1654

Queen Elizabeth II, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1655

Queen Elizabeth II

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, June 1953
NPG P1655

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1656

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, June 1953
NPG P1656

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Anne, by Marcus Adams - NPG P1406

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Anne

by Marcus Adams
bromide print, late 1954
NPG P1406

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1460

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, November 1955
NPG P1460

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1461

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, November 1955
NPG P1461

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1462

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1462

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1463

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, November 1955
NPG P1463

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1464

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1464

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1465

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, November 1955
NPG P1465

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1466

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1466

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1467

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1467

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1468

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1468

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1469

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1469

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1470

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1470

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1471

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1471

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1472

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1472

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1473

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, 1955
NPG P1473

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1474

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
chromogenic print, November 1955
NPG P1474

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1475

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1475

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1476

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1476

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1477

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1477

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1478

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1478

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1446

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
chromogenic print, 1956
NPG P1446

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1447

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
bromide print, 1956
NPG P1447

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1448

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
chromogenic print, 1956
NPG P1448

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1449

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
bromide print, 1956
NPG P1449

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1450

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
bromide print, 1956
NPG P1450

Queen Elizabeth II, by Baron Studios - NPG P1451

Queen Elizabeth II

by Baron Studios
chromogenic print, 1956
NPG P1451

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Anne, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1639

Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Anne

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 10 October 1957
NPG P1639

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Queen Elizabeth II, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1640

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Queen Elizabeth II

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 10 October 1957
NPG P1640

Queen Elizabeth II, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1641

Queen Elizabeth II

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 10 October 1957
NPG P1641

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Queen Elizabeth II, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1642

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Queen Elizabeth II

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 10 October 1957
NPG P1642

Queen Elizabeth II, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1641a

Queen Elizabeth II

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 10 October 1957
NPG P1641a

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1579

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1579

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Donald McKague - NPG P1581

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1581

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1584

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
chromogenic print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1584

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1585

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1585

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1586

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1586

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1587

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1587

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1588

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1588

Queen Elizabeth II, by Donald McKague - NPG P1589

Queen Elizabeth II

by Donald McKague
bromide print, December 1958, published April 1959
NPG P1589

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