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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 Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 April 1952
NPG x37869

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 April 1952
NPG x37870

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 April 1952
NPG x37871

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 April 1952
NPG x37873

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 April 1952
NPG x37874

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 April 1952
NPG x37875

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Keith Michell; Michael Benthall; Queen Elizabeth II

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 18 March 1958
NPG x726

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Queen Elizabeth II; Heneage Legge-Bourke

copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 17 July 1964
NPG x176086

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

copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 24 May 1967
NPG x176887

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Anthony Crickmay
bromide print, November 2001
NPG x134854

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Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Patrick Lichfield
digital colour print, 26 November 2001
NPG x125850

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Queen Elizabeth II

by Paul Laib
whole-plate film negative
NPG x39400

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