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  1. The life of Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II has reigned as the constitutional monarch of the Commonwealth for more than 60 years. See photos from the queen's life and long reign.

    Commemorative cups are seen for sale in a window display at a shop in London on April 18, 2016. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The Elizabeth Line

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends the formal unveiling of the new logo for Crossrail, which will be named the Elizabeth line, in central London, February 23, 2016. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Fit for a queen

    Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she attends a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on November 27, 2015 near Valletta, Malta. Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall all attended the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The royal box

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge chat to each other in the Royal Box at the Royal Albert Hall during the Annual Festival of Remembrance on November 7, 2015 in London. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Wrapping it up

    Queen Elizabeth II (C), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales watch competitors at the Braemar Gathering on September 5, 2015 in Braemar, Scotland. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. He likes to call her 'Gan-Gan'

    Prince George of Cambridge talks to Queen Elizabeth II outside the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate during the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. In a new documentary celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday on April 21 Duchess Kate opens up about about Queen Elizabeth's sweet relationship with her great-grandchildren. "George, who's only two and a half, calls her 'Gan-Gan,'" said Kate in a clip from "The Queen at Ninety." (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Royal family portrait

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and and Queen Elizabeth II pose in front of (L-R) Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh pose for a family photo after the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at the Sandringham Estate on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Mario Testino / Art Partner) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Longest serving monarch

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses for a photographon September 8, 2015, at her desk in her private audience room in Buckingham Palace, with one of her official red boxes in which she receives on an almost daily basis official correspondence from government ministers, her representatives across the Commonwealth, and dignitaries further afield. Queen Elizabeth II kept things very low-key the next day, September 9, 2015, when she overtook Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch. Elizabeth beat her great-great grandmother Victoria's time on the throne: a total of 63 years, seven months and two days which she served between 1837 and 1901. (Mary McCartney  / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Royal visit to Germany

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave from the balcony of the city hall on June 25, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Frankfurt following a visit to Berlin. The Royal couple will also visited the concentration camp memorial at Bergen-Belsen during their trip, which is their first to Germany since 2004. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Domo arigato Mr. Roboto

    Queen Elizabeth II watches robots in action at Berlin's University of Technology on the second day of a four day State Visit on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Look up in the sky

    Prince George of Cambridge is held by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth II look out on the balcony of uckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color on June 13, 2015 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Christmas greeting

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth sits at a desk in the 18th Century Room at Buckingham Palace, London, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in London, on December 25, 2015. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Honoring the troops

    Queen Elizabeth II sits with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards after presenting them with New Colours at Windsor Castle on April 30, 2015 in London. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Black and white

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth is seen in this portrait taken by British photographer David Bailey, and released by Buckingham Palace on April 20, 2014. The portrait was released to mark the Queen's 88th birthday on April 21, 2014. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. First time visit

    Queen Elizabeth ll smiles as she exchanges gifts with Pope Francis at The Vatican on April 03, 2014 in Vatican City, Italy. Queen Elizabeth II brought a basket of honey, whiskey and other goodies from the royal estates during her visit. The pontiff returned the courtesy with a gift for Prince George, Elizabeth's great-grandson. (WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. High horse

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with Prince Philip and Prince William, unveil the Windsor Greys statue, which was made to mark the anniversary of the queen's coronation, in Windsor, England on March 31, 2014. (Arthur Edwards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Think pink

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip watch dancers perform during a visit to the Rambert dance company on March 21, 2014 in London. (Carl Court / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Royal watch

    Ed Parker, co-founder of Walking with the Wounded, shows Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II a pulk belonging to a team of wounded servicemen and women who were venturing to the South Pole. (Yui Mok / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Banquet bubbly

    South Korea's President Park Geun-hye and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II toast at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 5, 2013 in London. (Neil Hall / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Royal meeting

    President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai visits with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Oct. 30, 2013 in London. (Dominic Lipinski/ / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Family chat

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles at the Epsom Derby as she speaks with Prince Andrew, in Epsom, England, on June 1, 2013. (Andrew Winning / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Holding court

    Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech next to Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh during the State Opening of Parliament on May 8, 2013 in London. (WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Warm welcoming

    Queen Elizabeth II walks and talks with Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan after a ceremonial welcome on the grounds of Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, west of London on April 30, 2013. (Toby Melville / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Somber moment

    Queen Elizabeth leaves after attending the funeral service for former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, at Saint Paul's Cathedral, in London on April 17, 2013. Thatcher, who was prime minister between 1979 and 1990, died on April 8 at the age of 87. (Chris Harris / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Lady in red

    Queen Elizabeth leaves King Edward VII hospital in central London, March 4, 2013, a day after being admitted with symptoms of gastroenteritis. (Olivia Harris / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Royal wave

    Queen Elizabeth and the royal family appear on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony for a royal wave in front of thousands who are helping the nation's monarch celebrate 60 years on the throne.

    The queen was without her husband Prince Philip at her side after he was taken to hospital with a bladder infection on the third day of the celebrations. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Bright white

    Queen Elizabeth waves from her boat during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London. A flotilla of 1,000 boats accompanied them down the river. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. The blues

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip inspect horses in the parade ring on Derby Day on June 2, 2012, the first official day of her Diamond Jubilee celebration. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Rock royalty

    Queen Elizabeth greets Sir Paul McCartney at a Celebration of the Arts event at the Royal Academy of Arts on May 23, 2012. (WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Buttoned up

    Queen Elizabeth smiles as she arrives for a visit to Kings Lynn Town Hall in Norfolk, England on Feb. 6, 2012, 60 years to the day that she ascended to the throne. (Chris Radburn / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Family portrait

    The royal family poses for the official royal wedding portrait taken at Buckingham Palace in London on April 29, 2011. (Hugo Burnand / AFP-Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Window to the world

    Queen Elizabeth returns to Buckingham Palace after addressing Parliament during the official State Opening of Parliament ceremony at Westminster on Nov.18, 2009. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Perfectly pink

    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by Queen Elizabeth to Buckingham Palace on April 1, 2009. (Pete Souza / White House via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Remembrance

    Queen Elizabeth attends the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Nov. 9, 2008 in London. This year is the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Sweet moment

    To mark their diamond-wedding anniversary on Nov. 20, 2007, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip re-visit Broadlands, where 60 years ago, they spent their wedding night. Broadlands in Hampshire had been the home of Prince Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten. (Tim Graham / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Seeing stripes

    U.S. President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose for a picture at the Grand Foyer of the White House for a State Dinner in Washington, May 7, 2007. (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Flower power

    Queen Elizabeth meets the public during a walkabout to celebrate her 80th birthday in Windsor, England. The queen was born on April 21,1926 and ascended the throne in Feb. 1952. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Inspecting the troops

    Prince Harry smiles broadly as his grandmother Queen Elizabeth reviews him and other officers during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in Surrey to mark the completion of their training in April 2006. (Martinez Dylan / Abaca) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. New addition

    The Prince of Wales and his bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, pose with their families at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on April 9, 2005. Seen standing, from left, are Prince Harry, Prince William and Tom and Laura Parker Bowles. Seated are the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla's father, Major Bruce Shand. (Hugo Burnand / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Hot ride

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip ride in the Golden State Carriage at the head of a parade from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee on June 4, 2002. (Sion Touhig / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Meeting the pope

    Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II meet at the Vatican on Oct. 17, 2000. (Alessandro Bianchi / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Honoring Diana

    On Sept. 5, 1997, Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, as an "exceptional and gifted human being," during a TV appearance. Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Nelson Mandela historical visit

    South African President Nelson Mandela stands with Britain Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1996, in London for a state banquet in his honor following his arrival in Britain. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. A first

    Queen Elizabeth made history in 1991 by becoming the first British monarch to address a joint session of Congress. She opened her remarks by poking fun at herself and ended with, "May God bless America." She received three ovations and was interrupted by applause several more times during a 15-minute speech. (Anwar Hussein / Anwar Hussein) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. The Queen and Mother Teresa

    The Queen and Mother Teresa look at the Insignia of the Honorary Order of Merit which Her majesty presented to the Lady of Calcutta, at the Rashtrapati Shavar, in New Delhi on Nov. 24, 1983. (Anonymous / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Horsing around

    U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth go horseback riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle, England on June 8, 1982. (Bob Daugherty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Day with Diana

    Queen Elizabeth poses with Prince Charles and his fiancée Lady Diana Spencer at Buckingham Palace on March 27, 1981. (Hulton Archive via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Entourage

    Queen Elizabeth arrives at King's Cross railway station in London with her four corgi dogs on Oct. 15, 1969. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Public speaker

    Queen Elizabeth addresses a vast gathering -- estimated at more than a quarter of a million -- at the Ramlila Grounds, outside the walls of Old Delhi, India, on Jan. 28, 1961. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Queen and JFK

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, center, walks with American President John F. Kennedy, right, and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, as they enter an ante-room in Buckingham Palace, London on June 5, 1961. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Family picnic

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, with their children, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Charles, Prince of Wales, sit on a picnic rug outside Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1960. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Queen and Prime Minister

    Elizabeth II of England and Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, wait at Waterloo station for the Queen mother on her return from a month in America. In front, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. (Anonymous / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. The queen

    The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was held on June 2, 1953, in Westminster Abbey, London, more than a year after Elizabeth, then aged 26, ascended the thrones of the United Kingdom upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952.

    She was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan, as well as taking on the role of Head of the Commonwealth. The coronation was the first ever to be televised and was also the world's first major international event to be broadcast on television. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Kids in tow

    Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband, Prince Philip, and their first two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, at Clarence House, the royal couple's London residence. The photo was taken in August 1951. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. Pretty in pearls

    Princess Elizabeth wears a silver gown with a diamond tiara and pearl necklace in this formal portrait taken in August 1949. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. In uniform

    Princess Elizabeth sits side-saddle in her uniform as colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards in this 1947 photo. (Central Press / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Mad for plaid

    Princess Elizabeth in April 1940. (The Royal Collection via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Playing with penguins

    Princess Elizabeth and a friend take the London Zoo's penguins for a walk on June 30, 1938. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Family portrait

    Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with their daughters Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in Dec. 1936. (The Royal Collection via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Baby photo

    The future Queen Elizabeth is seen here as a young girl with her mother, affectionately known as "Queen Mum," and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, in 1930. (Hulton Archive via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Daddy's little girl

    Albert, Duke of York, and his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1929. (The Royal Collection via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Playing nicely

    Albert and Elizabeth, Duke and Duchess of York, and their daughter Princess Elizabeth in June 1927. (The Royal Collection via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Early moment

    The Duchess of York holds her baby Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), May 1926. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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