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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.

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Rome for an official visit on April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth flew to Rome to meet Pope Francis for the first time. (Angelo Carconi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Mad for plaid

    Princess Elizabeth in April 1940. (The Royal Collection via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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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Video: Wedding crasher! Queen surprises British couple

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    >> an unlikely wedding crasher . you're welcome to stay here, nancy, on this one. queen elizabeth surprised a british couple when she made an unexpected appearance at their ceremony. apparently this couple had booked a manchester town hall for their wedding and then were told at the time there was a vip holding an event in the other wing of the same facility. they didn't know it was the queen until their wedding day, and look who showed up.

    >> and he invited the queen jokingly. and she politely declined.

    >> declined.

    >> she knows how to curtsy.

    >> and the queen stayed and posed for pictures. those are pictures that will last a lifetime.

    >> they were shocked. they said they'll never get over the fact that she actually showed up with prince philip . my thought is every wedding, every family has a weird uncle charlie who has more than one glass of wine at the wedding. how do you

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