Queen Elizabeth II, at 95, will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. The event marks her 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth. We wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion by taking a look back at some Queen Elizabeth young photos. These photos show her as a youth who would become an unlikely Monarch at the age of 25.
Being a queen means being under constant scrutiny which must be a pain for her but means that there are plenty of photos documenting her reign through the years. Surprisingly, Queen Elizabeth young photos don’t look too terribly different from how she presents herself today at 95. Relive some of her most triumphant moments with the following photos!
See Queen Elizabeth Young In These Amazing Photos!
Queen’s Dispatch Box
The Queen receives a constant stream of Despatch Boxes containing documents from the Government, Parliament, and The Queen’s Private Secretary. These red, leather-bound boxes have looked nearly identical for decades.
A (Somewhat) Modern Monarch
She is the longest-serving monarch in British history. She received that bragging right in 2015 when she outdid Queen Victoria’s 63-year run.
Queen Elizabeth has received over 3.5 million items of correspondence over the length of her reign. That’s a lot of work and a bunch of full Dispatch Boxes.
In the above photo we get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth young, so young she was then Princess Elizabeth. She is pictured with her mother, The Duchess of York, as they meet a veteran at a sale of work organized by Friends of the Elderly, a charity, in the 1930s.
Behind the Camera
If you saw season one of The Crown, the show finds the Queen and the late Prince Philip with a camera that they used to document their travels. The Queen has long been interested in home photography and home movies.
In the above photo, the Queen Awards the World Cup to Bobby Moore. “55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management, and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament,” she wrote of the experience.
With the King
We find Queen Elizabeth young with her father, King George VI, and Prince Philip watching a young Prince Charles sitting on a statue at Balmoral in 1951.
The coronation of Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Elizabeth acceded to the throne at the age of 25 upon the death of her father on 6 February 1952. This is why her birthday is celebrated in June, even though she was born in April.
You might have noticed that the Queen wears bright colors for public events. You’re not imagining it, the bigger the event, the brighter the color. The reason is that the Queen draws huge crowds and bright colors are more easily seen from a distance.
The engagement of Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to Princess Elizabeth was announced in July 1947 and the marriage took place in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.
In this photo, we find Queen Elizabeth young with her two oldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. She later would give birth to two more children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
In addition to her four children, the Queen has 12 grandchildren. In 2017, the family celebrated as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth became the first couple to celebrate a Platinum Anniversary (70 years of marriage).
In 1965, the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, invited The Duke to chair a committee to design a scheme rewarding industrial and export achievement. The scheme became The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. We find Queen Elizabeth young in the sixties at the award ceremony.
The Commonwealth Games Federation was formed in 1932. This photo finds the Queen and Prince Philip enjoying a game organized by the federation.
The Queen’s Private Estates include Sandringham and Balmoral, as well as Windsor Great and Home Parks. This picture finds Queen Elizabeth young with Prince Philip at Balmoral in 1972.
A Love of Performing Arts
The Queen, Princess Margaret, and The Duke of Edinburgh are pictured leaving a performance of Guys and Dolls at the London Coliseum in 1953. It appears the Queen enjoyed the show.
Here we find Queen Elizabeth young enough to be in school, pictured with Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
In the Library
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the Library at Balmoral Castle in 1976. We wonder what she’s flipping through here.
Annual Christmas Message Through the Years
In addition to the Queen being the first monarch coronated on television, she was the first to do an annual televised Christmas message. Here’s a look at her through the years.
A Princess Who Would Be Queen
Here, we find Queen Elizabeth young, aged just 3 years. This was an annual Christmas card from the future King and Queen with their daughter who would also go on to reign. This was mailed in 1929.
The Queen and The Duke are pictured here in 1947 on their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire. She was just a princess then.
Baby Prince Charles
The Prince of Wales is pictured here with his mother. He was born November 14, 1948, before his mother was Queen and before he would become heir to the throne.
In the above photo, Queen Elizabeth young, just after her Coronation, lays a wreath of remembrance of those lost in two World Wars for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Princess Anne Is Married
This photo finds Queen Elizabeth and her daughter, Princess Anne, on Anne’s wedding day. The Princess married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. This photo proves it was a most dazzling affair.
This photo was taken shortly after the birth of Princess Anne in 1950. The Queen seems to be beaming with happiness following her first and only daughter’s birth.
There you have it! What did you think of these Queen Elizabeth photos? Hasn’t she lived the most storied life? We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at the monarch’s remarkable life.
- 1 See Queen Elizabeth Young In These Amazing Photos!
- 1.1 Queen’s Dispatch Box
- 1.2 A (Somewhat) Modern Monarch
- 1.3 Official Business
- 1.4 Princess Elizabeth
- 1.5 Behind the Camera
- 1.6 World Cup
- 1.7 With the King
- 1.8 Coronation
- 1.9 Bright Colors
- 1.10 Marriage
- 1.11 The Heirs
- 1.12 Grandchildren
- 1.13 Enterprise
- 1.14 Commonwealth Games
- 1.15 The Estates
- 1.16 A Love of Performing Arts
- 1.17 Queen Mother
- 1.18 In the Library
- 1.19 Annual Christmas Message Through the Years
- 1.20 A Princess Who Would Be Queen
- 1.21 On Honeymoon
- 1.22 Baby Prince Charles
- 1.23 Remembrance
- 1.24 Princess Anne Is Married
- 1.25 From 1950
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