We celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday with a look back at her long reign and distinguished legacy. From the Second World War to her Diamond Jubilee, take a glimpse into some of the key milestones that mark Her Majesty’s life. It’s not hard to see why she’s become one of the most beloved monarchs in the Western world. Her love for the people and tireless devotion to her duties as Head of State has made her a steadfast pillar for the British public. Even as she sees her 12th Prime Minister through, the Queen has shown no signs of slowing down. Peek into the life of the longest-reigning British monarch and be sure to read the full issue in Our Queen at 90.
The first published photograph of the Duchess of York and baby Elizabeth. (May 1926)
Looking very at home in the horse-drawn royal carriage, Princess Elizabeth enjoys an outing with her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary on the way back to Balmoral after attending a nearby church service. (September 1932)
During the war, Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), and was promoted to Jnr Commander. Here, she inspects The Motor Transport Training Centre at Camberley, Surrey.
Second subaltern Elizabeth Windsor learns basic car maintenance. (1945)
Her Majesty and Prince Philip getting down at a cowboy dress party during a tour of Canada. (1951)
Official portrait of the Queen in her stunning beaded coronation dress. (1953)
Soft pastel florals strike the perfect note in a hot climate, Sierra Leone. (1961)
The Queen is totally gripped by the dramatic finale to the Epsom Derby in 1978, when outsider Hawaiian Sound was pipped to the post by Shirley Heights in a nail-biting finish.
The quiet ease of well-travelled partners. “My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.”
One of her most photographed hats in this pink Frederick Fox design, sporting 25 bell-shaped flowers and worn by Her Majesty during the Silver Jubilee celebrations on June 7, 1977.
At The Windsor Horse Trials, but in a turban hat instead of trademark silk headscarf. (May 1981)
She may have been the Queen on duty but she was also a very proud grandmother to one of the new graduates from Sandhurst’s Royal Military Academy. Prince Harry can’t help but grin as Her Majesty inspects the cadets during his passing-out parade. (April 2006)
In much-favoured pink during a visit to a Manchester hospital in Diamond Jubilee year 2012.
A warm Welsh welcome for the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee tour as Her Majesty and Prince Phillip arrive in Aberfan to open Ynysowen Community Primary School.
Four generations of the Royal Family look to the skies as the RAF perform their traditional finale to Trooping the Colour. (June 2015)