Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in London. He is kept here by his mother named Elizabeth. His father later became George VI.
Princess Elizabeth poses for a photo at her London home in 1928.
Princess Elizabeth was seen with her uncle Edward, Prince of Wales, in September 1933 while visiting Balmoral, Scotland. He became King Edward VIII in 1936. But when he abdicated later that year, Elizabeth’s father became king. She became the heir presumptive.
From left, Princess Elizabeth, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 22, 1939.
Elizabeth riding a horse in Windsor, England in 1940. His love for horses is well documented.
14-year-old Elizabeth sits next to her sister for a radio broadcast on October 13, 1940. In his first broadcast, he said that the children of England are full of joy and courage.
Princess Elizabeth shakes hands with an officer of the Grenadier Guards on May 29, 1942. King George VI made Elizabeth an honorary colonel in a Royal Army regiment.
Elizabeth, right, and Princess Margaret wear summer dresses circa 1942. Margaret was Elizabeth’s only sibling.
With the Dragonsberg Mountains behind her, Princess Elizabeth sits in Natal National Park, South Africa on April 21, 1947. It was his 21st birthday.
On November 20, 1947, Elizabeth married Prince Philip, a lieutenant in the British Navy who was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. After becoming a British citizen and renouncing his Greek title, Philip became His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His wife became the Duchess of Edinburgh.
Princess Elizabeth arrives at a state party in London in March 1950.
Elizabeth ascended the throne in February 1952 after her father died of lung cancer aged 56. Here, he walks to the altar during the coronation on June 2, 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II was photographed on the balcony of Melbourne’s Government House during her visit to Australia in March 1954.
From left, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother visit Epsom Downs Racecourse in June 1958.
The Queen holds her son Prince Andrew as her sister Princess Anne looks on during a family holiday at Balmoral Castle, Scotland in September 1960. The Queen had four children, including sons Charles and Edward.
Queen Elizabeth II seen during the State Opening of Parliament in April 1966.
Queen Elizabeth II with her eldest son Prince Charles in 1969. Charles is next in line to the throne.
Prince Charles adjusted his tiara during his coronation as Prince of Wales in 1969.
The Queen and Prince Philip waved from the runway shortly before departure from Tokyo in May 1975.
The Queen poses for a portrait at Windsor Castle on April 21, 1976 for her 50th birthday.
The Queen meets the crowd during her royal tour of New Zealand in 1977.
Elizabeth walks some of her corgis at the Windsor Horse Trials in May 1980.
The Queen stands beside Prince Charles as he kisses his new bride, Princess Diana, on July 29, 1981.
Elizabeth takes pictures of her husband during a horse show in Windsor in May 1982.
Elizabeth drives her Land Rover during the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1992.
While at Buckingham Palace, the Queen and Prince Philip laid a floral tribute to Princess Diana after her tragic death in 1997.
The Queen addresses the nation on the night before Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
Prince Charles looks back at his mother after his wedding to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in April 2005.
The Queen arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving to mark her 80th birthday in 2006.
The Queen, second from right, greets a crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in April 2011. His grandson Prince William, third from left, is married to Catherine Middleton.
The Queen’s signature was found in May 2011 in the visitors’ book at Arras an Uchteraine, the official residence of the Irish monarch in Dublin.
Madame Tussauds London unveiled the Queen’s wax figure in May 2012.
Prince Charles kisses his mother’s hand on stage as singer Paul McCartney, right, looks on during a Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations marked Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary as Queen.
The Queen visits the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London in December 2012.
A boy takes a selfie in front of the Queen in June 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Queen enters the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle after attending a memorial service for the Scottish National War Memorial in July 2014.
The Queen waits to deliver her speech during the State Opening of Parliament in May 2015.
Elizabeth listens to her great-grandson Prince George outside the church where George’s sister Charlotte will be christened in July 2015. George and Charlotte are the children of Prince William and Duchess Catherine.
The Queen sits at her desk in her private viewing room at Buckingham Palace in July 2015. He is seen with one of his official red boxes, which contain important documents from government ministers in the United Kingdom and representatives from the Commonwealth and beyond. The photo was taken to mark the moment when the Queen became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The Queen poses with her great-grandchildren and two younger grandchildren in April 2016.
The Queen poses with her four dogs in the private grounds of Windsor Castle in April 2016.
The Queen and Prince Philip wave to guests attending her 90th birthday celebrations in London in 2016.
Elizabeth talks to Evie Mills, 14, at a hospital in Manchester, England, in May 2017. Evie was injured in the blast as people left an Ariana Grande concert.
The Queen sits at a table in Buckingham Palace after recording her Christmas Day broadcast in 2017.
The Queen will attend the wedding of her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.
The Queen laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a bridge opening ceremony in Halton, England in June 2018. It was Meghan’s first royal appearance without her husband Prince Harry.
The Queen and Prince Philip look at a homemade anniversary card delivered by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in November 2020.
The Queen receives the Duke of Edinburgh Rose from Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, in June 2021. The newly grown rose was officially named after Prince Philip.
The Queen drives her Range Rover as she attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show in July 2021 in Windsor, England.
In July 2021 the Queen will attend the British Driving Society’s Royal Windsor Cup Polo and Carriage Show.
The Queen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcome guests during a Windsor Castle reception for international business and investment leaders in October 2021.