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A life in pictures – POLITICO


Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96 after an astounding 70-year reign. It’s difficult to choose just a handful of photographs to illustrate such a long and illustrious life, so we’ve selected a few from her major milestones and family events.

Princess Elizabeth at the age of 2 in 1928. | AFP via Getty Images
Princess Elizabeth (right) and her younger sister Princess Margaret (left) taken in 1933. | AFP/Getty Images
The royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in 1937, after the coronation of King George VI. | AFP via Getty Images
Princess Elizabeth marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. | AFP/Getty Images
The royal couple with their children, Prince Charles (L) and Princess Anne (R), circa 1951. | AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II steps down from the plane on her at arrival at London Airport after being recalled from Kenya following the death of her father King George VI in 1952. | Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II makes her first ever Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham House in 1952. | Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation day, June 2, 1953. | AFP via Getty Images
From left to right: Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in his pram, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, taken in 1965. | AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II with one of her corgis. | Central Press/AFP via Getty Images
The Trooping the Color ceremony in 1971. | Steve Wood/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout to commemorate her Silver Jubilee in 1977. | Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Princess Diana (center) holds Prince William after his christening in 1982, flanked by the queen (right) and the queen mother (left) | PA/AFP/Getty Images
The queen making her “annus horribilis” speech in 1992, the year in which Princess Diana’s tell-all memoir was published and a fire broke out at Windsor Castle. | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II attends the funeral of Diana, princess of Wales, in 1997. | Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images
The queen mother waves to the people alongside Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on her 100th birthday, on August 4, 2000. | Gerry Penny/AFP via Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II rides in the Golden State Carriage during her Golden Jubilee parade on June 4, 2002. | Georges De Keerle/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, mark their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007. | Pool photo by Fiona Hanson/AFP via Getty Images
The queen and other members of the royal family attend Prince William and his bride Catherine Middleton’s wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. | Pool photo by Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Paul’s Cathedral after a national service of thanksgiving for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. | Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II recorded a Christmas Day message every year. This picture was taken after filming in 2018 in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. | Pool photo by John Stillwell/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II sits alone as pall bearers place Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh’s coffin during his funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021. | Pool photo by Jonathan Brady/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022. | Pool photo by Jonathan Brady/Getty Images
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince George of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022. | Pool photo by Frank Augstein/Getty Images





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