Seventy images for 70 years of the Queen’s record-breaking reign

Seventy images marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne have been collected to celebrate the monarch’s platinum anniversary.

Featuring a picture of Elizabeth II from each full year of her reign, the photos, compiled by the PA news agency, show the queen through the decades – from a twenty-something sovereign to an experienced head of state in her twilight years.

In the first picture from 1952, the new, gloomy, young queen is dressed in her black mourning suit while giving a royal nod from her car.

She was returning to Clarence House after landing at London airport when she had just returned from Kenya two days after the death of her beloved father George VI.

The new queen, Elizabeth II, returns to Clarence House, London, with the Duke of Edinburgh from London Airport following the sudden death of her father (PA).

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Sixteen months later, she was crowned in her coronation regalia at a deeply religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1953.

Horseback riding on Windsor days at the races and cuddling corgis are just some of the glimpses of the queen behind the scenes.

The Queen sits on a lawn with the Corgis while watching competitors, including the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973 (PA)

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On guard, the monarch is seen in a fur chair and a prom dress for the state opening of parliament in 1964, where he greets silver anniversary celebrations in 1977 and pays homage while in uniform and on horseback to Trooping the Color in 1985.

In 1993, the capable queen, with one eye closed, is pictured firing the final shot at a standard SA 80 rifle during a visit to the Army Rifle Association at the Bisley Ranges.

The Queen fires the last shot on a rifle at Bisley tracks (Tim Ockenden / PA)

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The Queen is preparing to pour her own milk as she joins Glasgow resident Susan McCarron for a cup of tea at her home in Castlemilk in 1999.

A visit to EastEnders’ Queen Vic pub and a front row seat at London Fashion Week are some of the lighter engagements during the monarch’s many years of royal duties.

The Queen sits next to Dame Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week in 2018 (Yui Mok / PA)

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The serious side included meeting with presidents and prime ministers, inspecting honor guards and conducting state ceremonies.

The Queen showed her respect when she laid a wreath at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in 2011, and in 2013 she joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders for a group photo.

The Queen joins The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland for a group photo (Chris Ison / PA)

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For the 2020 picture, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh stand side by side in the sunshine in the square of Windsor Castle.

They were photographed to mark Philips’ 99th birthday.

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor to mark Philips’ 99th birthday (Steven Parsons / PA)

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The couple, who have been married for 73 years, spent the lockdown together at the Berkshire royal residence in HMS Bubble – the nickname for their reduced household of staff.

But within a year, Philip was dead. The Queen sat alone at her funeral in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions in 2021.

The Queen at Philips Funeral Home (Jonathan Brady / PA)

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In one photo, the queen – one of the most photographed women in the world – steps behind the lens.

In 1982, the sovereign took pictures on his gold Rollei camera during his royal visit to the Tuvalu Islands in the South Sea region.

The Queen took pictures in Tuvalu in 1982 (Ron Bell / PA)

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The Queen’s Platinum Anniversary on February 6 will be celebrated in a four-day weekend of national festivities in June.

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