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On 21 st April, 1926, in the Bruton Street, Mayfair, home of her maternal grandparents, was born the baby girl, H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, who now reigns as Queen Elizabeth II of England. Her father was H.R.H. Duke of York, the second son of King George V, and her mother H.R.H. Duchess of York, now our Queen Mother, was the daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, Laird of Glamis and a direct descendant of an ancient Scottish king. The young princess spent her childhood, first in the seclusion of her parents’ home at White Lodge, Richmond Park and then at Royal Lodge, Windsor, where, with her sister, H.R.H. Princess Margaret Rose, born in 1930, she enjoyed, until the age of nine, the zestful outdoor life of the country, playing with the children of the Park foresters, enjoying many a memorable family picnic and acquiring, at the Royal Stables, that love of horses and horsemanship which she has retained to the present day.

At the age of nine, Princess Elizabeth settled down in London to her education under a Scottish governess and a team of eminent tutors. She evinced a great aptitude for Languages, History and Biblical studies. Up to this time the family had been sheltered from the louder blasts of publicity that attended the Duke’s brother, Edward, H.R.H. Prince of Wales and Heir Apparent to the throne. But in 1936 two grievous experiences visited the Royal House with the result that the attention of the world came to a sudden focus on the family that prized above all its privacy and homeliness. In January of that year King George V passed away, mourned not only in his Court but in every homestead of the world’s greatest empire. King Edward VIII ascended the throne only to abdicate before the year was out in favour of the Duke of York. At the age of eleven Princess Elizabeth moved with her parents into Buckingham Palace and became Heiress Presumptive to the throne. For her parents and for her the joys of quiet family life were at an end. The Princess faced a future of illimitable responsibility, of unerring service, a lifelong future dedicated selflessly to the well-being of the myriads of the Empire’s various subjects.

The Princess’s education now took a fuller and sterner turn. But once again, tragedy intervened to interrupt her tutelage. In 1939 Britain opened hostilities against Germany and for the six years during which the paralysis of war overhung the nation, the King and his family stayed to share their people’s dangers and anxieties and to strive with them for victory. At the age of 18 Princess Elizabeth took her place at the side of the young women of the nation in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

The war over and victory complete, the Princess became more and more prominent in public life and her smiling elegance soon won the hearts of the people not only iq the British Isles but also in the Dominions and in foreign countries. It was at Cape Town, South Africa, that she commemorated her 21st birthday with a memorable broadcast to the Empire, in which she dedicated her life to the service of its peoples. Soon after her return to England, her betrothal to Lt. Philip Mountbatten, R.N., formerly Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, was announced, to be followed by her wedding a few months later. The marriage was consummated by the birth of a son, H.R.H. Prince Charles, in 1948 and a daughter, H.R.H. Princess Anne, in 1950. After the King’s illness in 1948 the tempo of Princess Elizabeth’s public life increased progressively, her programme culminating in the important State Visit to Canada and U.S.A. in 1951 and the Commonwealth Tour early in 1952. It was at the beginning of the latter tour that tragedy came again to beset the Princess. King George VI died peacefully in his sleep in February, 1952 and his 25-year old daughter, stunned with the whole world at the sudden and grievous news, returned hastily to London from Kenya as H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. Her subjects look forward with confidence and pride to the long, happy and glorious Second Age of Elizabeth.

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1927. The year-old Princess poses serenely in her perambulator. In later years, at her express wish, the same perambulator was brought into service for her own son, Prince Charles.

1932. Six-year old Princess Elizabeth and her sister. Princess Margaret, find a sand-heap in the grounds of St. Paul's Waldcnbury, the Hertfordshire home of the Strathmores.

From her childhood days Princess Elizabeth has remained a dog-lover. Here on a visit to Glarnis she is seen intently escorting her favourite Corgi puppy down the station steps.

During a family outing to Regent’s Park Zoo, the keeper introduces the young Princess Elizabeth and her sister to the penguins.

1938. Princess Elizabeth spends her 12th birthday in Windsor Great Park at her favourite sport.


Engrossed in tiie scene beyond the footlights, young Princess Elizabeth has an early taste of the world of the theatre, of which she has always remained fond.

J930. Poise, charm, composure and contentment go to make this striking picture of the ten-year-old Princess, of whom it was said prophetically that she was " born to be a queen."

May, 1937. Following her father’s coronation as King George VI, Princess Elizabeth became Heir Presumptive to the throne. She is seen after the ceremony wearing her coronet and cheerily greeting the bystanders, from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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Princess Elizabeth, an enthusiastic member of the Buckingham Palace Company of Girl Guides in her girlhood days, rose to the rank of Chief Ranger of the British Empire. She is seen here sending a message by pigeon post.

Princess Elizabeth as a Sea Ranger, is seen here admiring a model ship during a visit to the National Sea Scouts’ Exhibition.

War Service, 1941. In overalls and with wheel-brace in hand, 18-year-old Princess Elizabeth applies herself determinedly to her trade as Driver at the Cambcrlcy Depot of the wartime Auxiliary Territorial Service.


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May, 1944. At 18 years, Princess Elizabeth became Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards. She is here inspecting a Guard of Honour while visiting a battalion of her regiment soon after her birthday.

December, 1944. Princess Elizabeth undertakes, at the age of 18, her first important independent public duty— the launching, on Clydeside, of Britain's greatest battleship, H.M.S. "Vanguard.”

V.E. Day, 1945. Princess Elizabeth and her sister join the King and Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to share the jubilation of the people at the news of the surrender of Germany after nearly six years' warfare.

May, 1945. By nature sympathetic towards the young, Princess Elizabeth lingers with the sick babies when she visits the Queen’s Hospital for Children in East London to preside at the Court of Governors.

Slough, June, 1945. An enthusiastic patron of youth organisations, the young Princess, as guest of honour at the Youth Week Outdoor Display, pauses to chat with a group of repatriated prisoners of war.

Sandhurst, October, 1945. After taking the salute at the passing out parade of R.A.C. Officers, Princess Elizabeth inspects the A.T.S. members of the Royal Military College staff.

June, 1946. Princess Elizabeth takes a walk with a few of the girls on the occasion of her visit to the London Orphan School at Dogmersfield Park, near Basingstoke.

1910. Princess Elizabeth (lances at her first Charity Ball, held in the Dorchester Hotel on behalf of Royal and Merchant Navy charities.

Eton, 1946. With her sister Princess Elizabeth enjoys the traditional celebrations of King George Ill’s birthday, the “ Fourth of June," at Eton School.

Mountain Ash, 1946. Garbed in the traditional green robe, Princess Elizabeth is initiated into the Mystic Circle of Welsh Bards at the Welsh National Eisteddfod.

November, 1940. A guest at the Robert Meyer Concert for Children held in Central Hall, Westminster, Princess Elizabeth listens to a rendering of " Morning Song," dedicated to her by the composer, Sir Arnold Bax.

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State Visit to South Africa. 1917. On the quarter-deck of H.M.S. " Vanguard,” bound for Cape Town, Princess Elizabeth with her mother and sister enjoys the breeze while watching the crew at rifle practice. The Royal party covered 19,000 miles in their 13 weeks’ tour, which, for Princess Elizabeth, was her first journey abroad.

State Visit to South Africa. The Royal Family inspect 20,000 warriors of Swaziland, the native Protectorate. The Swazis demonstrated their war dance.

State Visit to South Africa. Princess Elizabeth delivers, from Cape Town, her memorable broadcast speech in which she made her solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening.

Trooping the Colour, June, 1947. One of the best remembered photographs of Princess Elizabeth. Wearing a dark blue tunic, riding habit and peaked cap, she leaves Buckingham Palace with her father to make her first appearance at the famous ceremony held on the sovereign’s official birthday at Horse Guards Parade.

July, 1947. On the day of the announcement of the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, R.N., the happy couple attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

July, 1947. Princess Elizabeth delivering her address at Usher Hall. Edinburgh, after receiving the " Freedom ” of the city.

The Royal Wedding. November. 1917. Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten, R.N., newly created Duke of Edinburgh, take their marriage vows in the impressive setting of Westminster Abbey, before the Archbishop of Canterbury. 13.B.C. broadcasts enabled millions to follow the ceremony.

The Royal Wedding. The Royal Couple return down the Nave hand in hand after the ceremony.

The Royal Wedding. After the Wedding Breakfast at Buckingham Palace the Royal Couple acknowledge the congratulations of the crowds from the balcony



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Royal Wedding Group. The group includes the King and Queen, Queen Mary, the bride’s aunts, the Duchesses of Gloucester and Kent and her uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. Princess Margaret was the chief bridesmaid. Of the bride’s Cousins, Princess Alexandra of Kent was a bridesmaid and Princes William of Gloucester and Michael of Kent were Pages. I he best man, the Marquess of Milford Haven, and the groom’s mother can be seen on either side of Princess Margaret.

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Princess Elizabeth chooses a simpler dress but retains her winning smile for this charming study with her husband.

The Royal Wedding. Princess Elizabeth poses in her fabulous wedding gown of ivory satin garlanded with pearls and crystal and adorned with a lavishly embroidered train of tulle.

The Royal Honeymoon, November, 1947. The Royal Couple choose an open carriage to drive to Waterloo Station en route for Broadlands, where they spent the first part of their honeymoon.

The Royal Honeymoon. Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Romsey Abbey after attending a Church Service during their stay at Broadlands.

April, 19-1$ Princess Elizabeth and her husband in ceremonial rol>es head the procession at Windsor on the occasion of their investment respectively as Lady and Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter.

Coventry, May, 1948. The people of Coventry, who were among the worst sufferers from enemy air raids during the last war, are honoured by the visit of Princess Elizabeth to open Broadgate after its rebuilding.

State Visit to Paris, May, 1948. Undertaking their‘first joint official visit abroad, the Royal Couple arrive in Paris, where, with a speech in fluent French, Princess Elizabeth opens an Exhibition of English Life.

State Visit to Paris. Princess Elizabeth goes backstage during the interval at the Paris Opera House, where proud members of the corps dc ballet are presented to her.

Prince Charles. Princess Elizabeth with her first-born, Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, after his christening at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles, now the Heir Apparent, was born on 14th November, 1948.

Princess Anne. Mother and father console their second child after her christening at Buckingham Palace. Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born on 15th August, 1950.

A charming informal photograph of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh and their children. Prince Charles and Princess Anne, taken in 1951 in the grounds of Clarence House, the family's London residence until the accession

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Liverpool. March, 1949. During a tour of Lancashire memorable for its demonstrations of loyalty, Princess Elizabeth unlocks the door of the new Anglican Cathedral with a key presented by a choirboy.

Manchester, March, 1949. Princess Elizabeth is fascinated by this machine at a factory in the model suburb of Wythenshawe—and the factory girl is thrilled at the Princess's interest.

Leeds, July, 1949. During a tour of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Princess Elizabeth receives a bouquet from a charming little Queen at Roundhay Park.

Stoke-on-Trent, November. 1949. Touring the Potteries, Princess Elizabeth takes a wifely interest in modem domestic pottery exhibits and a personal interest in the basalt bust of herself at eleven years of age.


October, 1949. At the Fontwell Park Meeting, Monaveen, the horse owned jointly by Princess Elizabeth and her mother, scored its first victory, in the Chichester Handicap Steeplechase

Royal Film Show, November. 1949. Resplendent in evening attire, Princess Elizabeth is greeted on her arrival at the Odcon Cinema. Marble Arch, for the annual Royal Film Show.

February. 1951. With a winsome smile to set off her gorgeous attire, Princess Elizabeth is theatre-going again—but. this time it is a “surprise” visit -to the Lyric Theatre

Chiswick, March, 1951. Princess Elizabeth, maintaining the aquatic reputation of her family and husband, is assisted gracefully ashore from a motor-launch after starting the famous Head of the River Race.

Italian Holiday, April, 1951. Italian dignitaries welcome Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh as they alight at Rome Airport to begin an eleven day holiday.

Italian Holiday. Princess Elizabeth breaks her holiday to pay homage -at Anzio British Military .Cemetery to her gallant fellow-countrymen who fell on the beachhead during the last war

Italian Holiday. Princess Elizabeth is invited to a hunt    Italian Holiday. Mother and son have a private reunion

meeting and finds herself very much at home among    inside the air-liner before they emerge for the Princess's

the hounds.    official welcome home from Italy.

Festival of Britain, May, 1951 The Princess is probably reminded of her days in the A.T.S. as she looks at a "ghost" car in the Transport Pavilion during the Royal Family’s tour of the Festival of Britain Exhibition on the South Bank

site, London

May, 1951. Bejewelled and breathtaking, Princess Elizabeth smiles in anticipation of a really "royal" evening as she departs for the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Glasgow, May, 1951. Princess Elizabeth emerges stooping from the "pit cage " to visit the "coal face” when she attends the Exhibition of Industrial Power at Kelvinhall.

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Birmingham. June, 1951. A gift for Princess Anne. Princess Elizabeth takes custody of a walnut doll's wardrobe complete with clothes on the occasion of her official reception at the Council House.

July, 1951. The Princesses arc elegant and interested spectators at the Festival Polo Match between Hurlingham and an Argentine team at Roehampton

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State Visit to Canada, October, 1951. The solemn and impressive scene at the National War Memorial, Ottawa when, early in their crowded five weeks' tour o( the Dominion, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh pay homage before veterans of two wars to Canada’s fallen heroes.

State Visit to Canada. The Royal Couple enjoy the informality of their visit to Calgary. Alberta, where a traditional western rodeo was staged for them. The Duke sports a local ten-gallon hat and a Hudson's* Bay blanket shelters the

Royal Couple from the 17 degrees of frost.

State Visit to Canada. Princess Elizabeth poses for Dominion camera men, superb in her exquisite evening gown, tiara and jewels and the blue sash of the Order of the Garter.

State Visit to Canada. A diploma and a handshake from the Princess. The beatific expression on the Boy Scout's face felicitously registers the signal honour of the occasion.

State Visit to Canada. In this sleek, sky-blue convertible the Royal Couple acknowledge the welcome of 1 £ million citizens thronging their 7o-milc route through the streets of Montreal.

State Visit to Canada. The local children are all at the station to meet the Royal Couple. At the Princess’s express wish, children were afforded special viewing facilities throughout the tour.

State Visit to Washington, U.S.A., November, 1951. History is made as U.S. President Truman and Princess Elizabeth, representing the two great English-speaking nations, shake hands at Washington. The Royal Couple broke their Canadian Tour to spend two honoured days in Washington as guests of the President and his wife.

State Visit to Washington. Commemorating a memorable occasion in the diplomatic world, this group of the Royal Couple and Commonwealth ambassadors to the U.S. A. was taken at the Canadian Embassy, Washington, where Princess Elizabeth was hostess to President and Mrs. Truman and the diplomats.

November, 1951. Mother and son meet again on Euston Station. The Royal Couple returned from Canada on the liner " Empress of Scotland " and disembarked at Liverpool.

November, 1951. The Royal Sisters are the closest of friends. They are seen parting after the welcome home luncheon given at the Guildhall, London, to the Royal Couple on their return from Canada.

State Visit to Kenya. February. 1952. Princess Elizabeth stoops to coax a bouquet from " Prince *’ Salim, bom on the same day as Prince Charles, on her arrival at Nairobi on the first stage of a Commonwealth Tour.

State Visit to Kenya. Princess Elizabeth, looking cool in a spotted silk suit, takes the royal salute as the R.A.F. marches past at the Eastleigh Airfield, Nairobi.

State Visit to Kenya. At Nyeri, near Mount Kenya, Princess Elizabeth unlocks the door of Sagana Lodge, the wedding present of the people of Kenya to the Royal Couple.

State Visit to Kenya. The last photograph of the Princess Elizabeth, taken on the eve of the King’s death, at Nyeri, where her husband took part in a polo match.

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February, 1952. Queen Elizabeth 11. Bowed and solemn, Britain's leading statesmen attend the sad return of Queen Elizabeth II from Kenya, the day after the King’s death.

The Proclamation, February, 1952. Ancient ceremonial stirs throughout the kingdom as Kings of Arms, Heralds, Pursuivants, Lord Mayors and Mayors prepare to proclaim Queen Elizabeth II.

The Proclamation. The scene at the Royal Exchange, one of the four historic London sites where the Proclamation was read. In front of dense crowds the ritual proceeds, to wind up with three cheers for the Queen, who followed the day's ceremonies on the television screen at Clarence House.

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February, 1952. The Proclamation ceremonies ended, the bereaved Queen, with a wan smile and a salute for the bystanders, leaves Clarence House with her husband for Sandringham where the Queen Mother waits.

February, 1952 Veiled and sorrowing, the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret follow the horse-drawn gun-carriage bearing the late King’s coffin from Sandringham to Wolferlon Station cn route for the Lying-in-State at

Westminster Hall.

George Vi's Funeral, February, 1952. Three grief-stricken Queens, grandmother, mother and daughter, stand in silent tribute as the beloved son, husband and father goes to rest.

The Court remained in mourning until tlie end of May, Here the Queen is seen in black arriving at Marlborough House to congratulate the Dowager Queen Mary on her 85th birthday.

Maundy Thursday, 1952. The Royal Round begins. Queen Elizabeth II carries out the first public engagement of her reign when at Westminster Abbey she distributes the traditional Maundy Pence to 2G aged people—one for each year of

her age.

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April, 1952. The Queen, still in mourning, takes her first break since her accession. At the Olympic Horse Trials at Badminton, a Royal Party watches the water-jump from a grandstand improvised from a farm waggon. The Duke of Edinburgh is seen with the binoculars at the extreme left.

British Industries Fair. May, 1952. The Queen inherits her father's interest in the industrial life of the nation. Leading a Royal Party round the B.I.F. at Olympia, she pauses for a moment's amusement at a stand exhibiting small toys.

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Trooping the Colour, Juno, 1952. The Ouccn’s most splendid moment. Magnificent in the scarlet and gold of the Grenadier Guards and riding side-saddle with a grace unmatched among horsewomen. Queen Elizabeth II salutes as she leaves Buckingham Palace to lead, for the first time in her own right, the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade.

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Royal Ascot, June, 1952. A thrill runs through Royal Ascot as the young Queen arrives, with the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Gloucester, at the Golden Gate on the second day of the first meeting in the new reign at the

famous racecourse.

The Royal Show, July, 1952. The Queen wears a happy laugh in the congenial surroundings of the 1952 Royal Agricultural Show, held at Newton Abbot.

July, 1952. At the first Royal Garden Party of her reign, held in the Buckingham Palace Grounds, the youthful Queen makes an elegant and consummate hostess.

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Happy and glorious. As, in her becoming Guards uniform, she Waves a friendly greeting to her people from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth II, Queen of a few months, radiates all the promise of a long and memorable reign.


made by H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth in her Twenty-first Birthday Broadcast to the British Empire from Cape Town, Union of South Africa, on 21st April, 1947.

“ I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our Great Imperial Family to which we all belong . . .

God help me to make good my vow and God bless all of you who are zoilling to share in it.”



8th February, 1952, to the Accession Council.

Your Royal Highnesses, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen: By the sudden death of my father I am called to assume the duties and responsibility of sovereignty. At this time of deep sorrow it is a profound consolation to me to be assured of the sympathy which you and all my peoples feel towards me, to my mother, and my sister, and to the other members of my family.

My father was our revered and beloved head, as he was of the wider family of his subjects: the grief which his loss brings is shared among us all.

My heart is too full for me to say more to you to-day than that I shall always work, as my father did throughout his reign, to uphold constitutional government and to advance the happiness and prosperity of my peoples, spread as they are all the world over.

I know that in my resolve to follow his shining example of service and devotion I shall be inspired by the loyalty and affection of those whose Queen I have been called to be, and by the counsel of their elected Parliaments.

I pray that God will help me to discharge worthily this heavy task that has been laid upon me so early in my life.”

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