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A photo montage of images of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II: A life in pictures

Above: A photo montage of pictures of Queen Elizabeth II. Specific image licence details for each image, can be found further down this webpage.

In 2016, the Radio Times described Queen Elizabeth II as 'the most photographed woman in the world'. Unlike those who ruled before her, the Queen reigned in an era where cameras became commonplace. Indeed, by the end of her reign, almost every one of her subjects would carry around a camera in their mobile phones.

Sky HISTORY reflects on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, through the photographs that capture her years of service.

Queen Elizabeth in 1953

Above: 28th December 1953 - A young Queen Elizabeth II during the Royal Tour of New Zealand state visit of 1953 / 1954.

Above Image Credit: The image is sourced from Communicate New Zealand - National Archives - CNZ Collection. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Queen Elizabeth in 1970

Above: 1970 - Queen Elizabeth II, visiting Townsville. It was during this tour of Australia and New Zealand that the Queen broke centuries of tradition and introduced the 'Royal walkabout', a practice where members of the Royal Family stop and talk to crowds that gather in the street. The 'Royal walkabout' was a practice that continued for the rest of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

Above Image Credit: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license.

Queen Elizabeth in 1977

Above: 26th February 1977 - Queen Elizabeth II meeting Brian Elwood, mayor of Palmerston North, during a royal walkabout in The Square. This meeting formed a part of Queen Elizabeth II's New Zealand state tour of 1977.

Above Image Credit: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. By Attribution Alone, Palmerston North City Library.

Queen Elizabeth II in 1988

Above: 30th April 1988 - Queen Elizabeth II opening World Expo 88, in Brisbane, Australia. The theme of the event was "Leisure in the Age of Technology" and the expo attracted over 15,760,000 visitors from around the world.

Above Image Credit: Queensland State Archives, Item ID ITM1471704, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opening Expo 88, Brisbane. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Queen Elizabeth II in 1992

Above: June / July 1992 - Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa during a state visit to Canada in 1992, to celebrate both the 125th anniversary of Canada and her 40th year on the throne.

Above Image Credit: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Queen Elizabeth II in November 2004

Above: 2nd November 2004 - Queen Elizabeth II travelling in her car during a state visit in Berlin, Germany.

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Queen Elizabeth II in May 2007

Above: 4th May 2007 - Queen Elizabeth II and Vice President Dick Cheney observe a ceremony at James Fort, Jamestown Settlement, Virginia, USA as part of the Queen's state visit to the USA from the 3rd - 8th May 2007.

Above Image Credit: Joseph Sohm /

A photograph of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II travelling by carriage during the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Above: 16th June 2007 - Queen Elizabeth II travels by carriage, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Above Image Credit: Alessia Pierdomenico /

A photograph of Queen Elizabeth II smiling during a visit in London in 2008

Above: 14th March 2008 - Queen Elizabeth II smiles, after officially opening the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. She also opened Heathrow's first terminal back in 1955.

Above Image Credit: Alessia Pierdomenico /

Queen Elizabeth in 2009 meeting Barack and Michelle Obama

Above: 1st April 2009 - Queen Elizabeth II meeting Barack and Michelle Obama during their UK state visit. It was during this meeting that Barack Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod as a gift. The iPod was said to contain music including Broadway tunes and a songbook for 'The King and I'.

Above Image Credit: P040109PS-0691_1 The Official White House Photostream | Author: Pete Souza | Copyright Holder: The Official White House Photostream

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh in June 2012

Above: 16th June 2012 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stand on the Buckingham Palace Balcony after attending the Trooping Of The Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London, UK.

Above Image Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

Queen Elizabeth in 2014

Above: 18th November 2014 - Queen Elizabeth II formally launched the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. Former British Prime Minister John Major can be seen in the background of this photograph.

Above Image Credit: Chatham House | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Queen Elizabeth II in June, 2017

Above: 22nd June 2017 - Queen Elizabeth II heads to Royal Ascot in a landau carriage, as part of the daily procession for the popular horse-racing event.

Above Image Credit: Chris Allan /

Queen Elizabeth II in September 2018

Above: 6th September 2018 - Queen Elizabeth II rides to the Trooping of the Colour, in a horse-drawn carriage.

Above Image Credit: John Hitchins /

Queen Elizabeth II on the 24th May, 2019

Above: 24th May 2019 - Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Covent Garden in London to visit a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's supermarkets, to celebrate Sainsbury's 150th anniversary.

Above Image Credit: Fred Duval /

Queen Elizabeth II in 2021

Above: 22nd May 2021 - Queen Elizabeth II meets marines and sailors aboard the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest vessel in the Royal Navy fleet.

Above Image Credit: | This file is licensed under the United Kingdom Open Government Licence v3.0 | Author: Royal Navy