Her Majesty, The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh greet crowds in Whitefriargate in Kingston upon Hull, England, during celebrations for her Silver Jubilee. 13th July 1977.
The investiture of Prince Charles – first in line to the British throne – as Prince of Wales took place at Caernarfon Castle on the 3rd of July, 1969.
Despite the general popularity of the event, some Welsh people felt the investiture was a sign of the subjugation of Wales. A large protest was held several weeks before, on the 6th of March.
Photograph of the procession by Welsh photojournalist Geoff Charles.
The entire event can be seen in footage from the BBC.
Happy fake birthday to the Queen! We might not get much for being part of the British Commonwealth, but thanks for the long weekend!
The 12th of May, 1937 marked the coronation of King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth. This photograph was taken on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards.
The new Queen’s daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, stands with her. She had turned eleven a couple of weeks before the coronation.
Queen Elizabeth preparing to knight subjects in Aden, Yemen on the 27th of April, 1954. Prince Philip stands to the side.
Eight years later civil war broke out in Yemen. The conflict lasted more than eight years, from 1962 to 1970.
Today is our holiday for the Queen’s “official” birthday (though not her actual birthday). The tradition of celebrating the British monarch’s birthday around summer began with King George II in 1748, largely to ensure fine weather for the occasion.
The Queen in 1959
In this photograph dated the 26th of April, 1988, the massive flagpole is constructed on top of Australia’s new Parliament House in the capital city, Canberra.
The new building was constructed at the time of Australia’s bicentenary, replacing what would become known as Old Parliament House, the white building at the front of the picture.
New Parliament House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 9th of May.
The official opening in 1988.
Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh was photographed in New Brunswick, Canada on the 6th of November, 1951. She walks with Premier John B. McNair.
Elizabeth would become Queen only weeks later, upon the death of her father.
Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, photographed by Marcus Adams on the 1st of November, 1934.
The future Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh were married in Westminster Abbey in London on the 20th of November, 1947. The wedding took place at 11:30am.
British designer Norman Hartnell created the dress, which was bought with ration coupons, as rationing was still in place following the Second World War.