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.
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.
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.