February 12, 2017

30 Rare and Stunning Vintage Photos of a Young Queen Elizabeth II in the 1940s and 1950s

Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London, England. At the time of her birth, most did not realize Elizabeth would someday become queen of Great Britain. Her father, Prince Albert, was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. Elizabeth got to enjoy the first decade of her life with all the privileges of being a royal without the pressures of being the heir apparent.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She celebrated 65 years on the throne in February 2017 with her Sapphire Jubilee. Below is a collection of 30 stunning photos of a young Queen Elizabeth II in the 1940s and 1950s.

(Images via LIFE archives)


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