Happy Birthday to You !!!
Her Majesty turned 91 on April 21! In honor of this event I dedicate a selection (mostly black and white) of retro-photographs of Elizabeth II,
In Britain, the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated on Friday. On the occasion of the celebration at Buckingham Palace, the Irish Guard Orchestra performed the composition “Happy Birthday”. In addition, in honor of the holiday on the territory of London's Hyde Park, near Windsor Castle and the Tower there was a cannon salute. As for the queen herself, she traditionally celebrates her birthday at home. Despite the venerable age, Elizabeth continues to perform her official duties, although some of them transferred to other members of the Windsor family — the son of Prince Charles and grandchildren, Princes William and Harry.
April 21, 1926 was born the eldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York (future King George V) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Princess Elizabeth Alexander Maria. Today, the whole world knows her as Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain. Ascended to the throne in 1952, today Elizabeth is the longest-running monarch in the entire history of Great Britain.It is difficult, it is simply impossible to believe, looking at her children's photos, that today this girl is already 91 years old!
Elizabeth - the baby, 1926.
Royal childhood, June 1927.
The Duke and Duchess of York and their daughter, Princess Elizabeth, in June 1927.
Albert, Duke of York and his daughter Princess Elizabeth in July 1929.
With penguins. Elizabeth in the London Zoo on June 30, 1938.
Princess on a walk, 1930.
At the wedding of Lady May of Cambridge and Henry Abel Smith, 1931.
The first official outlets, 1932.
Princess Elizabeth with her pet, July 1936.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Coronation Day with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, 1937.
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the coronation of the father of Elizabeth, King George V, 1937.
Queen Elizabeth in the park of Buckingham Palace, 1939.
Princess Elizabeth with a horse in Windsor on her 13th birthday. April 21, 1939. Photo by Topical Press Agency / Getty Images.
Elizabeth in April 1940.
Princess Elizabeth takes part in the children's hour radio program, addressing the children of Great Britain who were evacuated to the USA, Canada and other countries since the beginning of the war, 1940.
In 16 years in military uniform.
The future queen participates in a military parade, 1947.
Elizabeth with father George VI.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before the wedding, 1947. Photo by hulton / Getty.
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and her husband, Philip Mountbatten, view their wedding photos on their honeymoon in Romsley (Hampshire), November 1947. Photo by Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images.
Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh after the wedding ceremony, November 20, 1947. Photo by Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, November 20, 1947.
Elizabeth, Princess of Great Britain, who became Queen Elizabeth II, rests in Natal National Park (South Africa), on her 21st birthday, April 21, 1947.
Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles after his baptism at Buckingham Palace, December 15, 1948. Photo by Topical Press Agency / Getty Images.
Elizabeth and Charles, 1948.
Princess Elizabeth in a silver dress with a diamond diadem and a pearl necklace, April 1949.
Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband, Prince Philip, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anna at Clarence House, the royal couple's residence in London in August 1951.
The Duke of Edinburgh is dancing with his wife, Princess Elizabeth. Ottawa, October 17, 1951. The dance was one of the events during their Canadian tour.Photo by Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II at the parade in Central London, June 7, 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II. 1952 Photo © Keystone Pictures USA Global Look Pres.
Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the time of the coronation, 1953
Over the long period of her reign, Elizabeth II entered world history as a sign personality of the XX – XXI centuries.
Coronation of Elizabeth II, June 2, 1953.
The Queen returns to Buckingham Palace after the coronation, June 2, 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II on her way to Westminster to preside over the opening ceremony of parliament after her accession to the throne, November 4, 1952.
Elizabeth II after the coronation in 1953.
Queen with her six maid of honor.
Queen Elizabeth II on the set of the arrival of the ship. World tour during the coronation. On the left is Prince Philip. December 11, 1953. Photo hulton / getty.
27-year-old Princess Elizabeth, June 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip after the coronation of the Queen in Buckingham Palace on June 2, 1953.
Elizabeth II and Philip, 1953.
With Prince Philip, January 1, 1954.
Sir Walter Jackson Cooper and Queen Elizabeth II, 1954.
The Queen during her first visit to Australia in 1954.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1954.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Edinburgh, 1954.
Queen Elizabeth in Aden in 1954 during an official visit to the Aden colony (Jordan).
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Odeon Cinema, October 31, 1955. Photo: Monty Fresco / Getty Images.
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Stockholm, 1956
Queen Elizabeth II meets with Marilyn Monroe, October 29, 1956. Photo by Keystone / Getty Images.
March 23, 1957. Photo AP / Baron.
Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh and children, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, March 1960.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their children, Prince Andrew (center), Princess Anne (left) and Charles, Prince of Wales near the castle of Balmoral in Scotland. Queen Victoria's husband acquired the Balmoral Castle in 1846. Queen Victoria often visited Scotland with her family, especially after the death of her husband in 1861, and Balmoral is still the favorite resting place of the royal family. September 9, 1960 .. Photo by Keystone-France \ Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
Queen in Germany, 1965
Elizabeth II arrives at the London railway station with her 4 corgi dogs on October 15, 1969.
Queen Elizabeth II visits Norway, August 1, 1969.
Queen Elizabeth opens the Sydney Opera House, October 20, 1973. Photographer Jack Hickson.
Elizabeth II with Prince Charles after the Grand Master of the Bath Order was presented to him on May 28, 1975, in Westminster Abbey.
Elizabeth II and Philip.
The Queen in 2001.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the Golden Carriage leave Buckingham Palace for St. Paul’s Cathedral, celebrating the Golden Jubilee on June 4, 2002.
The Prince of Wales and his new bride, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their families in the White Lounge at Windsor Castle after the wedding ceremony on April 9, 2005. Prince Harry, Prince William, Tom and Laura Parker Bowles, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla's father, Major Bruce Shand.
Prince Harry smiles broadly when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, examines the military during a parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in Surrey, in April 2006.
A portrait taken during the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Queen, February 2006, the snapshot is one of the 60 photographs included in the exhibition of drawings in the Gallery of Windsor Castle.
US President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the White House Grand Foyer at a state dinner in Washington, May 7, 2007.
Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in central London from Parliament on November 18, 2009.