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Queen Elizabeth II in the 1930s, 40s and 50s

Tomorrow Queen Elizabeth II overtakes Queen Victoria as the longest serving monarch in British History.  I was born in the 1970s so she’s always seemed very much an older woman to me, so I thought it might be nice to see some photos of her as a young woman. I particularly love the photos of her around the time she got engaged and married – they made such a good looking couple!

Sadly there are no times and places with these photos, but  you can kind of work out the timeline if you look at some key events in her life: She was born in 1926, worked in the Womens Auxiliary Territorial Service in WW2 as a driver and mechanic during 1944 and 1945, got engaged in July 1947, married in November 1947 and she was then crowned in 1952.

Princesses Elizabeth (right) and Margaret (left) 1930s

Princesses Elizabeth (right) and Margaret (left) 1930s

Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and The Queen Mother

Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother)

 

Princess Elizabeth and an elephant

Princess Elizabeth and an elephant

Princess Elizabeth in uniform during WW2

Princess Elizabeth in uniform during WW2

Princess Elizabeth in uniform during WW2

Princess Elizabeth in uniform during WW2

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Prince Charles was born in 1948

Prince Charles was born in 1948

 

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2 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth II in the 1930s, 40s and 50s

  1. Helene Fallows

    Watched the Elizabeth, Victoria programme last night. Though how impeccable Elizabeth always looks, such beautiful clothes. That lady never seems to put a foot wrong, Funny thing is my mum in law is so similar looking, everyone says it. Will try dig a pic out Mary x

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  2. Rachael

    A lovely selection of photographs. The one on the coronation day makes me laugh – the Queen concentrating on reading the important stuff while Prince Phillip daydreams!

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