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The Queen has been on the throne for 60 years - see a photo collection of the life of our cherished royal leader
The day it all began... The Duke and Duchess of York with their baby daughter Princess Elizabeth
The then (very young) Princess Elizabeth being taken for a walk in the park.
A four year old Princess Elizabeth at the Royal Tournament in London.
Princess Elizabeth looking older than her years, arriving at the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel Smith in Sussex.
Sisters together... Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret in the doorway of the doll's house presented to them by the people of Wales, in the grounds of the Royal Lodge, Windsor.
Princess Elizabeth takes one of her beloved Corgis for a walk in Hyde Park. She was nearly ten years old at this point and her beloved father was still the Duke of York. His brother Edward VIII was on the throne.
Princess Elizabeth riding her new white pony in Windsor Great Park on her 10th Birthday.
Perfecting her royal wave from early on outside Buckingham Palace.
Princess Elizabeth on her 14th Birthday which she celebrated at Windsor.
Princess Elizabeth at 16 years of age. And how did she celebrate? Just something small in the country, as since the war, she had been knitting garments for the poor, contributing funds to purchase cigarettes for the armed forces and attending dances and events for evacuated children. So pretty similar to today then?!
Princess Elizabeth like any other girl guide, ties knots under the watchful eyes of an expert at Buckingham Palace. The white stripes on her pocket show her as Patrol Leader... A leader from the beginning!
Princess Elizabeth with her parents, the then Queen Elizabeth and King George VI.
Princess Elizabeth in the uniform of a Ranger, takes the salute from the "bridge" of the S.S. Sea Scout, during a visit to the Sea Scout exhibition being held in London.
Princess Elizabeth attending a rally of Land Army girls in England as just 'one of the girls'.
Princess Elizabeth posing for a portrait in the grounds of WIndsor.
Princess Elizabeth and Lieut. Philip Mountbatten posing for their engagement pictures at Buckingham Palace.
The bride waving to the crowds... Princess Elizabeth, leaving Buckingham Palace in a coach accompanied by her father, King George VI on the way to Westminster Abbey for her wedding ceremony.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (formerly Lt Philip Mountbatten, RN) on their wedding day as they leave Westminster Abbey after their marriage ceremony.
Baby joy...Princess Elizabeth holds her son Prince Charles after his Christening ceremony in Buckingham Palace
Family Shot...Prince Charles was christened Charles Philip Arthur George in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Also in the picture are King George VI, Princess Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and (standing) the Duke of Edinburgh
Princess Elizabeth smiles broadly as she arrives at the French Embassy in London's Kensington Palace Gardens for a state banquet...check out that sparkly crown!
The front page of the Sunday Graphic newspaper, after the death of King George VI, with a headline "The King the People loved, the Queen who is our Hope"
Her first portrait as Queen. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace after her Coronation.
A Queen in uniform... Queen Elizabeth II wearing her uniform as Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards takes the salute at the gates of Buckingham Palace as the Guards march past on her return from the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, London
The Queen stops to chat to film star Judy Garland as artists taking part in the Royal Variety Performance were presented to her at the London Palladium.
Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and the Queen Mother, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony - held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II at Goodwood races. She had two runners, Deutelle in the Goodwood Cup and Stroma in the Singleton Handicap... although she was proved not to be a 'winner' on this day.
Queen Elizabeth II with her husband The Duke of Edinburgh visiting Schefferville, Quebec, during her tour of Canada.
Third baby joy... The Queen with sons Prince Andrew and baby Prince Edward driving from Euston on return to London from Balmoral.
The Queen with her 'brood' on her birthday... Prince Andrew offers his brother Prince Edward (being carried by Mummy) a daffodil whilst eldest brother Prince Charles looks on at Windsor.
The Queen explains the details of the Trooping of the Colour to her youngest son Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II at Rothes Colliery, Fifeshire, where she made her first descent of a coal mine. She spent half an hour underground... just proving she is 'one of the people'.
Queen Elizabeth II at the garden party in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Women's Services
Family portrait time again... with the corgi and all. Four-year-old Prince Edward and the pet Corgi who seem to be attracting the attention of Queen, whilst something else seems to be attracting the attention of the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew. Also in the picture are Princess Anne (18 in August) and the Prince of Wales, 19
A dazzling smile from the Queen in the Chelmsley Wood shopping centre during her visit to Birmingham
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary
The Queen, Prime Minister Edward Heath and the Duke of Edinburgh (centre, background) in the foyer of the Royal Opera House for a Gala evening.
A Royal occasion state side... Queen Elizabeth II, left, waves from the balcony of the White House, in Washington, as she stands with President Gerald Ford, his wife Betty Ford, the First Lady and the Duke of Edinburgh
Holiday time... Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh as they received a traditional Fijian welcome on board the Royal yacht Britannia on their arrival at Suva.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh after the Queen had declared the new Humber Bridge formally open.
The Queen attends the 1989 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium... a constant flood of diamonds to choose from and flowers received to match your outfit, we wish we could be Queen for a night!
Her Majesty the Queen her mum, The Queen Mother, chat as members of the Royal family watch the days events from the balcony at Epsom, prior to the running of the 219th Derby.
2004 Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh visit Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha (the Sikh Temple) in Hounslow, West London. The Queen was visiting the temple, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, to open a 2.5 million phase of development...
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in a horse and carriage on the island of Sark on at the start of a two day state visit to the Channel Islands
Queen Elizabeth II attends the 50th anniversary of the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap in London. Another perfect occasion of flowers to match her outfit... oh so glamorous!
Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she rides, in the Gold State coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate to her Golden Jubilee. Who can believe this was 10 whole years ago... it just feels like yesterday!
A cracking picture of Queen Elizabeth II and her son, the Prince of Wales attend the Braemar Highland Games... so what do we think tickled their sense of humour?!
Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout to celebrate her 80th birthday in Windsor... such vibrancy and big smiles, we hope we look half that glamorous at 80 years of age!
Such big smiles... Queen Elizabeth II receives a gift given to her during a visit to the home economics department at Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth
... And a royal wave to you Your Majesty on celebrating your 60 years on the throne!