Beautiful and domineering: 22 rare photographs of Queen Elizabeth II in her youth
Beautiful and domineering: 22 rare photographs of Queen Elizabeth II in her youth
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Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has ruled the longest of her predecessors. She came to the throne at the age of 27, and although many believed that this post was not for a fragile girl, she proved that they were wrong. This is what the queen looked like and did as a child and at the dawn of her reign.

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Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret with their mother Elizabeth, 1936. Many years later, the queen made a choice in favor of the corgi breed.

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Young princesses at Waterloo tube station in London. During the war, they lived at Balmoral Estate in Scotland and later at Sandringham in Norfolk.

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Elizabeth II and other stars who met when they were young

Queen Elizabeth first met the man of her life in 1934. Eight-year-old Lilibet, as her parents affectionately called the monarch, was a guest at the wedding of the Greek princess Marina at Westminster Abbey. The celebration was also attended by 13-year-old Philip. It was just a formal acquaintance.

In 1947, the sisters closely followed the developments at the racetrack during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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In the same year, Elizabeth became engaged to Prince Philip, and then they got married.

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In 1948, the princesses attended the unveiling of the Franklin Roosevelt memorial. A few months later, Elizabeth's first child, Prince Charles, was born.

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And in 1950, the future queen gave birth to a daughter, who was named Anna.

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After Anna's baptism, Princess Elizabeth was photographed with her sister and mother for the story.

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A rare moment: Elizabeth wipes her daughter's mouth while walking.

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Elizabeth and Philip with a smile listen to the speech of US President Harry Truman.

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The future queen and her husband inspect the public archives in Ottawa, Canada, 1951.

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Elizabeth and Philip at a hockey game in Montreal, 1951.

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The future queen attended the University of Halifax, Canada, 1951.

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Princess Elizabeth with Winston Churchill, 1951

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After the coronation, Elizabeth and Philip embarked on a long journey through 13 countries. In the photo - Elizabeth II on the balcony of the government house in Melbourne, 1953. She became the first queen in history to visit Australia.

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The Queen welcomes Australian troops to Tasmania.

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South Australian Prime Minister Thomas Playford greets the Queen and her husband, 1953.

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The Queen disembarks from the ship at Westminster Pier in London, 1954.

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Elizabeth II meets actress Claire Bloom and producer Alexander Korda, 1954.

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The Queen and Princess Margaret on the Horse Race, 1955.

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Elizabeth II inspects troops in Nigeria, 1956.

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The Queen presents the Wimbledon Cup to Altea Gibson, the first ever black tennis winner.

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The Queen with her youngest children, Princes Edward and Andrew, drives a car to one of her estates, 1964.

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