Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:22:16 PM CDTUpdated On: Sep 09 2015 08:31:06 AM CDT
Queen Elizabeth II reached yet another milestone when she became Britain's longest reigning monarch, breaking Victoria's record of 63 years, seven months and two days on the throne. Take a look at scenes from her life as a princess and queen.
Princess Elizabeth was born April 21, 1926. She was the first daughter of Prince Albert and his wife, Elizabeth, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Princess Elizabeth had one sister, Princess Margaret, who was born in 1930. Here, the sisters are seen with their grandmother, Queen Mary.
Princess Elizabeth poses for a photo in 1943.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with Canadian Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent in 1951.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh take part in a square dance in 1951.
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, at the queen's coronation in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II on a stage at Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker stands behind and to the left.
Prince Charles introduces his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to his school teachers and fellow pupils at Sports Day, Hill House School, West London, summer 1957.
Queen Elizabeth with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959
Queen Elizabeth II in Quebec in 1967.
President Gerald R. Ford and Queen Elizabeth II dance during the State Dinner at the White House on July 17, 1976, in honor of the Queen and Prince Philip's visit to Washington, D.C.
President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush arrive at Buckingham Palace where they are met by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on June 1, 1989.
Tracey Wickham of Australia receives her gold medal from Queen Elizabeth during the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia.
Members of the British Royal Family (including Queen Elizabeth II on the far right) appear with The Queen Mother during celebrations to mark her 101st birthday on Aug. 4, 2001, in London.
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Phillip, Prince William and Prince Charles, leaves for Windsor Castle after the state funeral of the British Queen Mother on April 9, 2002, at Westminster Abbey in London.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh leave Westminster Abbey after a service celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on Nov. 19, 2007, in London, England. Queen Elizabeth is the first reigning British monarch to celebrate a diamond wedding anniversary, which marks 60 years.
Queen Elizabeth addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on July 6, 2010.
Queen Elizabeth visits ground zero on July 6, 2010, to lay a wreath in remembrance of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip travel to Buckingham Palace in a Semi-State Landau, along the Procession Route, after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama receive Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip prior to a dinner in the Queen's honor at Winfield House in London, England, May 25, 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, pose for the official royal photo celebrating the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
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