Happy 90th Birthday, Queen Elizabeth! See 15 Vintage Photographs of Her as a Young Royal

Happy 90th Birthday, Queen Elizabeth! See 15 Vintage Photographs of Her as a Young Royal
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Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 years old today, and Britain’s longest reigning monarch has created an incredible legacy. After ascending the throne at the young age of 25, the queen has seen Britain change dramatically during her long reign, but she has remained a constant and powerful presence in the nation.

On top of leading a country, Elizabeth has been the matriarch to her own growing family. Earlier this week, an adorable photograph was released showing four generations of the monarchy (including Prince George in his adorable knee socks) and on Tuesday the palace released another sweet shot that brought the oldest and youngest members of the royal family together. The birthday portrait featured the quee​n with her two youngest grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren—including Prince Geor​ge and Princess Charlotte.

George and Charlotte’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have set the nation abuzz with the stunning photographs from their trip to India and Bhutan (where they celebrated the queen’s birthday just a bit early), but let’s not forget that Queen Elizabeth II was this family’s original style star. From gorgeous floral frocks to her stylish monochromatic looks, this monarch knows how to dress.

While we await Her Majesty’s 90th birthday party, which will take place in May with more than 1,500 partygoers, we rounded up 15 gorgeous vintage photographs of the queen. Keep scrolling to celebrate her milestone birthday with these rare images from her life as a young royal.

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