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 queen with her two youngest grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren—including Prince George 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.
The queen is a bouncing baby girl in this adorable photograph taken just a year after her birth.
Queen Elizabeth II has a full head of curls in this sweet portrait as a three-year-old.
The royal is seriously stylish on a visit to the Royal Tournament at Olympia.
The monarch has always loved corgis! Elizabeth poses with two of her dogs at home in London.
An avid animal lover, the royal poses with a horse at Windsor on her 13th birthday.
The teenage royal looks polished in this portrait at home at Windsor Castle in a belted dress and pearls.
Elizabeth is pictured in her pantomime costume during a production of Aladdin at Windsor Castle.
The 20-year-old royal poses with her sister, Princess Margaret, in the gardens at the Royal Lodge.
The queen looks so in love in this engagement portrait from 1947 with her future husband, Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh.
This gorgeous photograph was taken just moments after the couple was wed in Westminster Abbey.
The monarch poses with her son, Prince Charles, after his christening ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
In this adorable photo of the royal family, the queen poses with her oldest children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles.
The queen poses with her husband Philip and adorable children in a 1952 family portrait.
Queen Elizabeth II poses for a royal portrait in Buckingham Palace's drawing room in a pale pink tulle gown.
The 29-year-old monarch looks poised and powerful in this stunning photograph taken two years after her coronation.