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British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II turns 95 today… Historical photos of her life and times so far

 Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI. at the age of 25

She became the longest-reigning living monarch on 13 October 2016, upon the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

During Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign, there have been 12 British Prime Ministers, seven Roman Catholic popes and she has met 12 out of the last 13 US presidents.

 The Queen is the last surviving head of state to have served during the Second World War, and in 1981 survived an assassination attempt. 

Here are some historical photos detailing moments of her life as she turns 95 today April 21.

On April 21, 1926, the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) welcomed their daughter Elizabeth Alexandra Mary to the world.  Shortly after, the family was photographed with baby Elizabeth cloaked in a christening robe that had been in the royal family for generations


 

Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today

On October 13, 1940, Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast, joined by sister Margaret, with a scripted message for youngsters living abroad
 

Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today

Elizabeth on her 21st birthday in Cape Town, making the broadcast in which she pledged a lifetime of service

Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today

Elizabeth with Prince Philip on their honeymoon at the Broad lands estate, Hampshire, in 1947

Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today

Despite her father’s ill health, Elizabeth and Philip embarked on a North American tour and met with President Harry Truman

Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today

The birth of Prince Charles on November 14, 1948

more photos below.

Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today
Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today
Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today
Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today
Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today
Historical photos of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 95 today



a meeting with the great late Mandela during one of the queen’s birthday

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