Queen Elizabeth: 7 Regal Photos Showing Longest Serving Monarch's Epic Transformation Since Taking Mantle

Queen Elizabeth: 7 Regal Photos Showing Longest Serving Monarch's Epic Transformation Since Taking Mantle

  • Queen Elizabeth rose to the throne in 1953, and she served for 70 years with pride and grace and was revered by world leaders
  • As she took her last breathe on September 8, Legit.ng featured seven photos of the longest serving monarch who passed on at 96
  • Her impact and wisdom in running the nation will be missed by many who saw her as a light to their country

On Thursday, September 8, the royal family announced that Queen Elizabeth II passed on at 96, at Balmoral in Scotland with family around her.

She died today. Photo: Getty Images.
Longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Getty Images.
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Legit.ng featured seven photos of the longest-serving monarch showing her grace and versatility as a world leader and strong woman.

1. Her rise to the throne

The queen took up the mantle in 1953 after a successful coronation ceremony attended by close family and royal officials.

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According to history, the event was held on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey, and the coronation ceremony was the first to be broadcast live on television.

She was coronated in June 1953. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth during her coronation ceremony. Photo: Getty Images.
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2. Her highness' first assignment in Germany

The fallen queen has had a fair share of travelling on duty. Before her husband died, they attended events together, with him letting her take the center stage.

Elizabeth first toured Germany in 1965, accompanied by her late hubby, Prince Philip, by her side.

They were photographed in a military car, and her visit was the first official visit there by a British royal since 1913. It marked the 20th anniversary of world war II, signalling a reunion between the two countries.

The queen and her late hubby. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth and Late Prince Philip in Germany for their first trip as royals. Photo: Getty Images.
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3. She graced her son's wedding like the queen she was

On July 29, 1981, an estimated 750 million people around the world tuned in to watch Prince Charles, Elizabeth’s eldest son, married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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The romance between the heir to the British throne and Diana had attracted massive media attention, and their lavish nuptials were considered the “wedding of the century.”

History further added that while Diana earned the public's adoration, her marriage to Charles (and her relationship with the royal family) was troubled from the beginning.

She had her son's wedding streamed globally. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth during her son's wedding to Princess Diana. Photo: Getty Images.
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4. Global leader

During her tenure, the queen met different leaders across the globe. She played a key role in UK's partnerships and was never shy to invite people she liked to spend the night at her palace.

While in power, Michelle Obama disclosed to have spent the night at Buckingham Palace but declined to divulge more details about the night.

She maintained a solid front when meeting powerful leaders across Europe and the Americas. She also celebrated and mourned those she closely worked with, as she did with former Kenyan president, Mwai Kibaki.

The Queen was a fan of the Obamas. She even hosted Michelle Obama for sleepover. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth and the Obamas at her Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty Images.
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5. Her silver jubilee

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On June 7, 1977, Queen Elizabeth II’s 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne was marked by large-scale parties.

More than a million people lined the streets of London to watch the Gold State Coach travel to St. Paul's cathedral.

The memorable event was featured in the third season of the popular Netflix show, The Crown.

Queen Elizabeth at her silver jubilee procession. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth's silver jubilee. Photo: Getty Images.
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6. Platinum jubilee

In 2022, the queen celebrated 70 years of being on the throne, making her the longest service monarch.

She stood on the balcony while waving at a huge crowd that had gathered to celebrate her being on the throne.

Her son Prince Charles, his wife and her grandson Prince William, his wife and their kids, stood beside her as she looked at the onlooking crowd.

She was accompanied by Kate Middleton and her great grand children. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth during her platinum jubilee celebration. Photo: Getty Images.
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7. Her 96th birthday

The classy lady bowed out at 96. She turned a new year on April 21 and her followers and critics agreed that she had done all that she possibly can to retain the strings of power.

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The Royal Windsor Horse Show released a new photo of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her birthday.

The majestic shot, which was taken last month on the grounds of Windsor Castle, showed the animal-loving Queen standing proudly between her fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale.

She took a photo with her ponies on her 96th birthday. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth on her 96th birthday. Photo: Getty Images.
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Queen's last bow

Earlier, Legit.ng reported Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died on Thursday, September 8.

She was 96. Buckingham Palace announced her death in a short statement, triggering 10 days of national mourning and an outpouring of tributes to her long life and record-breaking reign.

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