The Queen’s 90th Birthday, a life in pictures

 This week Her Majesty, The Queen will celebrate her 90th Birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, we have gathered some of our favourite images throughout her lifetime, along with some of our favourite quotes.

 The Queen Aged Two

1928: Princess Elizabeth, aged two. Photo: Marcus Adams/Camera Press

 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

1947: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham palace on their wedding day. Photo: Getty Images

Official Portrait at her Corination

1953: The Queen, after being crowned at Westminster Abbey. Photo: Camera Press/ Cecil Beaton

The Queen At Her Desk

1959: The Queen working at her Desk. Photo: PA

The Queen Portrait

1966: An iconic profile shot of The Queen, taken by John Hedgecoe. 

Queen Elizabeth presents Bobby Moore with the World Cup

1966: Queen Elizabeth presents England football captain, Bobby Moore with the World Cup. Photo: AP

The Queen on board HMY Brittania

1972: The Queen enjoying herself on board HMY Brittania. Photo: Patrick Lichfield

The Queen and Her Family

1985: The Royal Family

The Queen fires a rifle at NSC

1993: The Queen fires a rifle at the National Shooting Centre. Photo: Rex Features

The Queen on her 80th Birthday

2006: The Queen enjoying some of her birthday cards she recieved, on her 80th birthday. Photo: PA

The Queen with Duke of Edinburgh celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary

2007: The Queen with Duke of Edinburgh celebrating their diamond wedding anniversar. Photo: PA

Kate and Williams wedding day

2011: The Queen and her family pose in Throne Room at Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Photo: PA

The Queen at the Elizabeth Line

2016: The Queen visiting the Crossrail

The Queen’s most iconic quotes

On Serving the Nation:

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong” (speech on her 21st birthday, 1947)

On grief:

“Grief is the price we pay for love” (message to the people of New York, 2001)

On leadership:

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”

On the nation’s history:

“The upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.”

On perseverance:

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future”

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