45 Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth Through the Years

One thing is clear: The woman loves her corgis.

30th may 1944 queen elizabeth ii as princess elizabeth writing at her desk in windsor castle, berkshire photo by lisa sheridanstudio lisagetty images
(Image credit: Getty Images/Lisa Sheridan)

In September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-ruling monarch in Great Britain's history, surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record rule of 63 years. To celebrate, the royal family presented an exhibit of photos at The Royal Collection Trust of the then-89-year-old Queen to commemorate her reign. Now, we're doing the same in honor of her upcoming 94th birthday. Ahead, take a walk down memory lane and see how a young Elizabeth made her mark from the start.

Sara Holzman
Sara Holzman

Sara Holzman is the Style Editor at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to.