44 Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth Through the Years

One thing is clear: The woman loved 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)

Queen Elizabeth II, whose illustrious seven-decade reign was the longest in British history, has died at the age of 96. The Queen officially reached the milestone as Britain's longest-ruling monarch in September 2015 when she surpassed her great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record rule of 63 years. In honor of the momentous occasion, the royal family presented an exhibit of photos at The Royal Collection Trust (opens in new tab) of the then-89-year-old Queen to commemorate her reign. Now, we're doing the same to honor her memory. Ahead, take a walk down memory lane and see how a young Elizabeth made her mark from the start.