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18 photos telling the story of the Queen’s life before the throne

Elizabeth married Prince Philip while still a princess, in late 1947. Their long-sustaining love and admiration for each other is captured perfectly in this image of the newlyweds. 

Holding her first child, Prince Charles, December 1948

TOPSHOT – Picture taken on December 15, 1948 showing the future Queen Elizabeth II of England and her son Prince Charles. (Photo by INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP) (Photo by -/INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP via Getty Images)-/Getty Images

Elizabeth became a mother for the first time at the age of 22, while she was still a princess, and four years before she became a monarch. Prince Charles was to be the first of her four children, and would one day succeed his mother to the throne.

Family life, July 1942

8th July 1946: King George VI (1895 – 1952) with his wife Queen Elizabeth and their daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret (1930 – 2002) at Royal Lodge in Windsor. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Lisa Sheridan/Getty Images

A wonderful scene – Elizabeth loved to spend quality time at Windsor’s Royal Lodge with her father King George, mother Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret, along with her trusty corgi with her side.

Family walks in Sandringham Park, July 1943

The Queen (later the Queen Mother, 1900 – 2002) leads her family on a tour of Sandringham Park, which has been turned over to agricultural production in aid of the war effort, August 1943. With the queen are (left to right): King George VI (1895 – 1952) and princesses Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret (1930 – 2002). (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Keystone/Getty Images

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