To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, we present a selection of fascinating images charting significant moments in her long life.
One of photography’s most vital uses must surely be the recording of history. For decades, cameras have allowed us to capture events as they happen, and preserve a visual record of them for future generations. This ability to freeze and record time has rarely been more intriguing than when it has allowed us to chart history as it has been seen and experienced through the life of one individual.
Trooping the Colour today marks the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, and this year it is her 90th. We revisit some of the notable moments from her long life through the lenses of a number of photographers.
State Opening of Parliament – Ian Gavan
The Queen returning to Buckingham Palace in a carriage from the Houses of Parliament, following the State Opening in 2009, having unveiled the Government’s legislative programme in a speech delivered from the throne in the House of Lords.
Credit: © Ian Gavan/Getty Images
The Queen and Cecil Beaton – Cecil Beaton
Cecil Beaton’s portrait of the Queen captured for her coronation is an image that has a near-iconic status. Beaton often photographed the royal family for official publications and here we see him capturing a portrait of the Queen to commemorate her visit to Nigeria in 1955.
Credit: © Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The West Indies – Harry Benson Scots-born
Harry Benson is a photographer who throughout his career has captured countless world leaders, politicians and celebrities. Here he has photographed the Royal couple waving goodbye at the conclusion of their tour of the West Indies in 1966.
Credit: © Harry Benson
Her Majesty – book by Reuel Golden and Christopher Warwick
Some of the images on these pages can be found in Her Majesty, the lavishly updated volume by Reuel Golden and Christopher Warwick. The book is published by Taschen and is priced at £27.99.