In 1945, a then-Princess Elizabeth did her part for the war effort when she served as an ambulance driver for the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II.
Queen Elizabeth II made President Ronald Reagan laugh during a state dinner at Windsor Castle in 1982.
In 1992, Queen Elizabeth II gave her now-famous “Annus Horribilis” speech on the 40th anniversary of her succession. During that year, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew ended their marriages, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage imploded in the press and Windsor Castle was extensively damaged in a fire.
A UNITED ROYAL FAMILY
Prince Charles, Princess Kate, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Prince Harry joined Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2016 for the special Trooping the Colour flypast in honor of her 90th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II posed with Prince Philip and their children at her favorite castle — Balmoral — in 1972.
A cheeky young man snapped a selfie with Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2014.
THE WINDSOR WOMEN
(From left) Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II stepped out onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in 2000. Both Margaret and the Queen Mother would pass away two years later.
WOMEN IN POWER
Queen Elizabeth II was joined by Margaret Thatcher in Zambia for the Commonwealth conference in 1979.
THE NEW QUEEN
Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by (from left) Sir Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden and Frederick James Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton and Lord President of the Council, as she arrived from Kenya, where she was on a royal tour when her father King George VI died in 1952.
Princesses Elizabeth (left) and Margaret played with their dogs outside the Royal Lodge in Windsor Castle during a portrait session in 1942.
Queen Elizabeth II posed with Prince Charles and his then-fiancée Lady Diana Spencer at Buckingham Palace in 1981. Several months later, Diana and Charles would be married.
AT THE WHEEL
In 1958, Queen Elizabeth II flashed a smile when she drove herself to a polo match in Windsor.
A then-Princess Elizabeth posed for a portrait in 1928. One of the snaps from this sitting ended up on the cover of TIME that same year.
Queen Elizabeth II took a momeny during the Windsor Horse Show in 1985 to reapply her lipstick.
QUEEN OF STYLE
Queen Elizabeth II looked chic in white when she attended a garden party in Sydney in 1954.
Queen Elizabeth attempted to calm her first grandchild, Peter Phillips, after her started to cry after his christening in 1977. Peter is being held by his mother Princess Anne.
Queen Elizabeth II made Princess Kate laugh during an event in Nottingham, England, in 2012.
MUST LOVE DOGS
Queen Elizabeth II posed with two of her beloved corgis during her annual summer vacation at Balmoral Castle in 1971.
Queen Elizabeth II didn’t break her stride when a guard fainted during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1970. The Queen showed similar calm when a man fired six blanks at her while she rode past during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1981.
Queen Elizabeth II made headlines when she was spotted driving Princess Kate’s mother Carole Middleton during an outing at Balmoral in 2016. The moment signified that the royal family had opened up more to their in-laws after several high-profile divorces.
A ROSE FOR ENGLAND
Queen Elizabeth II recieved a rose from a young mourner outside Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
Queen Elizabeth II exchanged a smile with grandson Prince Harry while inspecting soldiers at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006.
An avid horsewoman, Queen Elizabeth II rode on horseback during a family vacation at Balmoral Castle in 1971.
STIFF UPPER LIP
Queen Elizabeth II kept a straight face during her hilarious entrance during the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her stern expression from this event would later become a meme.
Queen Elizabeth II appeared in high spirits onboard the HMY Britannia in 1972. The yacht, which was beloved by the Queen, was decommisioned by parliamnet in 1997.
Queen Elizabeth II sparkled in diamonds as attended the Opening of Parliament in 2000.
A TIME FOR MOURNING
Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath outside the Dunblane Primary School in Scotland in 1996. The school was the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United Kingdom’s history when a gunman killed 16 children and their teacher before taking his own life.
Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in 1947.
THE BRITISH BULLDOG
Queen Elizabeth II chatted with Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1953. She was joined by a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Queen Elizabeth II fired a SA 80 rifle when she attended the centenary of the Army Rifle Association at Bisley, England, in 1993.
A then-Princess Elizabeth played around with crewmembers aboard the HMS Vanguard during the royal family’s trip to South Africa in 1947.
Queen Elizabeth II posed for a formal portrait after her coronation in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II met with the Spice Girls after a performance in London in 1997.
MOTHER AND SON
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II posed for a portrait together in 2016.
AN HISTORIC ROYAL WEDDING
The Queen posed alongside the royal family on the occassion of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.
A FIRST WITH MEGHAN MARKLE
A CHRISTMAS TRADITION
On Christmas Day 2018, the monarch delivered her annual broadcast to the Commonwealth. Since 1952, the message has been read by Queen Elizabeth.