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The exhibition

2012 marks the Diamond Jubilee of the accession to the throne of Princess Elizabeth, on the death of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952. Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to have achieved this anniversary. Her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (r.1837 – 1901) celebrated her own Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

This exhibition celebrates Her Majesty’s 60 years as Sovereign, from the early years of her reign in the 1950s to the present day, through a wide-ranging selection of images, illustrating both key events in her remarkable life and more informal family occasions. The majority of the photographs shown here have been generously presented by the photographers or agencies concerned, specifically for this display. Photographs of The Queen at Windsor are displayed in the centre of the gallery.

These images present us with a portrait of The Queen, one of the most photographed women in the world, as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and Head of State, both at home in the United Kingdom and during some of her many travels around the British Commonwealth and the world at large.

Ronald Case (d. 2008)

Three Queens in Mourning

Ernest Richard Arnold (1913-77)

The Royal Train departs

Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904-80)

Royal Family Group

Tim Graham (b. 1948)

Trooping the Colour

Reginald Davis (b. 1925)

The Queen at the Hyde Park Hotel

John Scott (active 1968)

Badminton Horse Trials

Reginald Davis (b. 1925)

State Visit to Mexico

Elizabeth Vickers (b. 1963)

Garter Day at Windsor Castle

Michael Dunlea (b. 1954)

The Queen visits Larkhill

Arthur Edwards (b. 1940)

State Visit to India

Kenneth Mason (1930-2006)

The Queen attends the Epsom Derby

John Lawrence (b. 1961)

The Queen visits RAF Benson

David Wimsett (b. 1959)

The Flypast

Helen Smith (b. 1965)

A happy reunion

Arthur Edwards (b. 1940)

The Queen with Pope John Paul II

Fiona Hanson (b. 1959)

The Queen's Eightieth Birthday

Christopher Furlong (b. 1963)

The Queen visits RAF Valley

Leon Neal (b. 1976)

Lady Gaga meets The Queen

Eva Zielinska-Millar (b. 1948)

Three Generations of Royal Horsewomen

James Reid (1905-1974)

The Royal Family at Balmoral