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Queen Elizabeth is marking a special anniversary — her stunning first portraits as monarch.

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After Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne, there was plenty of royal business to attend to. That included her first portraits as the monarch.


Her Majesty posed in the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. The Ireland tiara is one of her favourite sparkler, she still wears today.

The Queen posed for photographer, Dorothy Wilding twenty days after her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952. This made her the new Queen. The images, in which Her Majesty poses in regal jewels, were used as the basis for the monarch’s image on stamps from 1953 to 1971. 

Her first portrait as reigning monarch is the one that stands out the most.

The black and white picture shared by the Royal Collection Trust to mark its 67th anniversary on Tuesday, shows Queen Elizabeth giving a hint of a smile as she wears pearl earrings and Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. 

Also read: The Queen Opens Up About Her Coronation For The First Time In New Documentary.



Known as the Accession Day, Her Majesty normally spends February 6 in quiet, sombre reflection at Sandringham House. As this day also marks the death of her beloved father. Around the time, she often takes part in a low-key engagement close to her estate in Norfolk.

What happens next?

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Soon after the date passes, she traditionally heads south to London and Windsor Castle. That is, for a fuller set of public and behind-closed-doors work. Those engagements precisely include audiences with diplomats and meetings with the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. 

In her first speech to the Accession Council, she said: “By the sudden death of my dear father, I am called to assume the duties and responsibilities of the sovereignty. My heart is too full for me to say more to you today. I shall always work as my father did throughout his reign”. 

In June 1953, several months after her father’s death, Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey!

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