The Royals

Elizabeth's Early Life in Pictures

Look back at the fairy-tale princess's charmed life before she became Her Majesty, the Queen


Elizabeth poses in a glamorous evening gown and diamonds in the year she became monarch in a portrait by Dorothy Wilding, who had photographed the royal family since the late 1920s. Wilding eventually became the official photographer of the royal couple at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and her photos were used to make Britain's official postage stamps.