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


In full regalia and holding the scepter and orb that signify the monarch's dominion over her kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II poses for an official portrait in 1953. Elizabeth had learned of her father's death – and that she was suddenly now queen – while on a public tour of Kenya on Feb. 6, 1952. Her official coronation, however, took place on June 2, 1953.