Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, breathed her last on Thursday in Balmoral Castle, United Kingdom (UK) at the age of 96.

Have a look at the Queen’s life, in pictures:

1926: The Duke of York, the eventual King George VI and his wife Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, with the future Elizabeth II in a christening robe that has been in the royal family for generations


Sitting on a garden seat with two dogs in 1936. Her love of dogs continued till the very end.

During World War II, Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service at the age of 18 in 1945, with the rank of subaltern. She became the first female royal to join the army. By the time the war ended, she had become a junior commander.

In 1947 she married a distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, who became Duke of Edinburgh. Their marriage lasted 73 years.

1951: Elizabeth and Philip with their two older children Charles and Anne

Elizabeth’s coronation in June 1953, after the death of her father, King George VI.

December 1953: The Queen makes her Christmas broadcast from Government House in Auckland, New Zealand

July 1969: With her eldest son Charles during his investiture as Prince of Wales, at Caernarfon Castle

1972: The royal family at Buckingham Palace.

1978: With Prince Philip as their train departed during a royal visit to Canada

1973: The royal family wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Princess Anne and Capt Mark Phillips.

1977: Queen Elizabeth II poses for a silver jubilee portrait in the throne room of Buckingham Palace

1992: the Queen and a firefighter inspect the damage after a fire at Windsor Castle, damaging more than 100 rooms.

September 1997: The Queen and Prince Philip look at floral tributes outside Buckingham Palace in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales

2011: Queen Elizabeth at Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding day

2016: Queen on her 90th birthday

2018: At the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

2021: Queen at the funeral service of Prince Philip, who died aged 99.

September 8, 2022: Queen appointed the fifteenth prime minister of her reign, Liz Truss.. The picture is one of the last public images of the Queen.