This impressive portrait by Beaton shows the majesty of the event and the youth of a monarch who took the throne far earlier than she ever imagined and who was now at the start of a reign made for the history books
Father and daughter, king and queen in waiting. This black and white image from the late 1920s shows a young Princess Elizabeth of York with her father, then Duke of York. The Queen's close relationship with her parents and sister laid the foundations for a strong, happy life. When this photo was taken neither of them could ever have imagined they would rule and yet within a few years, it was their family that wore the Crown. This is the beginning of a dynasty.
Elizabeth was a wartime princess, growing up in the shadow of the conflict that threatened Europe for so long. When World War Two broke out, her family's decision to stay in London won huge admiration and Princess Elizabeth joined the ATS and played her part. On VE Day she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in one of the most famous photos ever taken of royalty. It remains an enduring image.