19 Official Portraits of the British Royal Family
Travel back in time and witness the change of history with these incredible official portraits of the British royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 1953
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At a young 25 years old, Princess Elizabeth took the throne and became Queen Elizabeth II. Find out 30 little-known facts about this historical day.
The silver anniversary, 1972
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with their children: (from left to right) Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne. Oh, and don’t forget the family dog, too. Can you find him? You’d never believe the real reason why the Queen has owned so many corgis.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, 1981
Prince Charles, the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981.
Duke and Duchess of York, 1986
Prince Andrew, the third child of the Queen, married Sarah Ferguson in 1986 but they divorced 20 years later. Need a refresher on who’s who in the House of Windsor? This royal family tree explains it all.
The Queen Mother turns 90, 1990
The Queen Mother seated with her daughter Princess Margaret, grandson Prince Andrew, and granddaughter Princess Anne. The Queen Mother lived to be 100, the only royal family member to live that long.
Princess Anne marries Timothy Laurence, 1992
Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter, Princess Anne, married Timothy Laurence (her second husband) in Scotland because the Church of Scotland allows remarriages for divorced people. Though Timothy has no official royal title, the Queen knighted him in 2011. Here 9 other things the Queen actually has the power to do.
Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles, 2005
The official portrait of Prince Charles and his second bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on their wedding day. On the left: Charles’ children, Prince Harry and Prince William, and Charles’ parents, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II. On the right: Camilla’s children, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, and her father, Major Bruce Shand.
Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle, 2018
Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s youngest son, makes history by marrying American actress Meghan Markle. This is the first time a member of the British royal family was born in America. Next, find out the unusual royal traditions and ceremonies you never knew existed.