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HM Queen Elizabeth II
, 2002

by Polly Borland

type C photograph (sheet: 69.5 cm x 54.5 cm, image: 61.0 cm x 49.3 cm)

HM Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926), reigning monarch, was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who subsequently became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Educated at home, the Princess was a Girl Guide and a Sea Ranger before taking on public engagements at age 16. She married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten – the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and a great-great grandson of Queen Victoria – in 1947. In 1952, the couple set out for Australia and New Zealand; on the way, in Kenya, Elizabeth received news of her father’s death. She returned to England and was crowned, aged 25, on 2 June 1953. The delayed visit, the first of many tours of the Commonwealth, was accomplished the same year. She is currently the Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth countries. By convention, she is not involved the day-to-day business of the Australian government, but plays a ceremonial and symbolic role. Queen Elizabeth II made her 16th visit to Australia in October 2011. In 2012, Her Majesty celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and on September 2015 she became the longest reigning British monarch, surpassing the reign of Queen Victoria.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2002
Accession number: 2002.43