The party may be over but the Queen’s reign is anything but. As celebrations for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee come to an end, we’re sharing these unpublished photos of the monarch from LIFE. We wish Queen Elizabeth II more years of wise leadership across all her realms. Long live the Queen!
“Here, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s reign, LIFE.com offers a series of informal portraits of the Queen, including several that never ran in the magazine. And while some of these images do convey “oodles of symbolic supremacy,” it’s also worth noting that, in at least a few of these shots, there’s also a flicker of something that one hardly ever associates with Elizabeth: namely, a quite self-aware and yet wry sense of fun. Now that’s something to celebrate.”
In the gallery, you’ll find photographs of a young Princess Elizabeth on her birthday with Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, enjoying a football match on a diplomatic trip to America, and the Her Majesty’s first visits to her sovereign realms like Jamaica and the Carribean.
The Queen is rarely broadcasted but she sent a message after her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, saying it was a “humbling experience” which she hopes would “brighten our lives for many years to come”. Watch the Queen’s speech below:
Queen Elizabeth II is the second longest reigning British monarch. Long live the Queen!