The Most Beautiful, Regal Portraits Of The Queen Throughout Her Reign

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Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), during her 70 year reign, posed for an incredible number of official portraits. In fact, she is associated with over 960 portraits.

At just one year old, in 1927, she sat for British high society photographer Marcus Adams. When she became Queen in 1952, she often posed for British royal family portrait photographer Lisa Sheridan (Studio Lisa) in relaxed settings like the Palace gardens, with her children and dogs, many of which appeared in a volume entitled Informally Royal: Studio Lisa and the Royal Family by Rodney Laredo. Studio Lisa went on to be awarded two Royal Warrants, one from Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and later Queen Elizabeth II. Most famously, for formal photographic portraits, of Queen Elizabeth on the throne or during her coronation, the family turned to British fashion, portrait and war photographer Sir Cecil Beaton.

When it comes to painted portraits, in 1968, for example, The Queen was painted by artist Timothy Whidborne on horseback wearing the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief Irish Guard, mounted on the Metropolitan Police horse named Doctor. She was later, in 1972, painted extremely glamorously, in a white dress against a moody sky, by American artist Joseph Wallace King, which was commissioned by the Wellcome Foundation for presentation to the state of North Carolina.

Here we take a look at some of the Queen’s most beautiful, regal portraits throughout her reign.

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July 1928 – by Marcus Adams

Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, as a toddler, taken at her London home.


July 1936 – by Studio Lisa

The then still ‘Princess’ Elizabeth, hugging a corgi dog.


April 1942 – by Studio Lisa

Princesses Elizabeth (left) and Margaret Rose with one of their dogs outside the Royal Lodge, Windsor.

Princess Elizabeth gazing through a window, near an exotic floral arrangement.


July 1946 – by Studio Lisa

Princess Elizabeth in her lounge at Buckingham Palace.


September 1952 – by Studio Lisa

A newly installed Queen Elizabeth II with two dogs at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, 28th September 1952.


June 1953 – by Cecil Beaton

A photograph of a portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton taken on June 2, 1953 during her coronation.


June 1953 – by Cecil Beaton

Queen Elizabeth II with her maids of honor, in the green drawing room of Buckingham Palace, on June 2, 1953. By artist Cecil Beaton (photo by the print collector/Getty images)


April 1955 – by Pietro Annigoni

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Italian portrait and fresco painter Pietro Annigoni is featured for the cover of Picture Post magazine. Original Publication: Picture Post Cover – Vol 67 No 05 – pub. 1955. (Photo by IPC Magazines/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American Pop artist Andy Warhol holding a silkscreen print of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in his studio, the Factory, New York, New York, 1985. The picture is part of his Reigning Queens series, others of which are on the wall behind him. (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)


May 1999 – by Andrew Festing

A portrait of the Queen in her robes for the state opening of parliament, by painter Andrew Festing, for the Royal Hospita in Chelsea. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)


April 2014 – by Nick Cutell

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (now Princess of Wales) inspects a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, painted by New Zealand artist Nick Cutell and unveiled during a state reception at Government House on April 10, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)


October 2010 – by Isobel Peachey

Queen Elizabeth II looks at a newly commissioned portrait of herself in The Queen’s Room as she is given a tour of the Cunard’s new cruise-liner Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton Docks on October 11, 2010. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty images)


October 2016 – by Henry Ward

Queen Elizabeth II viewing a painting of herself by British artist Henry Ward, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on October 14, 2016. The painting was commissioned to commemorate the Queen’s six decades of patronage to the British Red Cross. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)

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