The Platinum Jubilee Image Countdown

Over the next 70 days, as we countdown to the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend, we’ll be sharing an image a day of The Queen – each representing a year of Her Majesty’s 70-year long reign. 

1952

First photographic sitting

Just twenty days after The Queen’s Accession to the throne, Her Majesty sat for her first official photographs. Taken by Dorothy Wilding, these photographs were used as the basis for Her Majesty’s image on new coins, banknotes and stamps.  
1953

The Coronation

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey.  Her Majesty is pictured during the Crowning Ceremony, seated on the Coronation Chair, wearing the St. Edward Crown and carrying the Sovereign’s Sceptre and Rod. 
1954

Commonwealth Tour

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh wave to crowds as they travel to Parliament House, Brisbane, Australia. Her Majesty’s reign commenced with her longest ever Commonwealth tour – from November 1953 to May 1954 she travelled 44,000 miles, visiting 13 countries. 
1955

State Visit to Norway

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are joined by King Haakon VII and members of the Norwegian Royal Family during a State Visit to the country. State Visits, both outward and inward, play an integral role in strengthening Britain's relationships with countries across the world. 
1956

Trooping the Colour

The Queen rides down the Mall following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade. Also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade, the ceremony has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. 
1957

A Royal Gift

During a visit to the Channel Islands, The Queen is presented with a gift from the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society – a Jersey cow named Lady. Her Majesty has received many animal gifts over the years, including jaguars and sloths from Brazil which were placed in the care of zoos.
1958

State Opening of Parliament

For the first time in history, the Sovereign is photographed reading the Speech at the State Opening of Parliament. Traditions surrounding State Opening and the delivery of a speech by the Monarch can be traced back as far as the 16th century. 
1959

The Queen's Red Box

The Queen is pictured with one of her famous red boxes, which contains official documents and papers. Over the past 70 years, Her Majesty has received daily papers from her Private Secretaries, in person or via a red despatch box. 
1960

French State Visit

The Queen and President Charles de Gaulle are pictured in a carnation-decorated box at the Royal Opera House, following a special performance during a French State Visit. Her Majesty is fluent in French and often uses the language during Audiences and State Visits. 
1961

President John F. Kennedy visits

President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy are welcomed by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. There have been fourteen US Presidents during Her Majesty’s Reign, and with the exception of President Johnson, The Queen has met each one.  
1962

A special Garden Party

The Queen chats to Major Parkash Singh VC during a Garden Party for the Victoria and George Cross Association. Her Majesty is Patron of the association which represents all living holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross – the UK’s highest decorations. 
1963

A visit to Fiji

The Queen receives a bouquet of flowers from Fijian Princess, Adi Kaunilotuma, during a visit to the country.
1964

Commonwealth Heads of State

The Queen is joined by the Commonwealth Heads of State for a dinner party at Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty is Head of the Commonwealth, which has grown from 8 to 54 members in the last 70 years. 
1965

A Garden Party for the WI

Can you spot The Queen among the guests at a special Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for members of the Women’s Institute? Every year around 30,000 people are welcomed to Buckingham Palace for a Garden Party. 
1966

England win the World Cup

The Queen presents England Captain Bobby Moore with the World Cup after he led his team to a 4-2 victory against West Germany – which is still the most-watched television event in British history. 
1967

Awarding a Knighthood

The Queen confers a Knighthood on Sir Francis Chichester, who was the first person to single-handedly sail around the world. Her Majesty uses her father’s, King George VI’s, sword when awarding Knighthoods.  
1968

The Order of St Michael and St George

The Queen and The Duke Edinburgh leave St Paul’s Cathedral following a service to mark the 150th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George. Her Majesty is Sovereign of the Order, which was established in 1818 by the future George IV. 
1969

Going Underground

The Queen is pictured in the driver’s cab of an underground train as she opens a new section of the Victoria Line. In 2016 it was revealed that the new crossrail line would be named the Elizabeth line in honour of Her Majesty.
1970

Visit to New Zealand

The Queen is joined by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Princess Royal on the steps of the Parliament Building in Wellington, New Zealand following the State Opening of Parliament. 
1971

Maundy Money

The Queen presents the traditional Maundy money to elderly men and women in Tewkesbury Abbey. During the service, The Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived: so, in 1971 she presented 45 pence worth to 45 men and women. 
1972

The Lord of Mann

The Queen is pictured during a visit to the Isle of Man. Her Majesty is known as the ‘Lord of Mann’ on the Island. 
1973

The Queen's Birthday Parade

The Queen salutes Troops as they march towards Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Colour. In this Platinum Jubilee year, a special Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place as part of the Celebration Weekend in June. 
1974

Remembrance Sunday

The Queen, and members of The Royal Family stand at the Cenotaph after laying wreaths on Remembrance Sunday. On the second Sunday of each November, Her Majesty leads the nation in remembering those who have died in world wars and other conflicts. 
1975

Silverwood Colliery

The Queen visits Silverwood Colliery near Rotherham. 
1976

Monument of National Solidarity

In Luxembourg, The Queen lights the perpetual flame at the Monument of National Solidarity, which commemorates all those who fought in the war. 
1977

Silver Jubilee

The Queen greets well-wishers during a walk-about in Edinburgh as part of her Silver Jubilee Celebrations. To mark the Silver Jubilee Her Majesty toured 36 counties in the United Kingdom over a period of three months. 
1978

A visit to the Channel Islands

The Queen is welcomed by school children at St Saviour, Jersey during a visit to the Channel Islands. 
1979

State Visit to Denmark

During a State Visit to Denmark, The Queen joins Queen Margrethe, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Henrik on the balcony of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. 2022 is also a special year for Queen Margrethe, who is celebrating her Golden Jubilee. 
1980

HMS Invicible

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh drink toasts during the commissioning ceremony of HMS Invincible. As Sovereign, Her Majesty is Head of the Armed Forces. 
1981

In the North Sea

The Queen chats to workers during a visit to an oil terminal off the coast of Shetland.
1982

Commonwealth Games

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
1983

Honouring Mother Teresa

The Queen presents Mother Teresa with the Insignia of the Honorary Order of Merit during a visit to India. Established in 1902 by Edward VII, admission to the Order is the personal gift of the Sovereign.
1984

Commemorating D-Day

The Queen is joined by the Heads of the State of the Allied countries which took part in the D-Day landings as part of the 40th anniversary commemorations.
1985

The Queen and her Prime Ministers

The Queen is pictured with the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and five former Prime Minister’s at a dinner at 10 Downing Street. As of 2022, there have been fourteen Prime Minister’s during The Queen’s reign.
1986

First visit to China

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh join President Li Xiannian and his wife Jiamei in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Her Majesty was the first British Monarch to visit mainland China.
1987

Scouts Parade

The Queen, in her role as the Patron of the Scout Association, meets some of the 1,000 Scouts who took part in the St George's Day parade at Windsor Castle. The Queen's Scout Award is the highest of the Association's training awards and was introduced by King Edward VII in 1909.
1988

Port Sunlight's 100th Birthday

The Queen is welcomed by crowds at Port Sunlight in Merseyside during a visit to celebrate the village’s 100th birthday.
1989

Welcoming Queen Beatrix

The Queen greets Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at Buckingham Palace before investing her as an Extra Lady of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in the United Kingdom.
1990

Commemorating the Battle of Britain

From the balcony at Buckingham Palace, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh watch a flypast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
1991

Unveiling The Queen Elizabeth Bridge

The Queen unveils the monument stone, naming the new road bridge over the River Thames at Dartford, Kent.The Queen Elizabeth Bridge was the first bridge to be built at an entirely new location along the Thames for more than 50 years.
1992

German State Visit

The Queen meets German schoolchildren during a walkabout with President Dr Richard Von Weizsäcker in Berlin after passing through the Brandenburg Gate. 
1993

CHOGM

The Queen is pictured with the Heads of Government from Commonwealth countries in Cyprus. During her reign, Her Majesty has attended 22 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.
1994

100 years of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom

The Queen is shown a model of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom during a visit to the town to mark the centenary of the iconic building.
1995

VE Day Celebrations

The Queen meets veterans attending a concert held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of VE Day at Buckingham Palace. 
1996

Welcoming Mandela

The Queens joins Nelson Mandela for a carriage ride down the Mall on the first day of the South African State Visit.
1997

The Queen's Body Guard

The Queen inspects The Queens Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Dressed in their distinctive Tudor uniforms of red, white and yellow, The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen have a ceremonial role in many Royal events.
1998

Walk about in Cheshire

The Queen greets well-wishers during a walk about in Runcorn, Cheshire.
1999

Visiting South Korea

The Queen is welcomed to Hahoe Village in South Korea during a State Visit
2000

A Millennium visit to Australia

The Queen receives flowers from members of the crowd in Bourke, New South Wales during a visit to Australia.
2001

Opening The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen is greeted by crowds of well-wishers as she arrives in Woolwich, London, to officially open the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
2002

A Canadian Corgi

The Queen admires a Corgi in Manitoba, during her two week Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. In her Golden Jubilee year, Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh travelled more than 40,000 miles to the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and across the UK.
2003

A warm welcome in Wales

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh meet well-wishers during a visit to Wales to mark the opening of the second National Assembly for Wales.
2004

Welcoming the world to Buckingham Palace

The Queen greets guests at the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.
2005

Order of the Garter

The Queen is pictured on Garter Day – an annual procession of members of the Order of the Garter. Her Majesty is Sovereign of the Order which was founded in 1348 and is most senior Order of Chivalry.
2006

80th Birthday Celebrations

The Queen meets Postman Pat during a special birthday party at Buckingham Palace in celebration of her 80th birthday. 2,000 children were invited to the special celebration which had the theme of British children’s literature.
2007

State Visit to the USA

The Queen is pictured with President George Bush during a walkabout in Washington DC as part of a State Visit to the USA. 
2008

Maundy Thursday in Northern Ireland

The Queen is pictured with The Duke of Edinburgh following the annual Maundy Thursday Service, which was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland. 
2009

G20 at Buckingham Palace

In the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, The Queen is photographed with the G20 leaders. 
2010

A Yorkshire welcome

School children welcome The Queen to Cloughton, North Yorkshire.