Elizabeth Alexandra Mary: Born April 21, 1926

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Queen Elizabeth II turns 89 today, so I decided to have a look at how she’s been represented visually over the course of time.

She’s been pictured on stamps: http://www.stamp-exchange.co.uk/queen_elizabeth_ii.htm
coinshttp://blog.royalmint.com/the-portraits-of-the-queen/
banknotes: http://www.pjsymes.com.au/qe2/default.htm
and in paintings: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/royalty/10757562/In-pictures-Painted-portraits-of-Queen-Elizabeth-II.html?frame=2878348

But for me, the most interesting images are the photographs, particularly of the younger Elizabeth, perhaps because the thirties and forties are probably my favorite decades. There’s a wealth of pictures to be found on the internet of Elizabeth, at any age, should one be so inclined.
Her Majesty’s life in photos:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/royalty/8507797/Long-to-reign-over-us-Queen-Elizabeth-II-in-pictures.html
LIFE magazine, as one would expect, has a large archive which they dip into for their website:
http://time.com/3683145/life-with-elizabeth-ii-rare-and-classic-photos-of-the-queen/
People magazine celebrates with pictures of the Queen with every US President she has met during her reign: http://tinyurl.com/lm3xyeh
Then of course there’s the way Andy Warhol represented her:
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sexpistolsOr Jamie Reid for the Sex Pistols:

Or a British school child (as found on some random web site):child