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    In their coronation robes of ermine and their crowns, King George VI, right, and Queen Elizabeth, left, step to a balcony of Buckingham Palace with Queen Mother Mary, center, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose, to receive the homage of their subjects on May 18, 1937 in London. Princess Elizabeth stands in front of her mother.

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    In her first radio broadcast, 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth, right, said that England's children at home were full of cheerfulness and courage. She is shown with her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, before the broadcast, in London on Oct. 13, 1940.

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    Princess Elizabeth, center, ties knots under the watchful eyes of an expert at Buckingham Palace in 1943. The white stripes on her pocket proclaim her to be a patrol leader.

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    Attending a celebration in honor of Princess Elizabeth's coming of age, her 18th birthday, at the Royal family's country estate on April 21, 1944, are King George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth of the British Royal Family.

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    Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Clarence House, the royal couple's London residence, in this August 1951 file photo.

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    Queen Elizabeth II of England holds 6-month-old Prince Andrew while Princess Anne watches during a family holiday at Balmoral castle in Scotland in 1960.

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    Queen Elizabeth II waves to children at a party in Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park on July 1, 1967 and inadvertently blocks out Prince Philip who waves from her side. The royal couple was on a six-day tour during Canada’s celebration of its 100th anniversary of confederation.

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    Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip wave from plane ramp shortly before the special royal plane took off from Tokyo, May 12, 1975.

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    Queen Elizabeth II and Namibian President Sam Nujoma smile at the crowd as the Queen arrives in Windhoek, Namibia in 1991. Prince Philip is seen in the background. The Queen was in a three day visit to Namibia.

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    Queen Elizabeth II, smiles as she leaves the Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park, England, after attending morning prayers in 1986.

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    Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in the State Coach, to attend the State opening of Parliament in London in 2007. The annual ceremony takes place in the House of Lords where elected Members of Parliament are summoned to hear the Queen's Speech, which outlines the government's program, and formally opens the next session of Parliament.

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    From left, Prince Phillip, Carole Middleton, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stand outside of Westminster Abbey after the 2011 Royal Wedding.

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    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave from Chelsea Harbour in London on a launch on the first part of their journey in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012. More than 1,000 boats sailed down the River Thames in a flotilla tribute to the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, looks on as Prince William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in central London, June 5, 2012, to conclude the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.

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    Queen Elizabeth II looks on as the Guards march past outside Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Colour, at the Horse Guards Parade in 2013. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians took part in the annual ceremony.

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    Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to Reed's School, in Cobham, England in 2014. The school was originally founded in 1813 in the east end of London, as the London Orphan Asylum.

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