On 6th February 1952, Princess Elizabeth came to the throne, and was crowned a year later on 2nd June 1953.
|Princess Elizabeth attending a dinner in Scotland, 1947|
The Royal family will be visiting all Commonwealth Realms this year as part of the celebrations, as well as some Commonwealth countries (I love the way Prince Harry 'gets' Jamaica and the Bahamas!) During the Queen's Silver Jubilee, she visited Melbourne, Australia as part of Jubilee celebrations with her husband and there's some brief footage of it here. It seems 1977 was a bad year for hats, and even the reporter has a dig at them at the races.
In 1947, the Queen married the Duke of Edinburgh and famously saved her ration cards in order to pay for the materials. Instead of an elaborately adorned dress, dripping with diamonds, the Queen wore a silk gown embroidered with flowers (and some pearls granted), a dress which was symbolic of the post-war British austerity measures.
The Queen is also known for her more down-to-earth fashion, and when walking the dogs or when in-residence in the country she will opt for typical British country gear (see my post on the recent Burberry catwalk show for a modern take on this.)
The Queen gives her typical wardrobe a modern twist here with a bow-detail dress.