These Rare Photos Of The Queen Shed A New Light On Her Extraordinary Life

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38. Holding one of her many Corgis, circa 1936

Queen Elizabeth II has long been a fan of Corgis, as evidenced by this photo of her as a child cuddling one in her arms. Her father acquired their first in 1933 – a pooch that the family named Dookie – after Elizabeth became very fond of a friend’s dog of the same breed. And since she became Queen in 1952, she’s had in excess of 30 Corgis in her charge.

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37. Waving at her father’s coronation, 1937

Queen Elizabeth’s uncle ascended to the throne as King Edward VIII in 1936. But he reigned for less than a year, because he chose to abdicate in order to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. That meant Elizabeth’s father was made king as George VI – and she became his heir apparent. Here, she’s giving a big wave at his May 12, 1937, coronation.

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36. Riding high at London Zoo, 1939

Obviously, being the future Queen of England had its perks for 13-year-old Elizabeth. She and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, got up close and personal with some of the animals at London Zoo in 1939. Along with meeting penguins, a panda and chimpanzees, the royals also got to ride on the back of an elephant.

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