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.
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.
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.