From rarely-seen footage of a young Queen Elizabeth joining in the war efforts, to celebrating her children's marriages and even Her Majesty's very first Christmas speech, Her Royal Highness certainly has done a lot in her 90 years. Curious to see exactly how much? The brilliant site Keeping Up With The Queen cleverly charts The Queen’s accomplishments for every age and year. Click through the site to discover just how vast her achievements have been throughout the years, or simply enter how old you are and see what the Queen was up to when she was your age! Just don’t be surprised if you start to feel like a bit of an under-achiever…
Have a look at just a few of most important moments, from a young Queen Elizabeth marrying the love of her life to the world's longest reigning monarch meeting with President Obama, Her Majesty certainly has lived a great deal in her 90 years. Happy birthday Ma'am!
After months of begging her father, King George VI, to let her assist in WWII efforts, Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. Known as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, she trained in London as a mechanic and military truck driver. Doesn't she look fab in those coveralls?
Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, formerly prince of Greece and Denmark, on November 20, 1947. As this was during the postwar recovery years, their wedding was a relatively modest affair (royally speaking). In fact, Elizabeth famously saved up ration coupons to purchase the material for her wedding dress, a beautiful satin gown designed by Norman Hartnell and encrusted with 10,000 white pearls.
Shortly after getting married, the Royal couple welcomed their first child and heir to the throne, Prince Charles. Born on November 14, 1948, the whole country and beyond celebrated the first child born to a British reigning sovereign for over a hundred years. Isn't baby Charles adorable?
On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was coronated at Westminister Abby. Although she had in fact ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, the coronation was delayed for more than a year because holding such a celebration is traditionally deemed inappropriate during the mourning period. This was the first time that the ceremony was broadcast on television, allowing people from all over the world to observe the spectacle.
For many of us, the Queen’s speech at Christmas is as traditional as mince pies. But it wasn’t always so! Here at age 31, we see the young Queen Elizabeth in the very first televised Christmas broadcast filmed at Sandringham House in Norfolk in 1957. She's such a natural!
For football fans, the year 1966 will be forever remembered as the (ahem, only) year that England won the World Cup, defeating West Germany 4–2. Queen Elizabeth II was there to congratulate the team and hand over the trophy – which was almost as the same colour as her lovely coat. Well she does love her matching accessories!
Watch the Queen's Silver Jubilee, celebrating Her Majesty's 25 years on the throne! On 7 June, 1977, more than one million people line the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's for the celebrations. Millions more tuned in to watch on television and many celebrated with their neighbours and friends with themed street parties.
The Queen's eldest son, Prince Charles, marries Lady Diana Spencer on 29 July 1981, in St Paul's Cathedral. While Princess Diana wore a suitably 80s style wedding dress, the Queen wore a lovely, demure blue dress with a matching hat and purse. One does love tonal dressing!
In the year 1990, Queen Elizabeth celebrates her mother, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, turning 90 years old. How will Queen Elizabeth's birthday celebrations on April 21 compare, we wonder?
It was the day we all remember, as the Queen's former daughter-in-law and the 'People's Princess,' as she was so fondly known, is sadly killed in a car crash in Paris. Watch the Queen's moving tribute to Princess Diana one minute into the video below.
The Queen welcomes President Obama and the First Lady of the United States to the United Kingdom for a three-day visit.
Hurrah! The Queen welcomes another grandchild into her family, Prince George, on 22 July, 2013. What does baby George call the Queen? Gan-Gan! Aww...