Birthday Girl

April 21, 2016

It’s hard to imagine The Queen as a little girl in smocked, frilly dresses, or as a quiet teenager flirting with a boisterous young Philip, or as an 18-year-old truck mechanic in WW1. It’s hard to imagine her as anything other than an elderly lady with white curls, pastel hats and her signature Launer handbags. In celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday I choose this image, shot by photographer Lisa Sheridan, of a young, modern Princess Elizabeth sitting at her desk at Buckingham Palace in 1946. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service,” she said in Cape Town a year later. Here’s to a long, devoted, formidable life. Happy Birthday, Ma’am.




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