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Photos of Queen Elizabeth Before She Was a Great-Grandmother

Long before the latest royal baby, and even before the parents of the newest prince were even born, there was the Queen Elizabeth II showing the world how English royalty looked and acted. For those who can’t get enough monarchy action these days, Taschen has put together some of the best photos from the queen’s life in the years before and soon after her crowning in the book Her Majesty. Whether you’ve bought into the royal baby mania or not, these photos are a lavish blast from the British past.

'BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE' ROYAL FILM PREMIERE, ODEON, LEICESTER SQUARE,  LONDON, BRITAIN - 1956

Queen Elizabeth meeting stars including Marilyn Monroe, 1956. Photo courtesy Taschen.