In Memoriam: Photographs of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Original Caption: WASHINGTON, D.C. The Honorable Walter E. Washington, Mayor of the District of Columbia, will present the Key to the city and commemorative medal to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. July 8, 1976. Local ID: 111-CC-104078

This post was created in collaboration with Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez, Archivist, and Sarah Bseirani, Archives Specialist, in the Still Picture Branch.

Queen Elizabeth II (April 21, 1926 – September 8, 2022) served as Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms for 70 years up until her death at age 96, making her reign the longest of any British monarch. Here in the Still Picture Branch at the National Archives, we have a handful of photographs within our holdings of the late Queen Elizabeth II and her official travels to the United States.

Before becoming Queen and gaining the title of Head of State, she was known as Princess Elizabeth of England.

Original Caption: Princess Elizabeth chats with crew at christening of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “ROSE OF YORK” at a base somewhere in England. 6 July 1944. Local ID: 342-FH-3A46598-A61882AC. (NAID: 204994385)

Original Caption: In the Rose Garden, Princess Elizabeth presents President Truman with an overmantle painting, Nov. 2, 1951. Local ID: 79-AR-1609-O

Original Caption: In the Rose Garden, Princess Elizabeth presents President Truman with an overmantle painting, Nov. 2, 1951. Local ID: 79-AR-1609-N

Acceding to the throne at 25 years-old, Queen Elizabeth II would go on to meet every U. S. President beginning with Harry S. Truman, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson. Check out these photograph’s of her with various U. S. Presidents and adventures in Washington, D.C.

Original Caption: WASHINGTON, D.C. Queen Elizabeth greets President Dwight D. Eisenhower on his arrival at the British Embassy. Prince Philip and Mrs. Eisenhower are at the Queen’s left. October 19, 1957. Local ID: 306-PSD-57-22496

Original Caption: LONDON, ENGLAND. President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace during the U. S. President’s visit, 1961. Local ID: 306-PSD-61-10799

Original Caption: LONDON, ENGLAND. President and Mrs. Richard Nixon with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Edward Heath. Local ID:  306-PSD-71-1692

Original Caption: WASHINGTON, D.C. Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Ceremony for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The ceremony was hosted by President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford. July 7, 1976. Local ID: 111-CC-104072.

Original Caption: WASHINGTON, D.C. Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Ceremony for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The ceremony was hosted by President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford. 7 July 1976. Local Identifier: 111-CC-104071
Original Caption: WASHINGTON, D.C. Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Ceremony for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The ceremony was hosted by President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford. July 7, 1976. Local ID: 111-CC-104080.

Original Caption: ANDREWS AFB, MD. Armed Forces Full Honor Departure Ceremony for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Host of the ceremony was Nelson A. Rockefeller, Vice President of the United States of America. 9 July 1976. Local ID: 111-CC-104084.

Original Caption: ANDREWS AFB, MD. Armed Forces Full Honor Departure Ceremony for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Host of the ceremony was Nelson A. Rockefeller, Vice President of the United States of America. 9 July 1976. Local ID: 111-CC-104079.

Original Caption: Nasa/Admin Queen Elizabeth II Examines Nasa Scroll Attesting To The British Made Needle’s Use In Shuttle Orbiter Manufacture. Local ID: 255-KSC-83P-234. (NAID: 201832012)

Original Caption: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stand with President and Mrs. Reagan during a state dinner. The Queen is on a tour of the West Coast. February 23,1983. Local ID: 330-CFD-DA-SC-84-02449. (NAID: 6373085)

Original Caption: England’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, disembark from a British Airways Concorde supersonic transport aircraft upon their arrival for a royal visit. May 20, 1991. Local ID: 330-CFD-DF-ST-92-04789. (NAID: 6472575)

Interested in seeing more of Queen Elizabeth II from the National Archives? Check out the National Archives News featured article: In Memoriam: Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022).

The photographs included in this post have no known copyright restrictions. If you have any questions about the images in this post or the holdings of the Still Picture Branch, please contact us at  stillpix@nara.gov.

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Proper credit lines are encouraged in the interest of good documentation. They also help inform the public about government photographic resources that are available.

*Because so many of our requests for information cite credits and captions that appear in published works, the inclusion of a photo number in hard copy and electronic publications is of great assistance to both us and the public.

Examples of preferred credit lines are as follows:

  • National Archives photo no. 210-G-C241
  • Credit National Archives (photo no. 83-G-41368)
  • Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 83-G-41430
  • National Archives (210-G-A14)

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