The world is in shock over the death of England’s beloved, long-reigning Queen Elizabeth II. Confirmed by the royal family’s official Twitter account, Queen Elizabeth died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96. She reigned as a steady fixture for 70 years alongside 15 different prime ministers, meeting 13 US presidents during her tenure.
As the world collectively mourns her death, we want to revisit the iconic matriarch’s most regal moments during her 70-year reign. From her wedding to Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in 1947 and the embraces she frequently bestowed on former First Lady Michelle Obama to her powerful presence at the State Opening of Parliament and her complete respect and attention at Commonwealth Realm receptions, there are almost too many regal moments to make note of during her seven-decade rule.
In honor of her extraordinary life and historic reign, read on for Queen Elizabeth II’s most majestic, monumental, and inspiring moments as Queen of England.