This year, Queen Elizabeth II has reached a historic milestone, as she is the first British monarch to spend 70 years on the throne.
This major achievement was recognized earlier this month on the queen's Accession Day, which was celebrated with cake, live music and a rare personal message from Her Royal Majesty. However, this is only the beginning of the festivities.
To commemorate the queen's Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Collection Trust is putting on an exhibit that looks back at the beginning of her reign. In a new post on the royal family Instagram account, they said, “As part of the #PlatinumJubilee celebrations this year, @royalcollectiontrust are staging a special exhibition in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace that will feature a display looking at The Queen's Accession to the throne in February 1952.”
And in order to tease this future exhibit, the royal family shared a vintage portrait of Queen Elizabeth from her first days as a monarch. “On this day 70 years ago, just twenty days after her accession to the throne, The Queen sat for her first official portraits as Sovereign,” they wrote.