Rare Photos Of Elizabeth From Before She Was Queen

As the longest-reigning British monarch, many people today find it hard to remember a time when Elizabeth II wasn’t the Queen of the United Kingdom. Elizabeth has been in power for more than 60 years but for the first decade of her life, no one ever considered she’d even be in line for the throne.

Before she became one of the most powerful women in the world, she was a quiet home-schooled girl, a truck mechanic, and a budding corgi lover. Check out these rare vintage photos of Elizabeth accompanied with some incredible facts about her early life that show a completely different side of her.

No One Expected Her To Be Queen

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Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images
Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images

When Elizabeth was born to the Duke and Duchess of York, she stood third in line to the crown. It was her uncle, Edward, who was in line to be king but he famously abdicated the throne after less than a year. That left Elizabeth’s father, now King George VI, as the ruler of the British Empire.

Elizabeth had spent the first ten years of her life never expecting to one day be queen. When all of that changed in 1936, she had some serious catching up to do.