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Long To Reign Over Us: Photographic exhibition celebrates Queen Elizabeth becoming the longest reigning monarch

By Laura Elston

Published 19/08/2015

Some of the extensive collection of photographs of the Queen which will be put on display
Some of the extensive collection of photographs of the Queen which will be put on display
Some of the extensive collection of photographs of the Queen which will be put on display
Some of the extensive collection of photographs of the Queen which will be put on display
Some of the extensive collection of photographs of the Queen which will be put on display
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne at Balmoral in Scotland, which is part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition. James Reid/Royal Collection Trust/PA Wire
The Queen at her desk, Balmoral 2012, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition. Julian Calder/PA Wire
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving for the State Opening of Parliament in London, 27 May 2015, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition. Stephen Lock/i-Images/PA Wire
The Queen, Sovereign of the Order of the garter, Windsor Castle, 15 June 2015, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition. Peter Nicholls/Reuters/PA Wire

A new photographic display celebrating the Queen's reign is to go on show at Buckingham Palace on the day she becomes the longest reigning monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria

The Royal Collection announced that a special outdoor exhibition will appear at the Queen's London home, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on September 9.

Long To Reign Over Us, which can be viewed by visitors to the palaces and castle, includes official portraits and images of the Queen from 1952 to the present day, as well as previously seen informal photographs of the monarch and her family.

A black-and-white portrait from February 1952 is the earliest photograph in the selection and was taken just three weeks after Princess Elizabeth became Queen.

A side-on shot of the Queen's head, it shows the composed young monarch wearing a diamond necklace and a dark-coloured, off-the-shoulder evening gown.

The most recent image is one of this year's Order of the Garter procession at Windsor in June.

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