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

By Laura Elston

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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