The Life and Reign of Queen Elizabeth

From wartime princess to elderly monarch, the magazine’s writers captured the Queen at milestone moments across the decades.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on Thursday at the age of ninety-six. During her eventful life, her country’s role in the world transformed, and so did her own place within the United Kingdom. 

For more than eighty of those years, Elizabeth appeared in the pages of The New Yorker, as a wartime princess, as a young bride, and, later, through her many iterations as a ruler, matriarch, individual, and symbol. We’ve collected some of those pieces below.

The Rise of Princess Elizabeth
A new queen may be mounting England’s ancient throne.

A Ringside Seat at the Wedding

Princess Elizabeth, Heiress Apparent
Her calm performance as deputy for her father struck the crowds—and the papers, all of a heap.

London Salutes the New Queen
The news of Elizabeth II’s accession reaches a population that no longer believes it is all roses being a queen.

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
It seemed that everyone in the world was here.

The Elder Daughter—I
The business of being queen.
The Queen’s Touch
How far is it worth travelling to have dinner with Her Majesty—and Prince Philip, of course (you can’t forget Prince Philip)?

Elizabeth II’s Fine-Tuned Feelings
In time for her Golden Jubilee, two biographies show how the Queen came to rule from the heart.

Elizabeth II, the Brexit Queen
For the British monarch, the Brexit vote marks an almost Shakespearean turn.

The Passing of Prince Philip
What must he have thought when he reflected upon the accomplishments and the travails of the family and institution of which he was long the patriarch, if not ever the head?