20 Throwback Photos of Queen Elizabeth We're Obsessed With

20 Throwback Photos of Queen Elizabeth We're Obsessed With

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Ah, the Queen of England. Regal. Commanding. Sophisticated. We get the feeling that when she walks in a room -- any room -- conversations immediately come to a halt and all attention is on her. She is, after all, head of the British monarchy. 

It hasn't always been this way, though. 

While she may have become queen at just 25, it's obvious that over time, Queen Elizabeth has gotten significantly more comfortable in her royal role. 

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch -- and obviously with that, comes some serious confidence -- and dare we say -- swagger. However, years ago, the queen seemed slightly less self-assured than she is now. She's always been a bit on the serious side, making sure to put business first, but she certainly wasn't born with the commanding presence she holds these days

From Kate Middleton to Prince William, we'll never grow tired of looking at old photos of members of the royal family. But we can't help but stare at these photos of young Queen Elizabeth a little bit longer. 

Obviously, Queen Elizabeth was born to rule, but she's come a long way from even a few years ago. Here are 20 throwback photos of the queen that we can't get enough of. 

  • Queen in Motion 

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    First and foremost, let's have a look-see at this old video of Queen Elizabeth. In motion! So young! Crazy!

  • Baptism by Fire

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    And here's an old shot of the queen knighting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. No pressure there when you're a few years into the job!

  • Stone Cold Fox!

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    Look at Queen Elizabeth here! So young! But also ... not quite yet the boss lady she is today. 

  • Family Portrait

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    We're not sure what we love more here: Young Queen Elizabeth or young Prince Charles in a Scottish kilt. 

  • Rugby Meeting

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    In 2007, the queen met with players and officials from the New Zealand Rugby League Team. She obviously wasn't mad about it.  

  • Day Date  

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    When the queen took part in naming a lighthouse ship in London, she and Prince Philip made a date of it. Sort of. 

  • Queenie?

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    Wow! This barely looks like Queen Elizabeth! Here, she was seen smiling in 2007 as King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia left Buckingham Palace. 

  • Hair, Baby

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    The queen has obviously decided upon her signature look now, but in 2007, she had a brief stint with super short hair. 

  • Party Time 

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    The queen was clearly ready to party when she hung out with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy over 10 years ago. Love the dress.

  • Royal Ascot 

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    The queen seemed less than enthused at Royal Ascot in 2010. Has she grow to love it over the years?

  • Wimbledon

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    When Queen Elizabeth hit up Wimbledon in 2010, she had a lewk going on. 

    Looking good!

  • New York Minute

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    Is it just us or was it easy to see how Prince Harry looks like his grandmother here during a 2010 visit to New York?

  • Walk-Through 

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    While she certainly has a presence here, it's nothing like what it is today. 

    Keep riding, kids!

  • Windy City 

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    Check out the queen braving gale force winds almost 10 years ago! Obviously, red is her power color. 

  • Royal Wedding!

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    Of course, Prince William and Kate Middleton were the stars of their own wedding in 2011, but Queen Elizabeth was iconic. 

  • Pattern Play 

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    The dress that the queen rocked in 2011 is similar to something Kate Middleton would wear today -- maybe that's where she gets her style from. 

  • Bucolic Vibes 

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    If Queen Elizabeth isn't a total vibe here, really, we're not sure what is. 

    Fierce. 

  • Bright & Happy 

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    A few weeks after William and Kate's wedding, the queen was spotted in this bright and happy dress. Classic. 

  • Cheeky Queenie

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    We love the cheeky look on Queen Elizabeth's face here. 

    Maybe that's where Harry gets it. 

  • Lipstick Lady 

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    Obviously, the queen has found her color lipstick, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't want her to bring this one back around. 

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