The Queen meeting guests at a banquet given by Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg in 1976 (Ron Bell/PA)

In Pictures: The Queen through the decades of her 69-year reign


The Queen will have reigned for 69 years on February 6. Here is a selection of pictures of the monarch over the decades, as she reaches the anniversary of her accession – one year away from her Platinum Jubilee. – 1950s – 1960s – 1970s – 1980s – 1990s – 2000s – 2010s – 2020s