65 rare photos of Queen Elizabeth with her children

It's not *all* business for Queen Elizabeth

The 93-year-old is a queen by day, but a family woman by night. Her official duties may lie with the monarchy, but behind-the-scenes, she is very much invested in her role as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. 

While the public may know her as Her Majesty -- she's the longest-serving monarch in British history -- she is known as "Gan Gan" to her great-grandchildren.

See more of the royal during her 66-year reign

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Rare photos of Queen Elizabeth with her children
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Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with their children Princess Anne, Prince Charles (right) and Prince Andrew on his first holiday to Balmoral. 8th September 1960. (Photo by NCJ Archive/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
1st April 1969: The Royal Family relaxing in a drawing room at Sandringham House, Norfolk (clockwise) Prince Edward, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Andrew. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Central Press/Getty Images)
Prince Charles with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (right) during the ceremony of Charles' Investment as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales, 1st July 1969. They are in the Lower Ward of the castle, for the the third presentation, in which the Queen presents the Prince to the Welsh people. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Picture taken on December 15, 1948 at Buckingham Palace showing Princess Elizabeth, the futur Queen Elizabeth II, with her son, Prince Charles of Edinburgh after his christening. (Photo by - / CENTRAL PRESS PHOTO LTD / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth holds her son, Prince Charles after his christening in Buckingham Palace. With her seated to the left is Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, and right is the Prince's Great Grandmother Queen Mary. Godparents standing from left to right; Lady Brabourne, The Duke of Edinburgh (standing proxy for Prince George of Greece), King George VI, David Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Athlone (who stood proxy for the King of Norway) and Princess Margaret. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
20th November 1972: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with their children (left to right); Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne celebrating their silver wedding anniversary at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II pictured with her sons Prince Andrew (behind) and Prince Edward as Prince Edward starts his first day at Heatherdown Preparatory School near Ascot, England on 16th September 1972. The royal party is greeted by headmaster James Edwards and his wife. (Photo by William Lovelace/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Charles, Prince of Wales travel in an open top car in Avignon during a state visit to France, May 1972. (Photo by Reg Lancaster/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Charles takes part in a polo match in Windsor Great Park, accompanied by the Queen and Prince Edward, UK, 1st May 1971. (Photo by Reg Burkett/Daily Express/Getty Images)
8th November 1969: Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at a children's book fair in Westminster, London. (Photo by Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images)
April 1969: Charles, Prince of Wales riding a go-kart with his younger brother, Prince Edward whilst Queen Elizabeth II looks on. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Keystone/Getty Images)
April 1969: Charles, Prince of Wales with Queen Elizabeth II and his five year old brother, Prince Edward. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Keystone/Getty Images)
April 1969: Charles, Prince of Wales riding a go-kart with his younger brother, Prince Edward whilst Queen Elizabeth II looks on. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Keystone/Getty Images)
Anne, the Princess Royal, with her mother Queen Elizabeth II during the Eridge Horse Trials, East Sussex, 3rd August 1968. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
La reine Elizabeth avec le prince Philip et leurs enfants le prince Charles, la princesse Anne, le prince Andrew et le prince Edward photographiés dans les jardins du château de Windsor, Royaume-Uni, le 18 avril 1968. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
La reine Elizabeth avec le prince Philip et leurs enfants le prince Charles, la princesse Anne, le prince Andrew et le prince Edward photographiés dans les jardins du château de Windsor, Royaume-Uni, le 18 avril 1968. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
La reine Elizabeth avec le prince Philip et leurs enfants le prince Charles, la princesse Anne, le prince Andrew et le prince Edward photographiés dans les jardins du château de Windsor, Royaume-Uni, le 18 avril 1968. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II with Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Anne, Princess Royal during a visit to the Isles of Scilly, 1967. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
June 1965: Queen Elizabeth II plays with Princes Edward and Andrew at Windsor Castle. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
Photo taken on April 21, 1965 at Frogmore House in Windsor, Berkshire shows The British Royal Family: (from L to R) Princess Anne, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Duke of York smiling at Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in his cradle. (Photo by STRINGER / CENTRAL PRESS / AFP) (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo taken on April 21, 1965 at Frogmore House in Windsor, Berkshire shows The British Royal Family: (from L to R) Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew , Duke of York and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in her arms. AFP PHOTO (Photo by STRINGER / CENTRAL PRESS / AFP) (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne at Frogmore, Windsor Castle. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne at Windsor Castle. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The Queen prepares to go for an afternoon drive with her daughter, Princess Anne, from Windsor Castle. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 01: In November 1959, Queen ELIZABETH II and her daughter Princess ANNE embark for a boat trip on Frogmore lake at Windsor. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Elisabeth II. *21.04.1926-Koenigin von GB seit 1953- mit Ehemann Prinz Philip und den Kindern Charles und Anne in Balmoral (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, followed by her children, the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne, and the Royal family's pet corgis, at Euston Station when they left for their summer holidays in Balmoral. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
BALMORAL, ROYAUME-UNI - 29 AOUT: Le Président américain Dwight Eisenhower (gauche) et son fils le Major John Eisenhower sur la pelouse du chateau de Balmoral avec la Reine Elizabeth et ses enfants le Prince Charles et la Princesse Anne le 29 aout 1959 à Balmoral, Royaume-Uni. (Photo by Keystone-France\Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower and his son John visiting at Blamoral Castle with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. (Photo by Brian Seed/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower (C,L) and his son John visiting at Blamoral Castle with Queen Elizabeth II (C,R) and Prince Philip. (Photo by Brian Seed/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Elisabeth II. *21.04.1926-Koenigin von GB seit 1953- mit Ehemann Prinz Philip und den Kindern Charles und Anne in Windsor Castle- Juni 1959 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh with their children, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal,at the top of the East Terrace Garden Steps at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Elisabeth II. *21.04.1926-Koenigin von GB seit 1953- mit Prinz Philip und den Kindern Charles und Anne in Windsor Castle- Juni 1959 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne with two royal corgi dogs at Smith's Lawn, Windsor Great Park. They were there to see the Duke of Edinburgh play polo. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
400806 25: (FILE PHOTO) Princess Elizabeth makes her first broadcast, accompanied by her younger sister Princess Margaret Rose October 12, 1940 in London. Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Margaret died peacefully in her sleep at 1:30AM EST at the King Edward VII Hospital February 9, 2002 in London. (Photo by Getty Images)
Smiling proudly, Queen Elizabeth II holds the newest member of the Royal family as she leaves Buckingham Palace by car. This is the first photograph made of the young prince (still unnamed) who was born to the Queen on March 10th. Almost entirely obscured, but seated next to his mother, is four-year-old Prince Andrew. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
The Royal Family visit Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Parachuting was one of the college activities included in the static displays seen by the Royal party during the Queen's visit as Lord High Admiral. Behind her majesty and Prince Andrew Admiral of the Fleet Lord Mountbatten has words in the war of the Captain of the College, Rear Admiral Gordon Tait, 31st July 1972. (Photo by Torquay Herald Express/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II presents the Raleigh trophy to her daughter Princess Anne, winner of the individual European three-day event at Burghley, Lincolnshire, 6th September 1971. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Royal Family at Christmas and New Year. Picture shows Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and at the back Prince Charles, arriving at Sandringham Train Station, having taken The Royal Train from Liverpool Street Station. The Royal Family who will be spending their New Year in Sandringham, Norfolk. Picture taken 30th December 1970. (Photo by Hobson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Prince Charles takes part in a polo match in Windsor Great Park, accompanied by the Queen and Prince Edward, UK, 1st May 1971. (Photo by Reg Burkett/Daily Express/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II awarding Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Charles, Prince of Wales with trophies after a polo match, 30th April 1967. (Photo by Michael Stroud/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
June 1965: Queen Elizabeth II plays with Princes Edward and Andrew at Windsor Castle. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
11th June 1964: Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Edward on their way to Balmoral Castle in Scotland. (Photo by Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images)
Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in Berkshire to start his first term, and is introduced to the headmaster, Peter Beck, 23rd September 1957. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh accompany him. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Getty Images)
September 1957: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Prince Charles and Princess Anne during a visit to a sawmill on their estate at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
A.C. Farquharson of Invercauld whilst the Marquess of Aberdeen speaks to the Duke of Edinburgh. The Marquess is Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and Chief of the Braemar Games. Left to right : The Marquis of Aberdeen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cloucester, H.L. The Queen, H.R.H. Princess Margaret, the Royal children and Capt. A.C. Farquharson of Invercauld. September 1956 P009403 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
22nd August 1955: Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Anne, Prince Charles and their nurse, Helen Lightbody, at a stall during a Sale of Work event in Abergeldie Castle, near Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire. They are raising funds for the building of a new vestry at Craithie Church. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, with her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, with Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill at Waterloo Station as they await the return of the Queen Mother from her tour of the United States and Canada, 24th November 1954. (Photo by George Greenwell/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The royal family leave Euston Station in London for the palace, after their summer holiday in Balmoral, 10th October 1954. Pictured are Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. (Photo by Monte Fresco Jnr./Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Royal Family on Balcony at Buckingham Palace, London, pictured after Coronation, 2nd June 1953. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
14th October 1952: Queen Elizabeth II with her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne and her sister, Princess Margaret Rose (1930 - 2002) in a car leaving Euston station after a visit to Balmoral Castle, Scotland. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
28th September 1952: Queen Elizabeth and her son Charles playing with a camera in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
28th September 1952: Queen Elizabeth II and Charles, Prince of Wales helping Princess Anne through an open window at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
28th September 1952: Queen Elizabeth II leaning out of a window with Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise (left) and Prince Charles Philip Arthur George. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
The royal family in the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, 26th September 1952. From left to right, Princess Anne, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
19th September 1952: Queen Elizabeth II and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two young children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles outside Balmoral Castle. The Queen succeeded her father, George VI, in February 1952 and later added Princes Andrew and Edward to the royal family. Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, purchased Balmoral Castle in 1846, and the small castle which stood in the 7,000 hectare wooded estate was redeveloped in the 1850s.The granite building was designed by Aberdeen architect William Smith with suggestions from Albert himself, who decided the interior decoration should represent a Highland shooting box with tartan or thistle chintzes, and walls decorated with trophies and weapons. Queen Victoria often visited the Highlands with her family, especially after Albertfs death in 1861, and Balmoral is still a popular retreat for the present royal family. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II helps her son Prince Charles to take a picture of his sister, Princess Anne, Balmoral, Scotland, 1952. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Charles aged two, in the arms of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh. His mother, the then Princess Elizabeth, holds Princess Anne, as they walk in the grounds of Clarence House, London, 9th August 1951. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
9th August 1951: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House, London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Charles watching a procession, during the visit of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, from the wall of Clarence House, London, 22nd November 1950. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
21st November 1950: Four generations of the British Monarchy in Buckingham Palace after Princess Anne's christening ceremony (left to right ) (back row); King George VI and Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh; (front row) Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth holding Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth (1900 - 2002). (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
21st October 1950: Princess Elizabeth with her baby daughter Princess Anne who is wearing the Royal christening robe made of Honiton lace. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
2nd October 1950: Queen Elizabeth II holding Princess Anne with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900 - 2002), Queen Mary (1867 - 1953) (centre) and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh watching Prince Charles, after Princess Anne's christening. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain) with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and their baby son Prince Charles, July 1949. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
August 1971: The Royal Family touring an army display and exhibition at Aldershot. Left to right: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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Though her relationship with her family may be strong now, in the early years of her reign, she reportedly struggled to balance motherhood and her royal duties after becoming queen when she was 25.

Because of her responsibilities, Elizabeth chose to leave her four children at home in the care of nannies while she traveled internationally on tours. However, according to reports, the queen's favorite day of the week was the nanny's day off, which required her to assume her role as mother. 

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"When nanny Mabel was off duty, Elizabeth could kneel beside the bath, bathe her babies, read to them and put them to bed herself,"  Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle, reportedly once said.

"If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it," she once said about her children. 

Scroll through above to see rare photos of the queen with her children over the years. 

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is shown an orphaned cygnet at Oakley Court on the river bank during a swan upping census on the River Thames on July 20, 2009 near Windsor, England. During the ancient annual ceremony the Swan Marker leads a team of Swan Uppers on a five-day journey along the River Thames from Sunbury-on-Thames through Windsor to Abingdon counting, marking and checking the health of all unmarked swans. (Photo by Sang Tan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to 12 week old Labrador puppy 'Flint' by her trainer Ruth Narracott as she tours the facilities during a visit to the headquarters of the charity 'Canine Partners' in Midhurst in West Sussex on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L), meets a horse named Quinn, with a skeleton painted on it to help educate officers, during a visit to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at the Hyde Park Barracks in west London on October 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II reviews the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during their 70th anniversary parade in Hyde Park on October 19, 2017 in London, England. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA) was formed by King George VI in October 1947 and are commonly known as the 'Gunners'. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STAFFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 25: Queen Elizabeth II visits one of the Duchy of Lancaster Farms where she met tenants John and Victoria Coupland and young Equestrians at the Eland Lodge Equestrian centre on May 25, 2017 in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II with her horse 'Murthwaite Dawn Chorus' which competed in the Fell Class on day 3 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 12, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, in her role as Colonel-In-Chief of The Royal Welsh, attends a review and presentation of leeks to soldiers of The Royal Welsh to mark St David's Day at Lucknow Barracks on March 3, 2017 in Tidworth, England. The Royal Welsh is an Armoured Infantry Battalion of the British Army, formed on St David's Day in 2006, following an amalgamation of The Royal Welch Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Wales. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Queen Elizabeth II with her horse Dartmouth which won The Hardwick Stakes on day 5 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2016 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Canine Partners charity in Midhurst, Britain, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
An Asiatic lioness looks towards Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she and Prince Philip officially opened the "Land of the Lions" enclosure at London Zoo in London, Britain, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides her horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle, three days after the death of her mother, in this April 2, 2002 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Dan Chung/Files SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is shown how technology helps animals at The University of Surrey's new School of Veterinary Medicine, as she watches a dog on a treadmill, Guildford, Britain, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) accompanied by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh looks at two Koalas held by wildlife officers at Southbank in Brisbane October 24, 2011. Queen Elizabeth is in Australia for an 11-day official visit. REUTERS/Mechielsen Lyndon/Pool (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT ANIMALS)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth laughs as she looks down at a Highland cow during a visit to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland June 26, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN SOCIETY ANIMALS ROYALS)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rubs a Lipizzaner's nose during her visit to Lipica October 22, 2008. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are on a two-day official visit to Slovenia. REUTERS/Srdjan Zvulovic (SLOVENIA)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks on as a mixed breed dog named Gemma is given a cardiogram at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in London, March 19, 1997. The Queen who is the centenary patron of the Blue Cross, met staff, saw sick animals and watched vets at work in several of the hospital's operating theatres. REUTERS/Shawn Baldwin
Queen Elizabeth II stops to view a group of corgi dogs following her visit to the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta May 24, 2005. The Queen spent several minutes talking with owners and petting the animals. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC
Queen Elizabeth II greets the Manitoba Corgi Club as she tours the Forks Market in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 8, 2002. The Queen is currently on an 11-day Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. REUTERS/Adrian Wyld/ Pool REUTERS SB
Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Ken Mansfield and his dog Rocky as she meets prize winning corgis and their handlers in Adelaide February 28, 2002. The Queen arrived in Australia on Wednesday on a five-day visit, and will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Coolum on March 1. REUTERS/Bob Strong RCS/JD
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