Historical British Monarchs Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Published May 11, 2015
Updated January 30, 2018
Historical British Monarchs Pictures

The Queen, Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose as they interact with the royal archers in 1937. Source: Colossal

Now that Princess Charlotte has made her debut, there’s one more British royal stealing the hearts of the world. While monarchy is a thing of the past in many countries, it’s hard to deny the tiny bit of fairytale excitement and glamour that comes to mind when we envision the shiny lives of kings and queens.

Since 1837, six British monarchs have occupied the throne: Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. These past centuries have been marked by countless births, deaths, christenings, marriages, wars and coronations, bringing us to where we are today. Take a trip down memory lane and see more than 100 years of British monarchs in this vintage collection:

British Monarchy Vintage Pictures
Boy King George V
Princess Beatrice
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See the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in this video clip, which has been restored to color:

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