Queen Elizabeth’s Iconic Transformation — See the Beloved Royal Monarch Through the Years

It’s no surprise Queen Elizabeth has one of the most iconic transformations ever. Aside from being the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she has accomplished a lot throughout her life at Buckingham Palace.

Even before she ascended to the throne many decades ago, Elizabeth — who was born on April 21, 1926 — worked her way toward becoming the Queen of England. From her royal wedding to Prince Philip in 1947, her coronation in 1953 and the births of her four children, she has proven to be one of the most regal royals out there.

Now that she’s older, however, the queen is beginning to focus on the later stages of her life, which include transitioning out of her role. A source close to the royal family exclusively told Closer Weekly that Elizabeth has been preparing Duchess Kate (née Middleton) for the throne ever since her 2011 marriage to Prince William.

As royal admirers know, the queen’s grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, is second in line to the throne behind his dad, Prince Charles. Because the Duchess of Cambridge will stand as queen alongside her husband one day, “Kate’s learning all the ins and outs,” the source shared in February 2020.

“The queen admires her professionalism, commitment and ability to take royal life in stride without getting flustered,” the insider continued. In order to groom Kate for the role, the royal icon has been giving her granddaughter-in-law some insider advice while spending extra time together.

“Elizabeth has told Kate never to speak in public about any drama surrounding the family,” the source explained. “Instead, the palace always communicates through statements that should be short and factual … Kate has learned a great deal.”

Considering the gorgeous duchess is learning all about being a leader from the queen herself, it’s no surprise the source dished Elizabeth couldn’t be more proud of her future successor.

“She is impressed by the way Kate has grown into her role,” the insider told Closer. “Her warm and caring personality has made her one of the most popular royals of all time. Elizabeth has no doubt that one day Kate will be a great queen.”

Still, no one can replace Elizabeth and her legacy.

Scroll down below to see the ultimate transformation of the queen through the years!

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