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 in history. Besides being the longest-reigning British monarch ever, she’s 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 — had all eyes on her as she eventually became the Queen of England. From her royal wedding to Prince Philip in 1947, her coronation to the queen in 1953 and the births of her 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 as the Queen of England. A source close to the royal family exclusively told Closer Weekly that Elizabeth has been grooming Duchess Kate Middleton for the throne ever since her 2011 marriage to Prince William.

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As royal admirers know, the queen’s grandson the Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne behind 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 source continued, pointing out that the royal icon has been spending extra time with her granddaughter-in-law as of late.

“Elizabeth has told Kate never to speak in public about any drama surrounding the family,” the insider added. “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 told Closer Elizabeth couldn’t be more proud of her future successor.

“She is impressed by the way Kate has grown into her role,” the source divulged. “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.”

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

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