Queen Elizabeth II meets Coldsteam Guards at Victoria Barracks after colours presentation
The Queen

In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth II With The Military

Her Majesty, crowned on this day in 1953, was the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Forces as a full-time member.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Coldsteam Guards at Victoria Barracks after colours presentation

It is 67 years since the Her Majesty the Queen's coronation at Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June 1953, when she was 27 years old and 16 months into her role as sovereign.

The Queen celebrated her 94th birthday earlier this year, although the traditional gun salutes did not take place, in what is believed to be a first, due to the coronavirus crisis.

Her Majesty has had a long, established relationship with the UK Armed Forces.

It began during World War Two, when as Princess Elizabeth, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. 

She signed up in 1945, aged 18, and become the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Forces as a full-time member, learning to maintain and drive vehicles.

After the war, her bond with the military has continued to grow.

Cover Image: Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the Coldstream Guards at Victoria Barracks in 2012 (Picture: Crown Copyright).