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Rare, classic photos of Queen Elizabeth II

By Ben Cosgrove, Life.com
June 2, 2013 -- Updated 1538 GMT (2338 HKT)
Queen Mother Elizabeth, from left, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II attend Princess Margaret's wedding in 1960. Queen Mother Elizabeth, from left, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II attend Princess Margaret's wedding in 1960.
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Informal portraits of Elizabeth II
Informal portraits of Elizabeth II
Informal portraits of Elizabeth II
Informal portraits of Elizabeth II
Informal portraits of Elizabeth II
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(CNN) -- Anyone who has remained in power for longer than many people remain alive -- even if that power is far more symbolic than practical -- deserves attention. And when it comes to England's Queen Elizabeth II, paying attention is something the world has been doing for a long, long time.

Here, on the 60th anniversary of her coronation, LIFE.com offers a series of informal portraits of the queen, including several that never ran in the magazine. See the entire gallery and read the full story on Life.com.

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