September 30, 2022

The aging video begins with a photo of the Queen at age 1

Stunning time-lapse photos show the Queen smiling throughout her life and reign

A viral video posted to Twitter on the eve of the Queen’s funeral documents how Her Majesty the Queen grew from a young girl to the time she fought World War II and ascended to the crown, smiling every step of the way.

The aging video begins with a photo of one-year-old Lilipet – as she was nicknamed – looking directly at the camera with her blonde hair curled in multiple directions as she wears a white dress and pearl necklace.

She quickly steps up to show her at the age of five, holding someone’s arm while smiling softly in a pink dress. At the age of 10, she was photographed looking more stoic when her father, George VI, took over the casting.

From there, the video quickly rebounds, showing her as a 14-year-old with a barrette holding her hair back as she wears a light-colored dress to appear five years later in her uniform as a junior commander of British forces. She felt under her hat as she seemed proud to serve her country.

The next image in the video jumps up a few years later to show Elizabeth smiling in her tiara and jewelry as she takes the throne as Queen at the age of 25.

Then she shows her throughout her seven decades on the throne – at 32, 36, 41, 46, 51, 56 and 61, and she pops onto the camera at every age.

Eventually, she transformed into the old grandmother everyone loved, still wearing her tiara and jewelry into her late 80s, and smiling broadly at the camera every time, until the last photo taken just last year, when she wore a violet jacket covering a floral top with Matching sun hat.

The video was originally published on September 8, the date of Her Majesty’s death in Scotland, via an Instagram account dedicated to portraits of the royal family.

The headline captioned: “Rip, Your Majesty, thank you for serving as Queen for 70 years and for all you have done for Britain and the Commonwealth.”

But the video was repeated again on Sunday when it was posted to Twitter by @HrrysGreySuit and shared by BBC presenter John Kay before the Queen’s funeral.

And it ends with a photo of Her Majesty taken only last year

A viral video documenting the Queen’s life from one year living in London in 1927 during her seven decades as Queen, ending with a photo of Her Majesty taken just last year.

Queen Elizabeth was photographed waiting in the drawing room before receiving new Prime Minister Liz Truss in her last before her death

Queen Elizabeth was photographed waiting in the drawing room before receiving new Prime Minister Liz Truss in her last before her death

The video comes as dignitaries from around the world make their way to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects ahead of the Queen’s funeral tomorrow.

Newly appointed King Charles III and Queen Camilla were seen greeting US President Joe Biden, who arrived in a private car, and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, at a gleaming but sad event – none like him. It has been seen since the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, in 1952, more than 70 years ago.

Ireland’s President Michael de Higgins has also been photographed resigning from a coach alongside Spain’s former King and Queen, Juan Carlos and Sofia, as well as Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in front of the British royal family. The couple met hundreds of dignitaries, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and other serving members of the royal family, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, joined Charles and Queen Consort in mingling with guests including Emperor Naruhito of Japan and the kings and queens of the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

Several dignitaries were already watching the Queen’s coffin in the heart of the old parliament after being given a dignitary ultimatum as ordinary mourners queued all night long to pay their respects to the leaders of the free world.

Prime Minister Liz Truss and cabinet ministers were also seen making their way to tonight’s sparkling state reception, which was held at the portrait gallery and government apartments, featuring drinks and appetizers.

Many have also compared the Queen’s state funeral, which will see 1,000 world leaders in attendance, to Nelson Mandela’s memorial in 2013 in South Africa which should have been held in a stadium due to the huge number of mourners in the world.

Descendants of Queen Elizabeth II (clockwise from center front) Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil

Descendants of Queen Elizabeth II (clockwise from center front) Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil

President Emmanuel Macron (right) and his wife Brigitte (left) arrive to attend the sparkling state reception that will be held in the portrait gallery and government apartments and will include drinks and appetizers.

President Emmanuel Macron (right) and his wife Brigitte (left) arrive to attend the sparkling state reception that will be held in the portrait gallery and government apartments and will include drinks and appetizers.

President Biden and First Lady Jill (both pictured upon their arrival at Buckingham Palace) were seen standing on a VIP balcony overlooking the Queen’s casket this afternoon, constantly guarded and draped in flags.

The Queen’s funeral guests were asked to wear lounge suits and a morning dress in place of ball gowns and a white tie, as would be expected at a regular formal event at the King’s London home. But some were allowed to opt for traditional clothing.

Reports also indicate that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “not invited” to an official reception of world leaders and foreign royals this evening.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are believed to have been invited to the event, which was hosted by King Charles and the Queen, earlier in the week.

But the couple is unlikely to attend now that officials at Buckingham Palace have insisted the reception was for members of the royal family only, understandably.

The confusion over Harry and Meghan’s invitation points to communication problems between the California-based couple and the royal family, according to the Daily Telegraph. It comes after an apparent shift on Harry’s right to wear a military uniform despite being a non-working royal.

The palace is understood to have intervened to allow Harry to wear his emblems at a 15-minute vigil in Westminster Hall yesterday. Harry had previously said he would wear his morning suit at all funerals.

The funeral of the only king most Britons have ever known includes the largest security operation London has ever seen.

The authorities face the challenge of keeping 500 world leaders safe, without raising too many diplomatic feathers.

Presidents, prime ministers and the royal family will gather outside the site before being bused to the Abbey – although there is an exception for Biden, who is expected to arrive in his armored limousine, known as The Beast.

Another challenge is the sheer size of the crowds that are expected to gather around Westminster Abbey and along the route the coffin will travel after the funeral, past Buckingham Palace to Hyde Park.

From there it will be flown about 20 miles to Windsor, where another 2,000 police will be on duty.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said the state funeral tomorrow would present an ‘unprecedented’ security challenge, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering in central London and a funeral guest list of 500 emperors, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and other leaders from around the world.

“It’s been decades since so many world leaders were in one place,” Khan said. “This is unprecedented…in terms of the different things we play.”

“There may be bad people out there who want to harm individuals or some of our world’s leaders,” he told The Associated Press.

“So we are working incredibly hard – the police, the security services and many, many others – to make sure this state funeral is as successful as it can be.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Conde said the “extremely complex” policing operation is the largest in the history of the London force, surpassing the 2012 London Olympics.

“Our response here in London will be proportionate and balanced, and officers will only take action when absolutely necessary,” he said.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley also said the goal was to keep the event safe “and try to do it in as unobtrusive a way as possible, because obviously this is a formal occasion.”

Metropolitan Police officers were seen patrolling Buckingham Palace on Sunday, ahead of the Queen's funeral

Metropolitan Police officers were seen patrolling Buckingham Palace on Sunday, ahead of the Queen’s funeral

Some of the crowd camped in the mall near Buckingham Palace before the funeral on Sunday

Some of the crowd camped in the mall near Buckingham Palace before the funeral on Sunday

Heads of state arrive at Buckingham Palace by bus, to meet King Charles III, in London - the only world leader believed to have arrived by other means of transport is US President Joe Biden who was allowed to be in the presidential car - a monster

Heads of state arrive at Buckingham Palace by bus, to meet King Charles III, in London – the only world leader believed to have arrived by other means of transport is US President Joe Biden who was allowed to be in the presidential car – a monster

More than 10,000 police officers are due on duty on Monday, with London officers complemented by reinforcements from all 43 British police forces. Hundreds of volunteers and members of the armed forces will also serve as guards along the motorcade route.

It’s just the most visible part of a security operation being run from a high-tech control center near Lambeth Bridge, not far from Parliament.

Street drains and rubbish bins are being inspected and closed. Tomorrow there will be police watchers on the rooftops, sniffer dogs on the streets, Marines officers on the Thames and police on horseback.

Drones have been temporarily banned over central London, and Heathrow Airport has grounded dozens of flights so aircraft noise does not disturb the funeral service.

The Queen will be buried at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, along with her husband Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99.

The service, which will be shown live on BBC and ITV, as well as 150 UK cinemas, is expected to be watched by up to 4.1 billion people worldwide.

After the service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to Windsor where there will be solemn service tomorrow evening.