Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, and Head of the Commonwealth, in Westminster Abbey on 2 June, 1953 at the age of 27, the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, and the great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
She celebrated her Silver and Golden Jubilees in 1977 and 2002 respectively, her 80th birthday in 2006, and in 2012 celebrates 60 years on the throne, equalling Victoria as the only British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.
In an age when photography has become the ubiquitous medium, the Queen has been one of the most photographed women in the world, with strong media interest ever since the days of her childhood as a young princess.
This selection of 20 postcards - taken from the Ammonite Press book Queen Elizabeth II - is a celebration of an outstanding figure in British history. Each postcard, which on the flip side includes detailed information on the photograph, can be peeled off and mailed, or kept as a memento.
All images were hand-picked from the vast archives of the Press Association.