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A black and white 1970 photo of her Majesty and her late husband Prince Philip, as well as Prince Charles and Princess Anne in New Zealand, marks the latest in the series of images being shared to count down to the Platinum Jubilee.
Each of the 70 photos represent a year of the monarch’s seven-decade reign.
The caption for the image, which garnered more than 25,000 likes in an hour, says: ‘The Queen is joined by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Princess Royal on the steps of the Parliament Building in Wellington, New Zealand following the State Opening of Parliament.’
Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles (L-R) pictured in 1970 on the steps of the Parliament Building in Wellington, during a tour of New Zealand
Another picture taken around the same time show the family arriving in New Zealand for the 1970 tour
Explaining the significance of the countdown, the caption also says: ‘Over the next 70 days, as we countdown to the Platinum Jubilee Celebration Weekend, we’ll be sharing an image a day of The Queen – each representing a year of Her Majesty’s 70-year long reign.’
Today’s image followed a 1969 picture of her Majesty riding on the London Underground.
The colour image shows the monarch beaming inside the train, which has a sign on it that says ‘Oxford Circus’.
Its caption reads: ‘The Queen is pictured in the driver’s cab of an underground train as she opens a new section of the Victoria Line.
The Royal Family shared this image on Instagram yesterday, as part of its countdown to the Platinum Jubilee. It shows Queen Elizabeth on the London Underground in 1969
Another pictured posted recently by the account includes this image of the Queen receiving a bouquet of flowers from Fijian Princess Adi Kaunilotuma during a royal tour to Fiji in 1963
‘In 2016 it was revealed that the new crossrail line would be named the Elizabeth line in honour of Her Majesty.’
Her Majesty, who ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, is the first British royal to reach to reach the Platinum Jubilee.
The historic milestone will be celebrated over a four-day bank holiday weekend, from 2nd -5th June. To mark the date, public events and community activities will be held, among other celebrations.
Despite the magnitude of the event, the extent of the Queen’s public involvement is not yet clear, due to her recent mobility and health issues.