During her more than 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth has seen it all. In 265 official overseas visits to 116 countries, she’s immersed herself in the food, music and customs of many different cultures – capturing the hearts of citizens along the way.
It’s clear that the Queen’s frequent travels help her to feel deeply connected to her people. (She once said that when England’s cricket team is playing the West Indies or Australia, she finds it difficult to choose which team to support.)
During her travels – on which she has almost invariably been accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh – the Queen has proven that, despite what royal protocol may suggest, she’s flexible and open-minded. Whether riding a giant elephant, being carried in a canoe or visiting a nation in crisis, Her Majesty always manages to remain cool, calm and collected.
It’s impossible to pick the most significant trips of her reign; after all, each one is uniquely significant to the citizens of that country. Better, then, to pick a few highlights – and amazing photographs – from her remarkable globetrotting life....