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Tribute to the Queen lights up ancient monument as Stonehenge goes multi-coloured for Her Majesty

In a magical merger of history and pageantry, English Heritage has illuminated Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain with eight images of the Queen’s 70-year reign, starting with her coronation in 1953, to mark the Platinum Jubilee

The illuminated stone circle on Salisbury Plains, Wiltshire, included a black and white photograph of the now 96-year-old at her coronation in June 1953, when she was just 27.

The Queen’s love for animals was also celebrated within the photos, which include her riding a horse and walking her beloved corgis in the 1960s and 1980s.

The illuminated stone circle on Salisbury Plains, Wiltshire, included a black and white photograph of the now 96-year-old at her coronation in June 1953, when she was just 27

The illuminated stone circle on Salisbury Plains, Wiltshire, included a black and white photograph of the now 96-year-old at her coronation in June 1953, when she was just 27

In one image from the 1960s the Queen, who has been riding since the age of three, was seen racing her horse wearing a smart riding jacket and headscarf.

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Another shot depicted her walking some of her corgis at the Cross Country course on the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980.

The monarch wore a colourful navy, white and gold headscarf while watching her horse Barber’s Shop win at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2017, in a more recent photo. 

Other pictures used in the celebrative light show included shots of the monarch’s colourful wardrobe.

One stone showed the Queen in a polka-dot marigold printed pleated dress and a matching turban-style hat during a state visit to Mexico in February 1975.

Another shot (above) depicted her walking some of her corgis at the Cross Country course on the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980

Another shot (above) depicted her walking some of her corgis at the Cross Country course on the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980

More recently she wore an elegant pink coat, with striking black buttons and a flower-adorned hat on a joint engagement with the Duchess of Cambridge to King’s College London in 2019.

While English Heritage manages the Stonehenge site, the monument is owned by the Crown and the National Trust owns the surrounding land.

The charity is also hosting family events across many of its sites nationwide until June 5 and will be part of the nationwide beacon lighting on June 2.

Previously Stonehenge was lit up with photos to celebrate eight ‘unsung champions of heritage’ who continued working on community, heritage and arts projects during the Covid crisis in 2020.

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