The images may have been carefully selected but they do show a warmer side to the Queen. They include images with family members, including the late Princess Diana, meetings with famous people from around the globe and highlights from her many world tours and state visits.
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards has said the his best images are those when the Queen smiles. He has said that her smile radiates and can make that extra special shot.
Queen Elizabeth II replaced her father, King George VI, as monarch following his death on 6 February 1952.
The exhibition is being held at Windsor Castle and will run from February 4, 2012 until October 28, 2012. Book online here