When The Australian Women’s Weekly published its very first edition on June 10, 1933, Princess Elizabeth was just seven years old and the idea that she would one day be Queen was not yet in anyone’s thoughts.
But even so, there was no question that the world was fascinated by the life of then-Prince Albert’s oldest daughter. And that was reflected in the constant coverage in our pages of the young Princess’ life, from those early days through to her wedding, her coronation, her life as both mother and monarch, and far beyond.
In honour of the late Queen Elizabeth, exactly one year on from her death, we’ve revisited every time Her Majesty graced the cover of The Weekly.
In January 1948, an image of then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding day was featured on The Weekly’s cover.
In January 1950, Elizabeth graced The Weekly’s cover; this time with her son Charles (who, you know, is now the King of England).
This beautiful illustrative cover of Elizabeth and her sister Margaret as children was released in April 1950.
Also released in April 1950 (back when we were releasing weekly rather than monthly), was this stunning cover featuring Elizabeth in a bewitching blue gown.
1953 marked the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and so, she appeared on The Weekly’s cover a number of times.
This was the cover of a special coronation ‘souvenir edition’ of The Weekly in 1953.
This illustrative cover of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip was released in early February 1954.
In March 1954, Queen Elizabeth and Robert Menzies, the 12th Prime Minister of Australia, were on The Weekly’s cover.
A delightful portrait of the Queen (which was new at the time) was The Weekly’s cover in May 1956.
A bejewelled and smiling Queen Elizabeth graced the cover in August 1959.
Pretty in white fur; this cover featuring the Queen was released in October 1963.
In August 1964, Queen Elizabeth and her newborn son Prince Edward featured on The Weekly’s cover.
In honour of their 30-year wedding anniversary, in November 1977, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were on the cover.
Along with Prince William and a very young Prince George, the Queen was on this May 2016 cover of The Weekly.
In 2020, Queen Elizabeth graced our cover once more.
After the death of Prince Philip on April 9, 2021, The Weekly featured him and the Queen on the May 2021 cover.
We dubbed the June 2022 edition of The Weekly as a ‘Platinum Jubilee special’ in honour of The Queen celebrating 70 years on the throne. Naturally, she was on the cover.
After her death, we ran two issues with the late Queen on the cover. This was the cover of our November 2022 issue.
And this was the cover of our special edition issue solely dedicated to Queen Elizabeth, released a year ago in 2022.