AP PHOTOS: Catching a glimpse of the queen over the decades

New York City policemen push against police stanchions at Park Avenue and 50th street, New York on Oct. 21, 1957 in effort to contain crowd attempting to view Queen Elizabeth II as she drove to the hotel Waldorf-Astoria.
People look out from a window as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives to inspect an honour guard in St George's Square, Valletta, in Malta, Nov. 23, 2005.
Huddled together on the pavement, opposite Westminster Abbey, London on Nov. 20, 1947, these people made sure of their positions for the Royal procession for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
People queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral to pay their respects to late Queen Elizabeth II, in Edinburgh, Sept. 12, 2022.
This is part of the huge crowd that packed sidewalks of New York along lower Broadway on Oct. 21, 1957, as New Yorkers turned out by the thousands to greet visiting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
People wave from a building on the river bank as a flotilla of 1,000 vessels passes on the River Thames to celebrate Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in London, June 3, 2012.
Sarah Edwards, second left, and other members of the public wait in a queue to enter the gardens of Buckingham Palace before a concert for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign during Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London, June 4, 2012.
People lined up to sleep outside Westminster Abbey, London before the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on Nov. 19, 1947.
Young children wait in Ballater, Scotland ahead of the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II before it passes through to make its journey to Edinburgh from Balmoral in Scotland, Sept. 11, 2022.
Young French schoolchildren wait to greet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, when she arrives in Paris, at the start of a four day official visit to France, Paris, on May 15, 1972.
School girls wait to catch a glimpse of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she processes along the Mall in a carriage en route to Buckingham Palace after delivering her speech in the State Opening of Parliament in London, May 9, 2012.
There were some anti-English signs in crowd some spectators gathered in the Waldorf-Astoria area near 50th street and Park Avenue held up these anti-British signs as Queen Elizabeth II drove past during New York City visit on Oct. 21, 1957.
Grace, left, and Anne wait opposite the Palace of Westminster to be first in line to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London, Sept. 12, 2022.
People gather to celebrate for Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Day on Prothero Road, Fulham, in London, May 5, 1977.
People try to take pictures from an adjacent platform of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Baker Street underground station in London, during a visit to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, March 20, 2013.
People wait in line to lay flowers for Queen Elizabeth II in front of Buckingham Palace, in London, Sept. 10, 2022.
People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 12, 2022.
People wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral in London, Sept. 14, 2022.
People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 12, 2022.
People queue to pay their respects to late Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall in London, Sept. 14, 2022.
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LONDON (AP) — From a horde of people huddled on a chilly London sidewalk waiting to catch a glimpse of Princess Elizabeth on her way to marry the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, to a five-mile, 24-hour line of humanity waiting patiently to file past her coffin this week, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has always drawn huge crowds.

Untold millions must have seen her over her 70 globetrotting years on the throne. Schoolchildren hold up a homemade banner proclaiming “God Save the Queen” in Paris in 1972. A sea of humanity packed lower Broadway during a whistle-stop visit to New York in 1957.

The monarch who died Sept. 8 at age 96 was a source of fascination across the decades, across the globe.

Photographs taken throughout her reign show the changing faces and fashions of the crowds who braved cold nights and hot days to see Elizabeth if only for a fleeting second.

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