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The Queen and Prince Philip wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the day of her Coronation in June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II is now Britain's longest serving monarch. During her record reign, which began in 1952, the country has been transformed.

From post-war hardship to the Internet bubble and banking bonanza of the 1990s, "Cool Britannia" to the global financial crisis, she has seen it all.

Here's a look back at the seven decades of boom and bust her reign has spanned.

First published September 9, 2015: 8:43 AM ET

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