Queen Elizabeth II

She’s done so much over such a long period of time, that it is hard to quantify and there simply is no one else comparable. Queen Elizabeth II reigned during a period of change that threatened the monarchy on many fronts. The media revolution put a largely unaccountable institution under unprecedented scrutiny and took away some of the mystique that made it so intriguing. the Queen has a unique ability to turn threats into opportunities and she embraced the media and used it to connect with her subjects, most famously by inviting cameras to film her on walkabouts and among the people.

She televised the Christmas message and in doing so inserted herself into the most intimate family moment of the British year. Queen Elizabeth II is a Wimage hero because she is loved by millions, and at the time of writing this profile, has been on the throne for 69 years. An incredible achievement, which makes her Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.