June Preview

June looks like it is going to be a fantastic month as summer begins to show here in the UK and the kids are back from school.

It looks to be an equally exciting and interesting time for events and anniversaries. Among those to watch out for this month are:

Story image

The Queen's Second Birthday

Public Birthday - 12th June 2021

Queen Elizabeth II has two birthday's. Her real birthday is in April but her official birthday is held on the second Saturday of June each year.

This second birthday stems from the reign of earlier monarchs such as King Edward VII who had winter birthdays. These monarchs wanted to be able to have a public celebration however, November, which is when Kind Edward the VII was born, is really not the best time in the UK for an outside public event. For this reason they have a public celebration earlier in the year.  

To view a selection of images of the Queen please click here.

Story image

Duke of Edinburgh

100 years since the birth of Prince Philip - 10th June

The 10th June would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday. The Prince once said that he could not imagine anything worse than turning 100. But for us the 10th June will now be a poignant look back at a life of public service. To a man who was husband to a Queen and patron to over 800 organisations.

To see a selection of images from his life please click here.

Story image

Henry Ford

125 years since Henry Ford unveils the “Quadricycle” - 4th June

On the 4th June 1896 in a tiny workshop behind his home in Detroit, Ford put the finishing touches to his pure ethanol-powered "Quadricycle". The success of the little vehicle led to the founding of the Henry Ford Company and then later the Ford Motor Company in 1903.

To see a selection of images please click here.

Story image

1941 Operation Barbarossa

80 years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union - 22nd June

Operation Barbarossa is the code name for Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.

Operation Barbarossa assembled the largest invasion force in history. Over a 2,900km front Nazi Germany invaded with 600,000 motor vehicles, 600,000 horses and about 3 million Axis personnel over the duration of the conflict.

To view a selection of images from this event please click here.


Coming Up in July

  • 85 years since the beginning of the Spanish Civil War - Click Here
  • 200 years since the coronation of King George IV - Click Here
  • 100 years since Adolf Hitler became leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (the Nazi Party) - Click Here

Coming Up in August

  • 60th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall - Click Here
  • Barack Obama's 60th birthday - Click Here
  • 80 years since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin - Click Here


If you would like to see any more of our images on a particular subject or even one we haven't highlighted here please do get in touch. We'd be delighted to help!


+ 44 (0) 20 7751 9308

About akg-images London

akg-images illustrate the history of world culture through an iconographic collection which spans archaeology and history through to performing arts, fine art and photography. Founded in 1945 and still independent, we work with world renowned cultural institutes, artists and private collections enabling media professionals to license unparalleled and unique imagery. We have been working with leading companies worldwide for over 20 years, licensing high quality imagery for a variety of editorial and commercial projects.

Our online collection of over 10 million images covers a variety of topics, including:

-      Fine Art and architecture

-      History and politics

-      Culture (cinema, performing arts, fashion, personalities, sport)

-      Science and Technology

-      Civilisations (archaeology, religion, human activity, maps)

-      Natural History

Get in touch with us to arrange complimentary picture research for your projects. 

akg-images London
Unit 1, 42 Beulah Road
London SW19 3SB