Queen marks 60 year reign

 
 
 
  • Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's 63rd monarch, has steered the monarchy through decades of social change while remaining a symbol of national stability in a shifting world. (AFP)
  • For the six decades the Queen has been an enduring figure in the life of the country as head of state, during her reign she has seen 11 prime ministers come and go with David Cameron her 12th. (AFP)
  • In a message of thanks to the public, the 85-year-old monarch says she has been “deeply moved” by the messages of support she and the Duke of Edinburgh have received over her Diamond Jubilee. (AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by Prince Philip wave to the crowd in 1953 after being crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. (AFP)
  • The Queen Elizabeth II poses on her Coronation day in 1953. The anniversary of her accession – which she learned of while on safari in Kenya – is also the anniversary of the day that her father died, and her mother began a 50-year widowhood. (AFP)
  • During her 60 year reign as Queen she has been well know for her varying hats during public appearances. (AFP)
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  • Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip braved the snow for a village church service on the eve of the Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years of her reign. (Chris Jackson, AFP)
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  • Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama pose with US First Lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in 2011 ahead of a state banquet. (Chris Jackson, AFP)
  • The Queen shares a toast with President Jacob Zuma at a state banquet in Buckingham Palace in 2010. (Lewis Whyld, AFP)
  • In this 2009 picture, the Queen leaves the Houses of Parliament following the annual State Opening of Parliament in London. (AFP)
  • In 2011 the Queen meets with well wishers gathered in Perth for a 'Great Aussie Barbecue' event during public engagements in Australia. (Colin Murty, AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II meets with former South African President, Nelson Mandela during a reception at Buckingham Palace, London in 2003. (AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth looks at some exhibits as she opens an exhibition entitled "Royal Manuscripts: the Genius of Illumination" at the British Library in London in 2011. (Carl Court, AFP)
  • Prince Harry kisses his grandmother as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor. (Sang Tan, AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II speaks during her 2010 address to the house of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster. (Leon Neal, AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II meets performers in a carnival and street theatre company at the Crook Log leisure centre, Bexleyheath. (AFP)
  • The crown of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is carried into the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament in 2004. (AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II reviews Maltese troups as she arrives in Valletta in 2005. (AFP)
  • Queen visited the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in America. (AFP)
  • Prince Charles kisses the hand of his mother after he was presented with a Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to Chelsea Flower Show in London. (AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II and former South African President Thabo Mbeki arrive at Windsor Castle in 2001. (AFP)
  • Queen Elizabeth II poses at Howe Barracks in Canterbury. (AFP)