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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years as the reigning monarch of Britain in 2012.
While the anniversary of her becoming Queen is on February 6, the formal celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee are from June 2 5, 2012. Here louis vuitton artsy gm cost is a look back at her life and reign the second longest in British history. 1936: Elizabeth's grandfather, King George V, dies. George's eldest son ascends the throne as King Edward VIII, but abdicates within the year. Elizabeth's father becomes King George VI, and Elizabeth becomes first in line to the throne. October, louis vuitton bags price in qatar 1940: Princess Elizabeth delivers her first public speech on the BBC's Children's Hour radio program, addressing children who had to be evacuated because of the war. She is louis vuitton shoes black 14 years old. Video from the Royal Family's Youtube channel. 1945: Princess Elizabeth is made a Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and by the end of the war, she reaches the rank of Junior Commander. She becomes a qualified driver and mechanic and drives a military truck. According to the New York Times, the Queen is currently the last surviving head of state who served in uniform during the Second World War. November 20, 1947: Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece, and a great great grandson of Queen Victoria. November 14, 1948: Princess Elizabeth has her first child, louis vuitton purses 2015 Prince Charles. August 15, 1950: Princess Elizabeth has a daughter, Princess Anne. February 6, 1952: Elizabeth's father, King George VI, dies. Elizabeth accedes to the throne. She hears the news while on a visit to Kenya, and has to cut the tour short to return home as Queen. She is 25 years old. June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth's coronation. According to the Royal Family's website, it is the first time television cameras are allowed inside Westminster Abbey for a state function. Sales of television sets go up in the weeks leading up to the event. The footage is shipped to Canada and around the world for people to watch. The video below is part of a film, to Reign Over Us, by Lord John Wakehurst, about the King's death and the Queen's coronation. This part shows footage of the coronation and associated celebrations. Video from the Royal Family's Youtube channel. Winter, 1953: The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, embark on a tour of the Commonwealth countries. 1957: The Queen visits New York and addresses the United Nations General Assembly. On the same tour, she visits Ottawa and opens Parliament. 1960s: The British Empire slowly shrinks as countries in Africa and elsewhere gain independence. The process takes decades. The Queen eventually remains head of state for 15 countries outside of the United Kingdom: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Canada, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands. Most former British colonies join the Commonwealth. February 19, 1960: The Queen gives birth to Prince Andrew, her third child. March 10, 1964: The Queen gives birth to Prince Edward, her fourth and last child. July 1, 1969: Charles is named the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne. 1977: The Queen celebrates her Silver Jubilee,for 25 years on the throne. VIDEO of the celebrations, from the Royal Family's Youtube channel. July 29, 1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in a widely televised event. The Queen attends as mother of the groom. September 14, 1981: Shots are fired as the Queen participates in the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. It turns out that they were blanks, fired by a teenager. The youth pleads guilty to charges under the Treason Act. 1982: The Pope visits England, the first pope to do so in 450 years. The Queen receives him in her capacity as the head of the Church of England. 1992: The Queen's horribilus. Her son Prince Andrew and his wife separate, her daughter Princess Anne divorces her husband, her heir Prince Charles formally separates from his wife Diana, and a significant portion of Windsor Castle is destroyed by fire. Link The Queen's horribilus speech. August 31, 1997: Princess Diana, Prince Charles' former wife, is killed in a car crash in Paris. The royal family goes into seclusion, prompting a public outcry, until the Queen finally delivers a speech the day before Diana's funeral. 1999: The Queen opens the newly created National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament. 2002: The Queen marks her Golden Jubilee, 50 years on the throne. Her sister and mother die the same year, less than two months apart.
April 29, 2011: The Queen attends the marriage of her grandson, Prince William, to Catherine Middleton. The event is broadcast to millions around the world. Prince William is second in line to the throne, behind his father and the current heir, Prince Charles.
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