Elizabeth II will mark 60 years on the throne

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth marks a major milestone today — 60 years on the throne.

The young Princess Elizabeth found herself the British monarch Feb. 6, 1952, when her father, King George VI, died after years of poor health.

Elizabeth’s coronation was the first such ceremony to be televised with millions watching live on the BBC and millions of others watching films of the event in the United States and Canada hours later.

Elizabeth usually marks the anniversary of her coronation quietly, but a number of events are planned throughout the year.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, and other members of the royal family, plan to visit all the countries where she is head of state, including Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, and Belize.

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