Sixty Glorious Years: Accession Day, Jubilee Year, 2012

Today is a momentous occasion: Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, has ruled for sixty years. While her coronation didn’t take place until June 2nd, 1953 (it takes a while to plan an event of that scale!), today marks her accession to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI. The Queen usually marks this day without fanfare, since one can hardly celebrate the death of a parent. Yesterday morning The Queen and Prince Philip attended a service at the Sandringham Church, where she was greeted by well-wishers and three cheers by the crowd to celebrate her sixty years; today Her Majesty was feted by children at a Norfolk school and congratulations from her Prime Minister David Cameron and other dignitaries have been coming in–on Twitter, no less, an indication of just how much Her Majesty has changed with the times!

The Palace also released two official Diamond Jubilee photographs through the official Diamond Jubilee Web site. The portrait shows Her Majesty alongside the Victoria Memorial (a nod to her equally resilient predecessor) at nightfall. With permission of the Royal Household, I give you Her Majesty The Queen:

What a gorgeous portrait!

Today’s Telegraph overflows with commentaries and articles commemorating the occasion, including a very apt message for anti-monarchists, which you should read, if you are so inclined. Who would be the best elected head of state for The  United Kingdom? The Queen, of course!

And finally, the second official Diamond Jubilee portrait includes her stalwart and supportive consort, His Royal Highness Prince Philip:

God Save The Queen! Congratulations on sixty years, your Majesty!

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