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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year to mark sixty years on the throne.
Elizabeth II became Queen in February of 1952 after the death of her father King George VI. She was crowned Queen in June of 1953; hers was the first coronation in English history to be broadcast on television.
The Queen began celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on March 8, with a series of tours across the nation, which will last until July 25 of this year.
According to the official website for the Diamond Jubilee “The UK visits are a way for The Queen to say thank you to her loyal subjects and will provide the British public with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of, or even meet, The Queen in the 60th year of her glorious reign.”
A series of events are planned to help the Queen celebrate her sixty years on the throne. There will be a pageant held on the famed River Thames, a service of Thanksgiving, which is a special mass to be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral and a special cooking competition called Cook for the Queen.
The Jubilee website calls the cook off “A cooking competition launched by The Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in partnership with the Diamond Jubilee British Food Fortnight. [It is] open to school children between the ages of 10 and 15 from primary and secondary schools across the UK.
In years past Queen Elizabeth celebrated two other jubilees. In 1977 she celebrated 25 years on the throne with a silver Jubilee and in 2002 the Golden Jubilee marked 50 years as Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II is the grandmother to Britain’s famed Princes William and Harry. She is only the sixth female to rule the country, and only the second monarch in English history to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.
Her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Queen Victoria died in 1901 and remains today the longest reigning monarch in British history. Victoria ruled for 64 years.
Although sometimes misunderstood by the rest of the world, the British monarchy has survived and evolved through hundreds of years of world history. Today the Royals stand as a symbol of British tradition and pride.