Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on throne
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves church in King's Lynn on Sunday.
February 6th, 2012
04:31 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on throne

Sixty years ago Monday, a 25-year-old woman visiting a remote part of Kenya got a message that her father had died.

She cut her trip short and flew home to London. Prime Minister Winston Churchill met her at the airport - because with her father dead, she had become Queen Elizabeth II.

Celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee, marking six decades on the throne, officially begin Monday and continue through June, when London will mark the anniversary of her coronation with festivities including up to 1,000 boats sailing up the River Thames.

On Monday, the queen thanked the public "for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and (my husband) Prince Philip over these years."

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  1. Ezemonye Kingsley

    God bless the Queen!

    February 6, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mike Olowolohun

    It is a rear priviledge to live such a long life on any throne . it shows HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN is highly favoured by THE ALMIGHTY GOD. Wishing Her Majesty all round peace in the remaining days on the throne

    February 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mike Olowolohun

    As Her Majesty had promised to serve Her people the more, let Her service be recognised by Heaven

    February 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bamidele

    I think the queen has spent enough time on the throne.The west should force her out like Colonel Gadaffi if they are just.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. william akpobarho osimiri

    long live my dear queen & happy celebrations but why did u grant my country nigeria independence? w'r more confused & divided than u left us.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Black Rat

    Somebody has to be mean aint no sense in everbody being a kiss a$$ btw @william thats what people of her color does divid and conquer then get praised for being evil

    February 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. L.A. Law

    60 yrs??? What a crime.... don't they have term limits over there? That's almost as long as Fidel Castro in Cuba. Its just not right. The U.S. should throw them out too.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Greek American

    Yeah right! Why don't you go and take a general poll of English citizens asking them how they feel about the Queen and the royal family. They'll tell you how sick and tired they all are of paying ridiculously high taxes that mostly go to support this useless, rich family, which does nothing for anybody in England. Oh except for the usual gratuitous minimal charity stuff that is a cover for many rich people so as to make it look as if they care.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. the Internet Comic

    60 years on the throne? I know old people sometimes have problems with their digestive tract, but this lady needs to see a doctor. BDUMP BUMP.

    Thank you, thank you. I'm here all week. Try the deep sea giant shrimp-like creatures.

    February 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. MOSEBOLATAN

    She is a woman other women should b proud of. Pls use d remainin days on earth 2serve God. Happy celebration d queen!!

    February 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Alex

    Igbo land , my people complained bitterly against her 1967 – 1969 that is my own story.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
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