On the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, February 6, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II visited to Kings Lynn Town Hall in Norfolk, England, near the Sandringham estate. It was at Sandringham that the Queen’s father, King George VI, made recently famous by the success of the film, ‘The King’s Speech,’ died in his sleep on February 6 1952. The Queen was then on a tour of Kenya and flew home upon learning that she had succeeded her father to the throne.
With regards to her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth has sent the following message to the nation: “I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years.”
“In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighborliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the Queen’s “magnificent service,” thanking her for guiding the nation with “dignity and quiet authority.””Always dedicated, always resolute and always respected, she is a source of wisdom and continuity,” Cameron said. “All my life, and for the lives of most people in this country, she has always been there for us. Today, and this year, in the 60th anniversary of her reign, we have the the chance to say thank you.” Photos by Getty Images.