Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of all her other realms and territories, Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England, reaches a special milestone on February 6, 2012. This day marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, making her the second-longest reigning British monarch. Born in 1926, the Queen was the elder daughter of the the Duke and Duchess of York, the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. In 1947 the then Princess Elizabeth married Lt. Philip Mountbatten, formerly Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. They are the parents of Charles, Prince of Wales (b. 1948); Anne, the Princess Royal (b. 1950); Andrew, Duke of York (b. 1960) and Edward, Earl of Wessex (b. 1964). Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in June 1953. She has been lauded for her strong sense of duty and dedication to her role as queen and head of the Church of England. Numerous events are scheduled for 2012 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, a rare historical event, as only Queen Victoria has surpassed her in being the longest reigning monarch in British history. God save the Queen. Photos by Corbis.