It’s official: Today, called Accession Day, marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and kicks off a series of celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee year.Story: 1,000 boats to gather for queen’s 7-mile jubilee flotilla
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The queen came to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952. She celebrated her 25-year Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her 50-year Golden Jubilee in 2002. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.Slideshow: Life of a queen (on this page)
The biggest Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year will take place in London over an extended weekend from June 2 to 5. The festivities will include a flotilla on the River Thames and a concert at Buckingham Palace. Major events also are planned in Commonwealth nations around the world.Story: Spice Girls reuniting for queen's jubilee
The queen, 85, will travel throughout Britain with her husband, Prince Philip, 90, to mark the Jubilee, while their children and grandchildren will travel to Commonwealth countries. Will and Kate will visit Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, while Prince Harry will head to Belize. Prince Charles and Camilla will tour Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.Story: Will and Kate plan Pacific Islands trip for queen's jubilee
Though the party kicks off in June, tributes to the queen to mark the day she took the throne when her father, George VI died, have already started pouring in.In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II marks 60 years on the throne
The queen expressed her gratitude in a written message to the UK. "I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years," she wrote. "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."
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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