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Queen Elizabeth Marks 60-Year Reign With Diamond Jubilee

By History.com Staff
Sixty years ago today, Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne upon the death of her father, King George VI. To mark the anniversary, Commonwealth realms around the world have kicked off a flurry of festivities known as the Diamond Jubilee, which will culminate in a four-day celebration this June. The only other Diamond Jubilee took place in 1897 in honor of Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who remains the longest-serving British monarch in history. Find out more about Elizabeth, Victoria and three earlier English rulers who came close to reaching this milestone.

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Categories: British History, Royalty