A look back at images and video that captured some of the key moments and milestones of the Queen's 60-year reign.
The Queen's Coronation took place on the 2 June 1953 after she acceded to the throne after her father King George VI died.
Former Tory MP and keen film-maker Lord John Wakehurst covered the Queen's Coronation in his film "Long to Reign Over Us: The Queen’s Accession.
Later that year, Elizabeth II embarked on her first Commonwealth tour, as Queen. It lasted six-months and encompassed the West Indies, Australia, Asia and Africa.
One of the highlights of the trip was her two-month visit to Australia, where she received a spectacular greeting when she arrived at Sydney Harbour.
In 1957, the Queen made her first televised Christmas Broadcast or "Queen's Speech". It was filmed at Sandringham House in Norfolk.
1961, was the year the Queen hosted US President John F Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline at Buckingham Palace.
By 1965, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had four children.
Prince Charles was born in 1948, and his sister, Princess Anne, two years later. They were joined by Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward, in 1964.
In 1965, the Queen attended the funeral of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
A year later in 1966, the Queen saw England win the World Cup Final against Germany at Wembley Stadium.
Queen Elizabeth II crowned her son Charles, as the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in 1969.
In 1977, after reigning for twenty-five years, the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee.
That same year, the Queen become a grandmother for the first time, when Princess Anne gave birth to her son Peter Phillips.
In 1981, the Queen's eldest son and heir apparent Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.
Less than a year later, in 1982, Princess Diana gave birth to the couple's first son, Prince William.
1992, was in the Queen's words her "Annus Horribilus".
In a speech at Guildhall to mark the 40th anniversary of her Accession, she said:
"1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure."
That year,several Royal marriages had broken down irreconcilably.
Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips were divorced and the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York separated.
In November of that year, there was a huge blaze at Windsor Castle, which is thought to have started when a spotlight ignited a curtain.
Over one hundred rooms were damaged and the castle's restoration cost £40million.
In 1995, the Queen travelled to post-apartheid South Africa as the guest of President Nelson Mandela, it was her first visit to the country since 1947.
In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales and her partner Dodi Fayed died in a car crash in Paris.
The Queen was widely criticised for her actions in the aftermath of the Princess's death and was accused by some of a failure to capture the mood of the nation.
On the eve of Diana's funeral, the Queen addressed the nation and paid tribute to "a exceptional and gifted human being" and said "I admired her and respected her".
In 2000, the Queen saw her mother celebrate her centenary.
In February 2002, the Queen's younger sister Princess Margaret died aged 71.
One month later, the Queen Mother also passed away, aged 101.
Later that year, after 50 years on the throne, the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee. It was marked by events across the UK and Commonwealth.
On June 4, an estimated 1million people headed to central London to line The Mall on the last day of the official celebrations.
Queen guitarist Brian May played 'God Save The Queen' from the roof of Buckingham Palace in her honour.
On April 21 2006, the Queen turned 80. A number of events took place on her official birthday on 17 June 2006.
In 2009, the Queen hosted US President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama during a three-day state visit to the UK.
In 2011, the Queen's grand-son Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
In May 2011, the Queen made a state visit to the Ireland, it was the first by a British monarch since its independence.
And in 2012, the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.