Key moments in the Queen's 60-year reign

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.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh after the Coronation
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh after the Coronation Credit: PA

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.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen with US President John Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline at Buckingham Palace
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen with US President John Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline at Buckingham Palace Credit: PA

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.

Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Edward with by her family the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne, at Windsor
Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Edward and surrounded by her family at Windsor Credit: PA

In 1965, the Queen attended the funeral of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

A gun carriage carries the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill across Trafalgar Square, London
A gun carriage carries the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill across Trafalgar Square, London Credit: PA

A year later in 1966, the Queen saw England win the World Cup Final against Germany at Wembley Stadium.

England captain Bobby Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy, he collected from the Queen
England captain Bobby Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy, he collected from the Queen Credit: PA Archive

Queen Elizabeth II crowned her son Charles, as the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in 1969.

Queen Elizabeth II crowning her son, Prince Charles, as Prince of Wales during the investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle
Queen Elizabeth II crowning her son, Prince Charles, as Prince of Wales during the investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle Credit: PA Archive

In 1977, after reigning for twenty-five years, the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during a procession to celebrate the Silver Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during a procession to celebrate the Silver Jubilee Credit: PA

That same year, the Queen become a grandmother for the first time, when Princess Anne gave birth to her son Peter Phillips.

The Queen with Princess Anne and her 37 day old son Peter Phillips, at Buckingham Palace, after his christening.
The Queen with Princess Anne and her 37 day old son Peter Phillips, at Buckingham Palace, after his christening in December 1977 Credit: PA

In 1981, the Queen's eldest son and heir apparent Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

Prince Charles kisses his new bride Diana on their wedding day July 29, 1981
Prince Charles kisses his new bride Diana on their wedding day July 29, 1981 Credit: Reuters

Less than a year later, in 1982, Princess Diana gave birth to the couple's first son, Prince William.

The Royal family at Buckingham Palace, London, on the day of Prince William's christening
The Royal family at Buckingham Palace, London, on the day of Prince William's christening Credit: PA

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.

Three Royal marriages broke down in 1992, and there was a huge blaze at Windsor Castle
Three Royal marriages broke down in 1992, and there was a huge blaze at Windsor Castle Credit: PA

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.

Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Georges Cathedral, accompanied by Archbishop Desmond Tutu  and President Nelson Mandela
Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Georges Cathedral, accompanied by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Nelson Mandela Credit: Reuters

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".

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh among floral tributes Princess Diana left by wellwishers
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh among floral tributes Princess Diana left by wellwishers Credit: PA

In 2000, the Queen saw her mother celebrate her centenary.

The Queen Mother arrives at Ascot with the Queen, five days ahead of her centenary celebrations
The Queen Mother arrives at Ascot with the Queen, five days ahead of her centenary celebrations Credit: PA

In February 2002, the Queen's younger sister Princess Margaret died aged 71.

One month later, the Queen Mother also passed away, aged 101.

The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret wave to crowds in London, 1995
The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret wave to crowds in London, 1995 Credit: Reuters

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.

Coloured lights change the appearance of the facade of Buckingham Palace in London commemorate Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee.
Coloured lights change the appearance of the facade of Buckingham Palace in London commemorate Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee Credit: PA

On June 4, an estimated 1million people headed to central London to line The Mall on the last day of the official celebrations.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, ride along The Mall in an open-top car
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, ride along The Mall in an open-top car Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

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.

The Queen outside Windsor Castle on her 80th Birthday on April 21, 2006
The Queen outside Windsor Castle on her 80th Birthday on April 21, 2006 Credit: Reuters

In 2009, the Queen hosted US President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama during a three-day state visit to the UK.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pose with U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pose with U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace Credit: PA

In 2011, the Queen's grand-son Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

The Royal Wedding group after Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials on 29th April 2011
The Royal Wedding group after Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials on 29th April 2011 Credit: St James’s Palace 2011/Hugo Burnand

In May 2011, the Queen made a state visit to the Ireland, it was the first by a British monarch since its independence.

The Queen listens to Ireland's PM Enda Kenny watched by Prince Philip and Kenny's wife Fionnuala
The Queen listens to Ireland's PM Enda Kenny watched by Prince Philip and Kenny's wife Fionnuala Credit: REUTERS/Tony Maxwell/Pool

And in 2012, the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen pictured in her Diamond Jubilee year
The Queen pictured in her Diamond Jubilee year Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire