The Queen was still a young princess aged just 25 when she received the news that her father George VI had died in his sleep at his beloved Sandringham in Norfolk.
Her tour of Kenya had to be abandoned and she flew back to Britain as Queen.
We've been taking a look at the huge part that Sandringham has played in her life.
Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray
We asked some Norfolk schoolchildren to tell us what they knew about the Queen.
"She's posh, because she's got a nice house and it's gold with big rooms".
The Queen was 25 years old when she received the news that her father George VI had died at SandringhamRead the full story ›
The family of 85-year-old John Boon from Luton who died following a road traffic collision in last week has paid tribute to him.Read the full story ›
Next month the Queen will become the longest serving Monarch in British History, and here on ITV News Anglia we'd like to hear your memories of her reign.
If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region, then we'd like you to get in touch.
Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?
If you'd like to take part then email us at anglianews at itv.com, send us a message via Facebook or Twitter or you can write to us, at ITV News Anglia, Anglia House, Norwich Norfolk, NR1 3JG
The Prime Minister David Cameron has backed calls by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for more privacy for their children, saying that he has "every sympathy".
Kensington Palace released an open letter yesterday claiming the couple's two-year-old son Prince George is being harassed by paparazzi photographers, some of whom the Palace says will go to any lengths to get pictures of the young prince.
In one recent incident, photographers were found hiding on private land near the couple's Norfolk home Anmer Hall. The Prime Minister said today that they deserve "some privacy and some space" to bring up their family.
Here is the letter from the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge's communications secretary about the "harassment" of Prince George.Read the full story ›
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge complain about "extreme" and "increasingly dangerous" tactics used by paparazzi to photograph Prince George.Read the full story ›
As the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the Sandringham Flower Show this morning, well-wishers lined up to greet them.
One little girl was waiting, bouquet in hand, ready to hand it to the royals.
But five year old Pleasance Allen was a little overwhelmed by the Duchess of Cornwall - after handing the bouquet to Camilla she hid behind her mother.
More showers across the Anglia region in what seems to be turning into a bit of a soggy summer but that is good news for the garden.
Thousands of gardening enthusiasts from across the country have been descending on the Queen's Norfolk estate for some top tips at the Sandringham Flower Show
Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall also turned out for what's become an annual occasion in the diary of the royals.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers