The Queen to mark 61st anniversary of her accession

The Queen will mark the 61st anniversary of her accession to the throne privately at Sandringham today.

She became monarch on the death of her father King George VI died on February 6 1952 at the royal estate in Norfolk after suffering from lung cancer.

The Queen after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA/PA Archive

The Queen was thousands of miles away at the time in Kenya with the Duke of Edinburgh, when she learnt of his death and the royal couple returned to Britain.

The Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh return to the UK after the sudden death of her father. Credit: PA/PA Wire

Most years the Queen does not attend public engagements on the day of her accession instead preferring to mark the anniversary of her father's death in private.