Queen Elizabeth II has had many causes for celebration during her 60 year reign – for instance, the birth of two of her children, the weddings of her sister and four children, the birth of grandchildren. And there have been other, more formal celebrations. Her Coronation on 2nd June 1953 was, of course, the first and most spectacular. The investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales took place on 1st July 1969.
On 20th November 1972 the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their Silver Wedding (25th Anniversary). The Silver Jubilee, marking the 25th Anniversary of the Queen’s accession, was widely and enthusiastically celebrated, especially on Jubilee Day, 7th June, the Bank Holiday called to mark the occasion.
In 1997 the Queen and Consort celebrated their Golden Wedding (50thAnniversary) followed in 2002 by another golden occasion – the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The highlight was the amazing Golden Jubilee Weekend, four days of street parties, fireworks, concerts at the palace and a massive parade down the Mall, culminating in a flypast featuring Concorde and the Red Arrows.
2007 saw a unique royal event: the first Diamond Wedding to be celebrated by a British monarch. Now we look forward to the second ever Diamond Jubilee.