Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne this week, a reign that has covered 12 U.S. presidents.
Since the 1950s, from White House state dinners to tours of Buckingham Palace, the 86-year-old queen has met with all sitting U.S. presidents but one — Lyndon B. Johnson.
Diamond Jubilee celebrations this week are highlighting the queen’s life and work. Soggy weather didn’t divert the 1,000-boat escort of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, as the parade floated down the Thames River on Sunday.
Members of the British royal family, including Catherine, duchess of Cambridge; Prince Philip; Camilla, duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Queen Elizabeth II; Prince William; and Prince Harry line the railing on the royal barge “Spirit of Chartwell” during the Thames River procession. Photo by Darren Staples/AFP/Getty Images.
Buckingham Palace is staging a concert featuring Elton John and Paul McCartney on Monday night. Festivities will culminate Tuesday in a thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the site where Prince Charles and Lady Diana famously wed, followed by a Union Jack-lined carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace, where the royals are expected to appear on the balcony.
Thousands of spectators lined the Thames River to see the 1,000-strong flotilla accompany the queen’s ship on Sunday. Photo by Owen Humphreys/AFP/GettyImages.
- CNN takes a look at the queen’s reign by the numbers and presents a slideshow of a year in her life.
- The Telegraph has a video highlighting events of her 60-year reign.
- The BBC reports on the home movies, some of which the queen recorded, that Prince Charles recently presented as a tribute to his mother.