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Wednesday, 6 February, 2002, 16:22 GMT
Picture gallery: Accession Day
The Queen usually spends Accession Day - 6 February - in private at Windsor Castle, as the date marks the death of her father from lung cancer.

But on the 50th anniversary of coming to the throne she broke with tradition, as the nation honoured its long-standing sovereign:

The Queen out riding
The Queen began the day with an early morning ride

Queen
She left Sandringham to open a cancer unit in King's Lynn

Salute at Tower Bridge
Gunshots rang out across London with a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London...

Artillery guns are fired
.. and 41 more at Hyde Park. Twenty one marking the occasion, 20 more because it was in a royal park

The Royal Mail's news commemorative stamps
Changing face: Five new stamps were issued depicting the Queen over her reign to date


Remembering the day

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