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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation 2 June
1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath

Queen Elizabeth II is crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London.

Photograph of a police officer patrolling the grounds of Buckingham Palace 9 July
1982: Queen fends off bedroom intruder
A man breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends ten minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh 7 June
1977: Queen celebrates Silver Jubilee
More than one million people line the streets of London as the Queen marks the start of her silver jubilee.

The Queen 23 December
1992: Queen's Christmas speech leaked
The BBC investigates a leak which led to the Queen's Christmas speech being published in a national newspaper.

The Queen and the Pope 17 October
1980: Pope welcomes Queen to the Vatican
The Queen makes the first state visit to the Vatican by a British monarch and is received by the Pope.

Queen Elizabeth II
15 Aug 1950: Princess gives birth to second child

15 Feb 1952: King George VI is laid to rest

08 Feb 1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK

25 Dec 1952: Queen makes first Christmas speech

16 Apr 1953: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia

15 May 1954: Queen returns after lengthy voyage

16 Dec 1955: Queen opens London Airport terminal

17 Oct 1956: Queen switches on nuclear power

09 Jun 1958: Queen opens revamped Gatwick

26 Jun 1959: Queen and Eisenhower open seaway

20 Sep 1967: Queen Elizabeth 2 takes to the waves

18 May 1972: Duke too ill for tea with the Queen

14 Nov 1973: Crowds cheer marriage of Princess Anne

03 Nov 1975: North Sea oil begins to flow

25 Oct 1976: Queen opens National Theatre in London

10 Aug 1977: Tight security for Queen's Irish visit

16 Dec 1977: Queen opens 'tube' link to Heathrow

03 Aug 1978: Queen opens Commonwealth Games

05 Jul 1979: Queen oversees Manx millennium

27 Aug 1979: IRA bomb kills Lord Mountbatten

05 Sep 1979: Mountbatten buried after final parade

13 Jun 1981: Queen shot at by youth

29 Jul 1981: Charles and Diana marry

14 Sep 1981: Queen's 'fantasy assassin' jailed

03 Mar 1982: Queen opens Barbican Centre

23 Jul 1986: Prince Andrew weds Sarah Ferguson

19 Mar 1992: Fergie and Andrew split

20 Nov 1992: Blaze rages in Windsor Castle

26 Nov 1992: Queen to be taxed from next year

29 Apr 1993: Queen to open Palace doors

06 May 1994: President and Queen open Chunnel

09 Mar 1995: Queen marks peace in Belfast

20 Dec 1995: 'Divorce': Queen to Charles and Diana

12 Apr 2000: Queen honours NI police

30 Mar 2002: Queen Mother dies

09 Apr 2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla
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