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03 May
1951: King George opens Festival of Britain

28 May
1951: Glasgow powers up for the Festival

08 Feb
1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK

25 Dec
1952: Queen makes first Christmas speech

16 Apr
1953: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia

04 May
1953: Duke of Edinburgh gets his wings

02 Jun
1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath

15 May
1954: Queen returns after lengthy voyage

14 Oct
1954: Ethiopian emperor visits UK

09 Jun
1958: Queen opens revamped Gatwick

20 Sep
1967: Queen Elizabeth 2 takes to the waves

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

09 Jul
1973: Bahamas' sun sets on British Empire

25 Oct
1976: Queen opens National Theatre in London

29 Oct
1976: Duchess opens massive Selby coalfield

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

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

03 Mar
1982: Queen opens Barbican Centre

10 Mar
1988: Avalanche hits royal ski party

25 Jul
1989: Diana opens Landmark Aids Centre

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

16 Nov
1995: Queen mum hip op 'successful'

15 Jan
1997: Princess Diana sparks landmines row

26 May
1998: Veterans reject Japanese 'sorrow'

04 Aug
2000: Queen Mother celebrates centenary

17 Aug
2000: Prince William makes the grade


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