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Ceremonies

03 May
1951: King George opens Festival of Britain

08 Feb
1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK

15 Feb
1952: King George VI is laid to rest

16 Apr
1953: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia

02 Jun
1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath

03 Jul
1956: Commonwealth heads honoured

20 May
1958: High Wycombe weighs new mayor

09 Jun
1958: Queen opens revamped Gatwick

26 Jun
1959: Queen and Eisenhower open seaway

06 May
1960: Margaret weds Armstrong-Jones

10 Dec
1961: Apartheid attacked at Nobel ceremony

14 May
1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile

18 Feb
1969: Lulu ties knot with Bee Gee

01 Oct
1970: Mourners killed as Nasser is buried

09 Jul
1973: Bahamas' sun sets on British Empire

03 Nov
1975: North Sea oil begins to flow

25 Oct
1976: Queen opens National Theatre in London

29 Oct
1976: Duchess opens massive Selby coalfield

05 Jul
1979: Queen oversees Manx millennium

29 Sep
1979: Pope calls for peace in Ireland

29 Jul
1981: Charles and Diana marry

23 Jul
1986: Prince Andrew weds Sarah Ferguson

11 Jul
1987: Soldiers remember Passchendaele

14 Jul
1989: Paris in 200-year-old revolutionary fervour

25 Jul
1989: Diana opens Landmark Aids Centre

06 May
1994: President and Queen open Chunnel

05 Oct
1994: Cult members die in 'mass suicide'

04 Aug
2000: Queen Mother celebrates centenary


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