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Queen Elizabeth II Ascended The Throne 68 Years Ago Today

It has been 68 years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne
February 6, 2020 - 11:20 / Sarah Schulz

On February 6th, 2020, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 68 years as the British reigning monarch. It was on February 6th, 1952 that Elizabeth ascended the throne from her late father, King George VI. 

It is a monumental day for Queen Elizabeth II today! February 6th, 2020 marks the 68th anniversary of her accession to the British throne. In celebration of this historical day, gun salutes will be fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park and the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.

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Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning British monarch 

The bells of Westminster Abbey (where the Queen was crowned and also married) will ring out to mark the Accession day as well. Elizabeth is the longest-reigning British monarch with 68 years under her belt. The second longest is Queen Victoria (1837-1901) at 63 years and 216 days, followed by King George III (1760-1820) at 59 years and 96 days.

1939 showing Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, in Windsor great Park with her white pony. 
 

The 93-year-old monarch ascended the thrown on February 6th, 1952 after her father, King George VI passed away. She was just 25 years old at the time. Elizabeth has been married to Prince Philip during her entire reign thus far and has lived to see 8 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren so far. She has been an incredible asset to the British monarchy in continuing the evolution of the Commonwealth.

Picture taken on November 4th, 1952 showing the Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London 

The Queen will celebrate privately 

The Queen will celebrate this milestone privately at her home in Sandringham, where she has spent most of her winter break. She did step out for a little engagement on Wednesday to unveil a plaque to commemorate her visit to the Norfolk pumping station, which her father originally opened 72 years ago. In two years, it is expected that she will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years on the throne.

LOOK AT The Queen's life in pictures HERE!  

Picture taken on 1945 at London showing Princess Elizabeth, the futur Queen Elizabeth II

Long live the Queen!