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On February 6, 2012, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated across United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth countries to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne as the monarch of seven countries. After the death of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II became the monarch and is now queen regent of 16 sovereign states. Among these 12 were British colonies in 1952. Queen Elizabeth II is the second monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee. The other monarch is Queen Victoria.

For her Golden Jubilee celebrations Queen Elizabeth II had toured most of the countries of which she is the monarch. For the Diamond Jubilee, however, the royal family decided to tour the countries while Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, toured different parts of the United Kingdom. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall went on a tour of Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand. Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visited Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, went on a highly reported tour of the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu while Prince Henry toured the Bahamas, Belize, and Jamaica. Other members of the Royal Family also toured member-states of the Commonwealth of Nations to commemorate the occasion.

The celebration plans to mark the occasion were discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011. Celebrations have been held across UK the entire year. The country enjoyed an extended weekend in June. The River Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant was held in June and the Diamond Jubilee Concert was held in front of Buckingham Palace featuring acts representing the Queen's reign. On February 6, Accession Day, a 62-gun salute was mounted near the Tower of London and the Queen paid a visit to Norfolk.
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Last Updated on: October 1st, 2021