Timeline: Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne

Fri Jun 1, 2012 3:26am EDT
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(Reuters) - February 1952 - Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, set out on a tour of Africa and Asia in place of her ailing father King George VI. George dies on February 6.

June 2, 1953 - Queen Elizabeth is crowned at Westminster Abbey in the first televised coronation service.

1960 - The queen gives birth to her third child, Andrew. Her eldest son, Charles, was born in 1948 and Anne in 1950. The queen has her last child, Edward in 1964.

1973 - The queen's only daughter, Princess Anne, marries Captain Mark Phillips. They divorce in 1992.

1977 - The queen marks her Silver Jubilee with a tour of Commonwealth countries and lavish celebrations in Britain.

July 29, 1981 - Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony. They divorce in 1996.

June 21, 1982 - A son, Prince William, is born to Charles and Diana on June 21. Prince Harry is born two years later.

July 23, 1986 - Andrew marries publishing executive Sarah Ferguson, known as "Fergie".

1992 - Her 40th year on the throne, which the queen calls her 'annus horribilis' (horrible year), is marked by marital upsets and public dissent. Andrew and Sarah separate. Anne divorces Mark Phillips. Photos of a topless Sarah kissing her "financial adviser", Texan John Bryan, cause a furor.   Continued...