06 Feb '12, 7am

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II marks 60 years on throne

KING'S LYNN, United Kingdom (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II marks 60 years as monarch on Monday with a deliberately low-key programme of visits to eastern England, kicking off five months of diamond jubilee celebrations. The queen will visit the town hall in King's Lynn and then a nearby school, six decades to the day since she ascended to the throne after her father King George VI suddenly died on Feb 6, 1952. The day in Norfolk kicks off a series of events culminating in a flotilla of 1,000 boats sailing up the River Thames on June 3, led by the queen in an ornate barge adorned with flowers. At the age of 85, the queen's programme will be restricted to Britain over the next five months, but other members of the royal family will criss-cross the Commonwealth in her place.

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