Queen's Jubilee Year

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60th year on the throne this year 2012. She's been British monarch since February 1952.

To mark this important milestone, the palace released an official photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh taken by photographer, John Swannell.

Like most of her official portraits, the Queen donned the State Diadem tiara originally made for King George IV in 1820.

The jubilee celebration kicked off last January and will continue up to the last month of this year.

This is going to be the busiest year of the British royal family as each member will be dispatched to different regions in the realms to represent Her Majesty.

The official jubilee portrait: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo credit: John Swannell

This year, the British monarchy is not only celebrating the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne but also the 60th death anniversary of the Queen's father, King George VI, and the 10th death anniversary of the Queen's mother and her only sibling who both died in 2002.

King George VI died in his sleep on February 9, 1952 in Sandringham Estate while his eldest daughter and her husband were on a tour in Kenya, South Africa.

The Queen became the first British monarch since King George I who was not on the British soil at the time of accession. She left Britain a Princess and returned a Queen.

The Queen and her family 

George's widow, Queen Elizabeth, known as the Queen Mother, died 50 years later, in March 2002, only three weeks after the death of their younger daughter, the Princess Margaret.

Her Majesty just turned 86 last April 21, 2012 but her official birthday celebration would not happen until the second Saturday of June during Trooping the Colours also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade.

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