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Diamond Jubilee

England's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, commemorating 60 years on the British throne. Her reign is the second longest for a British monarch after Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 7 months. Princess Elizabeth was crowned on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey after the death of her father George VI. Although she had been proclaimed queen when her father died in February, 1952, the official ceremony was not held until after a period of mourning for the late king. She was 26 years of age when she ascended the throne — the first coronation to be televised. To learn more about Queen Elizabeth and the royal family check out some the following items from the Library's collection:

Elizabeth the Queen: the life of a modern monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

Her majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and her court by Robert Hardman

Lilibet: an intimate portrait of Elizabeth II by Carolly Erickson

Monarchy. The complete series. Disc 1 [videodisc] by a production of Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel Four Television and Granada Video

Our times: the age of Elizabeth II by A.N. Wilson

Queen Elizabeth [videodisc]: the reluctant monarch

The story of Queen Elizabeth II [videodisc]

The Windsors [videodisc]: a royal family by a Brook Associates/WGBH Educational Foundation co-production

The Windsors [videodisc]: from George to Kate: Britain's royal family in the modern era by written and directed by Robert Garofalo

The women of Windsor: their power, privilege, and passions: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Princess Anne by Catherine Whitney