La 6 februarie 1952 murea regele George VI-lea al Regatului Unit si fiica sa in varsta de 25 de ani devenea Regina Elisabeta a II-a. George al VI-lea a devenit Rege intr-un moment de rascruce pentru Familia Regala britanica. Abdicarea lui Edward al VIII-lea a creat un moment propice pentru dezvoltarea miscarilor republicane. George al VI-lea si fiica sa Elisabeta au reusit sa treaca peste aceasta criza si sa intareasca increderea in Familia Regala.
Dupa o domnie de 60 de ani, Elisabeta a II-a isi sarbatoreste anul acesta Jubileul, declarand:
" Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.
In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.
I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.
I send my sincere good wishes to you all.