Queen marks 60 years on the throne
UK: Queen Elizabeth II, who on Monday marks exactly 60 years on the
throne, has spent a lifetime upholding her pledges to serve her peoples,
earning a reputation in the process for calm shrewdness.
When she ascended to the throne in 1952 aged just 25, Winston
Churchill was prime minister of Britain, Jawaharlal Nehru led the
newly-independent India and swathes of Africa and Asia were still
governed by Britain.
In the 60 years since, Queen Elizabeth has been a symbol of constancy
as Britain's empire dwindled, throughout the Cold War and through the
huge social upheavals between the post-war gloom and the digital age.
Despite the changing times and the very public ups and downs of the
royal family, Elizabeth remains a largely revered figure and can lay
claim to be the most recognised woman on the planet. Born in London on
April 21, 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary -- nicknamed "Lilibet" by her
family -- was third in line to the throne behind her uncle Edward,
prince of Wales, and her father, George, duke of York. AFP