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June 4th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on the throne- Max Foster reports

The United Kingdom celebrates 60 years of Queen Elizabeth's reign today. Max Foster has more on the occasion.

In 1953, 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in a ceremony “steeped in tradition and religious symbolism,” Foster reports. “The first coronation held in the exact same spot was for William the Conqueror in 1066.”

The Queen returns to the Abbey today, marking the 60th anniversary of her reign in a low-key affair with close family and special guests.

Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Peter Phillips calls the occasion “a moment of great pride.” Phillips says, “There’s also the pride of being able to show our support as grandchildren and as children, to ensure she’s got a very supportive family around her.”

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