Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Are you ready?!

As THE week begins,
follow my posts as The Diamond Jubilee unfolds
to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign

'I declare before you all that my whole life,
whether it be long or short, 
shall be devoted to your service
and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong'

- Princess Elizabeth, age 21, five years before coronation

Biographer William Shawcross describes the Queen as
'very steady and unassuming, but allowing herself to move with the times'

At age 86,
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest lived 
and second longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom
(Queen Victoria reigned 63 yrs)

and is the second longest serving current head of state in the world
(King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is longest)  

She has no intention of abdicating, although she may reduce her commitments over time
Graced with good genes, the Queen Mother passed away at age 101 in 2002

- photos by me -

Source: The Sunday Times Magazine, May 27 2012; Wikipedia