The Royals

Celebrating 60 Years: The Queen's Milestone Moments

As Britain's monarch celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, we take a look back at the highlights of her reign


On June 2, 1953, the queen's official coronation ceremony took place at London's Westminster Abbey. Her head-turning coronation wardrobe included three different crowns – one weighing over 4 lbs. and another encrusted with 1,333 diamonds – and an opulent Purple Robe of Estate, which took 12 seamstresses 3,500 hours to complete. The stately ceremony was the world's first televised coronation, watched by over 100 million American and 27 million Brits.