Best of 2012

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

BECOMING QUEEN

In February 1952, the 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth was enjoying a tour of Kenya with her husband of five years, Prince Philip, when her world changed forever. On Feb 6, her father King George VI died, prompting the 25-year-old royal to cut short her visit and return home, this time as the future Queen of England.