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Queen marks 66th anniversary of her accession to the throne in Sandringham

PUBLISHED: 10:13 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 06 February 2018

Queen Elizabeth II, who succeeded her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London. Photo: PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II, who succeeded her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London. Photo: PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, is marking the 66th anniversary of her accession to the throne today.

How the news was reported. Picture: Archant libraryHow the news was reported. Picture: Archant library

As is tradition, the Queen spends Accession Day (February 6) in private in Sandringham Estate, where her reign began after her father, King George VI, died of lung cancer in 1952.

When her father died, the then-Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya with the Duke of Edinburgh. She left Kenya a princess and returned to the UK as a Queen at the age of 25.

The Queen at West Newton attending a church service. Photo: Stephen BiddleThe Queen at West Newton attending a church service. Photo: Stephen Biddle

On February 8, Elizabeth II was formally proclaimed Queen in St James’s Palace, Westminster.

Accession Day normally marks the end of her winter stay in Norfolk before she heads back to London via train from King’s Lynn railway station.

She made her last Sunday church service in Norfolk over the weekend, where she was greeted by more than 200 well-wishers in West Newton.

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