Queen Elizabeth II - History in Pictures
On Wednesday 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest serving monarch in British history, surpassing the record of Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. Elizabeth was proclaimed Sovereign on February 6 1952, following the death of her father King George the Sixth. Queen Elizabeth's coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 with great pomp and ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The event was celebrated with somewhat less pomp in a Coronation Ball in the RSL Hall in Charleville.
Queen Elizabeth is the only reigning monarch to have set foot on Australian soil. She first came to Australia, and to Queensland in 1954. The royal visit was a cause of great excitement. There were extensive preparations in Brisbane and also in Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.