Updated: 30 January 2012 12:48 | By Francis Whittaker
Moments the Queen has reigned through

Queen Elizabeth II: 60 years of history



Queen Elizabeth II: 60 years of history (© ANDREW WONG/Reuters)
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  • 1951-1955: Churchill's second premiership (© PA Archive)
  • 1953: Korean War ends (© PA Archive)
  • 1955-1968: US civil rights movement (© AP Photo)
  • 1955-1975: Vietnam War (© AP Photo)
  • 1956: Suez crisis (© PA Images)
  • 1957: Sputnik I and II (© PA Archive)
  • 1961: 'Wind of Change' speech (© PA Archive)
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As one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world, Queen Elizabeth II has experienced a lot in her 60 year reign.

Prior to taking the throne in 1952, Elizabeth had already seen active service in World War II as a mechanic and military truck driver. Since then, she's seen - and in some cases, played an active part in part in - some of the biggest, world-changing events in modern history. Click through to find out more...

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