Queen Elizabeth begins celebrations for her 70th throne anniversary – Archyde

LONDON, February 5 (Reuters) – A smiling Queen Elizabeth opened celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne by inviting local community groups to her residence in Sandringham in east England on Saturday.

Sunday is dedicated to the Queen Platinum Anniversary, a first for a British monarch.

Elizabeth, 95, became King George VI after the death of her father. on February 6, 1952 Queen of Great Britain and more than a dozen other kingdoms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand while on an international tour in Kenya.

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Among the Queen’s guests at Sandringham was Angela Wood, who in 1953, as a student cook, helped create Coronation Chicken, a curry and mayonnaise-based dish invented to celebrate Elizabeth’s reign and is still enjoyed today.

The Queen, wearing a light blue dress, also cut a celebratory cake baked by a local resident and listened to a performance of “Congratulations” played by a concert band, Buckingham Palace said.

Elizabeth continued to perform Official Duties well into her 90s but has been little seen in public since she spent a night in hospital last October with an unspecified illness and was then told by doctors to rest.

However, Buckingham Palace released footage on Friday ahead of Sunday’s landmark showing her looking at items from previous royal anniversaries, such as a fan she gave to her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to mark her 50 , friends and politicians.

Ironically, Elizabeth was not destined to be monarch at birth and only became queen because her uncle Edward VIII abdicated to be with divorced American Wallis Simpson.

But in 2015 she overtook Victoria as Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign in a lineage that traces its origins to Norman King William I and his conquest of England in 1066.

This weekend’s low-key events are the prelude to even more pomp and celebration of the Platinum Jubilee in early June. The government has added an extra public holiday to the usual spring day off to make a four-day weekend.

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Reporting by Andy Bruce Editing by Frances Kerry

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