Silver Jubilee 1977

Silver Jubilee 1977

June 1977 was the official month of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee; the 25th anniversary of her reign.

She had become Queen of Great Britain in February 1952 on the death of her father George IV and was crowned on 2 June 1953.Young and considered beautiful, Elizabeth was a popular monarch. She was seen to bring glamour to post-war Britain that was only just coming out of rationing.

Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip had four children: Charles in 1948, Anne in 1950, Andrew in 1960 and Edward in 1964. There was a general public appreciation of a hard working queen fulfilling her public duties and raising a family.

The Silver Jubilee celebrations began with church services held across Great Britain on 6 February 1977. Then in May the Queen left London for a goodwill tour around Britain. Later in the year, she and Prince Philip went on a tour of the Commonwealth that included New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the West Indies.

The official Jubilee days coincided with the queen's official birthday, which takes place on one of the first three Saturdays in June. On 6 June, Elizabeth lit a bonfire beacon at Windsor Castle and a chain of beacons lit up across the nation to mark the start of the celebrations. The following day, she attended a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral followed by lunch at the Guildhall before returning home in a procession. An estimated 1 million people lined the route down the Mall to Buckingham Palace.

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