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Memories of Accession Day

Memories of Accession Day

Monday 6 February 2012 is the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Accession to the Throne in 1952.

The 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Website would like to hear your special memories of Accession Day over the years.  We’re inviting you to submit stories of what Accession Day means to you, how you’ve spent the occasion in the past, or how you’ll be marking the day this year.

We’d especially love to hear from those of you who remember the young Princess returning to the UK as Queen in 1952.

Our favourite stories will be published on the website and, if you’re lucky enough to have your submission selected, we’ll send you a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee souvenir from our collection.*  Submit your stories here.

Accession Day is both a reason for celebration and remembrance for The Queen and the Nation.  King George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father, died on 6 February 1952 at the age of 56, after a 16-year reign.  The Princess, who was only 25 years old at the time, was on tour in Kenya when she heard of her father’s death.  She returned to England in mourning and awaiting accession to the throne.

Although Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen immediately, it would be more than a year before The Queen’s Coronation took place at a glittering ceremony at Westminster Abbey in June 1953.

Accession Day is recognised across the nation in various ways.  Customary Royal Salutes will be fired, places of worship across the country will hold services, and in this very special Diamond Jubilee year, the media will be running special features to mark the 60-year of Her Majesty The Queen.

In Hyde Park there will be a 41-Royal Gun Salute by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at 12.00.  At the Tower of London, Gun Wharf, there will be a 62-Gun Salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at 13.00.

St Paul’s Cathedral will honour the day at Evensong with special parts of the Accession Service from the Book of Common Prayer sung.  At Manchester Cathedral the Accession will be celebrated at the lunchtime Eucharist with hymns, prayers and thanksgiving.

An exciting new three-part series from the BBC ‘The Diamond Queen’ commences on Monday 6 February.  The series looks at the life and reign of Her Majesty The Queen and includes interviews with members of The Royal Family and key political figures.

To submit your Accession Day memories please complete our online contact form and message box here.

For details of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Programme of Events and Central Weekend please click here.

*Prizes will be selected from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Online Store and will comprise of Diamond Jubilee Mugs, Keyrings, Medals or Bookmarks.

Image: The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun Royal Salute in Green Park, London, on Friday 6 February 2009. The salute marked the anniversary of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in 1952.  Photo credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth